Thursday, August 27, 2015

Of all the airports in all the towns in all the world...

How many times has this happened to you?

You're at the Beijing Airport and you get stopped by security for trying to bring a bottle of imported cognac onto the plane in your carry-on.  Airport security, ever mindful of the threat that French brandy carries with it, tell you you can't bring it on the plane.

Do you...
a) let them throw it out?
b) walk off into the mist with Captain Renault, sibilantly whispering, " Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"?
c) guzzle it all right then and there?

That's what happened to a traveler identified only as Miss Zhao recently, as she attempted to board her transfer flight.  She slammed it all back, which did remove the cognac from the
bottle, but created the new problem of what the cognac did to her.

She "went right wild," as the old expression goes.  She was movin' to the groovin', yelling all out of her head and going flippo. Eventually, she passed out, landing on the floor in the manner of billions of other inebriates have done over the centuries.

And the Chinese authorities decided that the floor was the best place for her, as she would have been a security risk to herself and others had she boarded the plane.
I'd rather have a can of beer,
s'il vous plaît 

They took her to an infirmary in the airport where a doctor checked her out, and later that evening, her family came to get her and bring her home. 
I hope it was really good cognac!

By the way, here at the BWI Airport outside Baltimore, so far this year, security has collected 7 handguns that 7 people thought would be a good idea to take on the plane with them.  

But not one bottle of cognac, so at least we have that going for us.

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