A Skycap met me at the curb with an infectious smile and too much spring in his step for 6:00 am, but I somehow found it contageous . “Where are you headed today?” “Um… Duluth?” He smiled, “Through what city?” “Um… Chicago…. ? This feels like a quiz.” He laughed, (Hey, I travel a lot, sometimes it can be confusing) “Well c’mon girl, I got you.”
He printed me new boarding passes (there was a gate change) checked my bag, called me “colorful” and I was off! Totally bypassed the long serpentine line of people at the United counter inside, still infected with a smile.
Next up was security. I can’t tell you how much time I spend in the TSA line at airports. As I joined the end of this ever expanding mass of people waiting… a man approached me and asked me if I traveled a lot. “Um, yes.” Joe wanted to chat with me about Clear. I had seen the Clear portal at the airport before, but I never thought much about using it. Joe explained to me that I could skip the long TSA line. “You know what? Let’s do it.” I was probably his easiest sale of the day. Then again, how many sales could he have made by 6:15 am?
Do you know about Clear? It’s a pretty cool concept. You pay $179 per year to skip the entire security line in any airport they operate out of. Orlando has Clear at all terminals. Joe from Clear was the second person I encountered at MCO this morning who made me smile.
I was interested in the concept of bypassing the security line, for sure. Joe explained to me that they finger print you, iris scan you, scan your photo ID and put you into the data base. From here on out, I just give them my finger tips, no license, no line. Once I pass through the Clear portal, I am added to the very front of the line to go through the body and luggage scanner. Nice.
Once I was “Cleared” I headed toward United Airlines’ gates. The only thing I don’t love about flying United is that this terminal is the ONLY one at MCO without a Starbucks. Not only does that mean no half-soy, half-nonfat latté, but it also means no steel cut classic oatmeal. Sigh.
So this morning I had a slice of home-made banana bread at home (I was prepared for this) and decided to try café con leche at the Zaza Cuban Coffee. Why not? Today seemed to be all about switching it up and benefiting from flexibility.
Guess what? the coffee was great.
As I scurried to gate 42, I remembered one of my travel must-haves, water. I always bring an empty water bottle and fill it once I’m through security. This way I have water not only to keep well hydrated when flying, but also for washing glue and watercolor brushes in flight.
Yes, I often create art on my seat-back tray table.
My journey this week does not end in Duluth. I’m headed to La Pointe, WI, and Madeline Island School of the Arts, to teach a five-day Paper Paintings collage workshop. This is also going to be a new experience, as my typical workshop is three days.
Flexibility can present opportunity, if you let it.
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