Monday, January 27, 2003

Heringer's in the Philippines, Day 15

We got up at 3:30 a.m. Jack and I left for the airport at 4:30 a.m. Sharon stayed and traveled to Thailand later in the day with Pat.

Jack and I got to the airport a little after 5:00 a.m. We spent the next two hours going through the most intense security screening I have ever seen. Jack and I were pulled out of the check-in line. They went through all of the bags that we were checking; we had to empty the bags and repack them. Once we checked the luggage, Jack and I got in the line to pass through the metal detector and have the carry-ons x-rayed. When we passed through this check point, we were met with another long line. In this line, they were having everyone completely unpacked their carry-on bags. They examined the contents. They also took our shoes away from us. We had to stand in another line to get our shoes back and then were allowed to board the plane. All of this took over two hours. They closed the doors on the plane and it took off about 20 minutes after we boarded.

The next twenty two hours were relatively uneventful. Jack was more subdued on the trip home than he was on the trip out; there were no episodes of him bouncing off the seats and walls.

The only melt-down on the way back was in the Tokyo airport. We had a two hour lay-over. While wandering through one of the shops, Jack saw some toys that he had to have. When I would not let him have a toy, he went berserk.

The oddest part of the whole trip was the time change. Jack and I left Manila on a 7:30 a.m. flight on Monday, January 27. After traveling sixteen hours, we arrived in San Francisco about 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 27.

By the time, we drove home from the airport, we had been traveling almost exactly 24 hours.

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