Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Uh Oh... Airline Travel Restrictions for Bookworms!

Did that get your attention? Don't worry, bookworms can still fly but we might all need to get e-readers! Check out number five in this list of personal items allowed in the carry-on policy for United-- bookworms get their own mention.   
The following personal items are not counted toward your one bag and one personal item limit:

Assistive devices (canes, crutches, etc.
Child safety seats for ticketed children
Infant restraint devices (infant seat with or without stroller, front pouch or back carrier)
Outer garments (coats, hats, etc.)
Reading material (a reasonable amount)
Umbrellas (one per passenger)
Food and beverages to be consumed onboard

Hahaha-- too funny! Bookworms do lug too many books!!  But dang, what is a reasonable amount?  Maybe taking my nine hundred page tome isn't the best idea but I could sure do some damage with that baby if the air marshall requires back-up! Whack Whack-- thud!................ I'm back... I'm back... Just drifted off on a gratifying flight of fancy! 

Two hours left to choose my reasonable amount of reading material-- Oh, the pressure-- and Oh, the agony of leaving behind my current hefty read.  What to take... hmm... maybe a couple of paperbacks from my TBR--- that sounds worthy and reasonable... but which ones?!

By the way, my last flight was in 2004 and I had the most horrendously difficult but hilarious (in retrospect) time getting on the plane-- really it was worth of a Seinfeld episode.  

My adventures involved an expired drivers license; a wild taxi ride to a DMV;  a race to get through check-in and security; and of course, wouldn't you know it--- getting singled out for  the super security check pat down. Yep, little ol' me-- guess I did look half crazy and mighty suspicious by that time!! They even pawed through my picnic bag of bacon sandwiches and garden tomatoes! Ooo.. scary tomatoes! Guess I could've been masterminding a food fight. ;o)

This time, I have been checking and double-checking travel requirements and carry-on policies-- and renewing my driver's license!! Yep, expired again-- just happened to be at the DMV this week to renew car tags and checked my license on spec... whew!

 So if you see any airport ruckus on the news, I hope and pray that it isn't me!!


  1. Bookworm fantasies crack me up! HAHAHAHA!

    Hope you got a good read! I just went online and ordered my books from my library. We are going to Longview this weekend. I only got 5. Hope they last!

    Have fun!

  2. having just flown, I can tell you the e-reader is not the cure all. They make you stop reading until they're all the way in the air! "If it has an on off switch, turn it off until the pilot says it's safe to turn them back on". How in the world do you deal with the fracas of take-off without a book? Skymall was a bitter disappointment...

  3. At least they let us bring something to read on board. But that's an excellent question: what IS a reasonable amount? :)

  4. Hey Everyone!...and umm...I can't begin to explain how disappointing air travel is nowadays. Though too, I can't imagine carry books (in a concernable amount) on vacation. Ugh...jet skiing, or skiing, fine dining, and goodness knows what all else I would be looking to get into. Reading the entire trip? LOL. I don't think so.

  5. I am keeping Room for my next flight on the 7th. I think that will be good!

  6. I still recommend a new Evanovich for in flight reading. So funny it distracts me from my fear of flying. But for those long hemisphere-crossing marathons that my family does one book is just not enough.

  7. Haha! That's totally me when I travel ;-) Weighing down the aircraft with my reading material...

  8. Did you watch for me on the news? No problems of any kind at the airport-- I didn't even see anyone getting bodyscanned! Our group of 4 had 8 books between us-- guess that is reasonable.

    I took only two books (a medium hardback and a paperback) but ended up reading my hub's Las Vegas Travel book on the way-- read my Percy Jackson on the way back though.

    Tracy: Oh that would be a pain-- can't the kindle be in read only mode or is it always connected to the net? Yeah, skymall was dull-- the darth vader toaster on the cover was cool though.

    EG: Thanks for visiting from my other blog!!

    RYCJ: I definitely read more on roadtrips. You're right-- one shouldn't read their whole vacation away-- I didn't read at all in Vegas-- too busy having fun during the day and too exhausted before bed!


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