Sunday, July 4, 2010
Great Way to Celebrate the 4th of July!
Coming back to the USA today was a great way to
celebrate the 4th of July! We left the hotel in Cardiff, Wales at 3:30 a.m. to drive to the Heathrow airport in London. This photo was taken from the window seat in the airplane right before we landed at JFK airport.
The security seemed extra tight at both of the airports and I wondered if it was related to the holiday. We went through several security checks - it seemed like more than the standard precedure. After getting off the plane at JFK, picking up our luggage, going through customs and immigrations, we left the building and walked outside with our luggage to terminal 2.
After arriving at terminal 2, the security personel diverted us from going through security at terminal 2 and we were led outside with all our carry-on luggage, playing follow the leader to terminal 3, before being allowed to go through a security check. I heard the security guard say that they needed to take more time to check the computer of the cute Indian family that I was behind. I was stopped completely from allowing my carry-on items to go through the scanner until the security had finished completely checking all the family's luggage that was waiting in the line before Wayne and I. That was a first!
After getting through security we sat around the airport for a couple of hours. We were all loaded on the airplane for SLC on time but then had to wait for at least a hot, half hour while we were waiting for the Delta flight attendants to board, before finally taking off. After taking off to Salt Lake City and about 45 minutes in the air, we were watching TV, and a special news report came on CNN.
There had been a bomb threat and a suspicious package found in terminal one at the JFK airport. They closed down terminal one and everyone had to evacuate the building. After many hours it was concluded that the package wasn't dangerous but we were really thankful to be already heading home and not still waiting around for the plane to take off.
It was a beautiful flight. As we approached the mountains in Utah they were so green because we haven't had much of a spring and just went from winter into summer with more water than usual this year. Wayne and I couldn't figure out where we were as we flew over the Utah mountains because everything looked so different - everything looked so green. Don't you love the Utah mountains?
Joe and Michelle picked us up at the airport and we're a little tired so I'll have to write more tomorrow when I'm more alert. I'm afraid I might offend someone. Ha! Hope everyone had a great and safe weekend!