Saturday, January 9, 2010

Airport Scare

Now this didn't happen to me, but it did happen to someone I know. She was going through the airport this holiday season with her three-year-old daughter. When they got to the security check-point the worker took their boarding passes and ID. Except that she didn't have any ID for the three-year-old because, well, she's three. So the guy reads the boarding pass, turns to the little girl and says, "Rachel? You're Rachel?" And the little girl replies, "No. I'm Ariel." The mom had a little panic attack. Somehow she explained to the guard that she really likes princesses and that The Little Mermaid is her favorite and she pretends that her name is Ariel. Luckily they got an understanding guy who let them through without a problem.

So before the return trip, the mom explains to the little girl that when they go through the airport her name HAS to be Rachel, she can not be Ariel. The mom emphasized how important it was until the little girl seemed to grasp the seriousness of the situation. Now they are at the security check point. The guard is checking their passes and calls her name, "Rachel?" The girl replies, "When I am at the airport my mom told me I have to be Rachel." What?! Can you imagine how that statement can be misunderstood? You gotta love the blunt honesty of children! Again, miraculously, they were able to explain the situation and get through the security line without having to talk to the FBI.


K Harker said...

That is so funny, but I'm glad that sort of thing has not happened to me. I think I would have had a heart attack! No messing around at Security, they mean business.
That's good that they understand that kids will be kids.

Kim said...

Oh my gosh that hilarious/scary! Can you imagine if they got a grumpy security person and had to spend hours in the airport? Yikes. Good story though :)

Bonnie said...

I laughed out loud so long that Dad came in to see what I was laughing at. "Kids say the darndest things!" I bet that security guard has kids otherwise he wouldn't have understood. I always loved teaching primary cuz the kids would tell "family secrets" and I would get to tease the parents. (just a little)