I've just arrived at my hotel in New York and thanks to the time difference , it is still Monday.
And let me say thanks to our muslim friends for making international travel such a pain in the arse, especially to America.
First of all, if you haven't booked your accomodation for the USA, you cannot check-in at Auckland airport.
Thus, i had to seek out internet and make an online booking before rejoining the queue, which had grown considerably longer. Fortunately, I had arrived in plenty of time.
I saw some muslims queing for the flights to Los Angelese on Monday afternoon. Some of the bushy bearded bastards in their white flowing robes were complianing about something and I thought, 'thanks to people of your faith, we have to go through so much hassle now.'
I said as much to a Canadian lady, adding when i went to the States in 95 there was none of this. She replied we lived 'in different times then.'
Soon after, it was the security checks but luckily I had no liquids with me, but it didn't stop some Indian guy giving me a frisking over.
After all this, I thought taking a few bottles of Wither Hills sauvignon blanc with me would make me feel better.
But as I was changing planes at LA, rather than flying direct to New York, i was told I could not board any plane with liquids- not even Wither Hils. As I grumbled under my breath, some passer-by mentioned at least I had't bought the wine and faced its confiscation.
And then we have the joys of LAX. Amid the usual security checks, is a stronger take off your jumpers and shoes. Remeber the Shoe Bomber, I suppose.
Fortunately having landed at JFK New York at 10ish local time in the evening there were no more checks.
So here I am in New York foir the next two nights, staying just off Broadway in Manhattan.
Not sure If i will visit ground Zero. Shopping and eating is on the cards instead. but we'll see.
And much as i might complain of all the extra security hassles, it does serve a purpose.
While London, Madrid and other places have had major bombings since September 11, the United States has been spared.
No more planes have ben flown into buildings. So these security policies must be working.
If only we could defeat the muslim menace instead!
In the meantime, travelers take not of the hassles ahead.