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Hawaii - A Great Destination for the American Tourister and his or her LuggageThe first time I stepped out of an airplane onto the tarmac in Honolulu, Hawaii, I felt like it was raining soft petals. The air was heavy with the perfume of tropical flowers. It was March 1980 and I had 5 weeks of vacation ahead of me. I left freezing weather at Tahoe where my yard was buried under snow, and nearby ski areas were still in operation. Just the anticipation of spending time in a tropical paradise was pure euphoria.

Four of us traveled together. Our entourage included my fiance, George, and his two best friends, Sam and Skip. George and Skip were accomplished outdoor enthusiasts who camped out in all seasons. Sam and I were along for the ride. Continue Reading »

As luck would have it, our return flight¬† to Los Angeles was the Tuesday after the death of Osama bin Laden the previous Sunday. We knew that the Miami Airport would be on high-alert and all airport routines would be met with an increased diligence. We allowed ourselves extra time and did not begrudge the slow pace of the TSA’s (Transportation Security Administration) conscientious attention to detail.

As we approached airport security to our airline’s gate we were greeted with the obligatory commands to remove our jackets, belts, shoes, and everything from our pockets. Ordered to place those items in the plastic bin and our carry-on bags (for ease of transit in the airport, consider wheeled carry-on luggage) on the conveyor belt, we obliged. Continue Reading »