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Boarding Closed


It wasn’t the first time I did something stupid for love, & there is no chance it will be the last time, either. At Chicago International, already through security, with 45 minutes until take off, I decide to search for the blue metal die cast airplane toy that my son lost in the airport’s indoor playground the last time we were there. There are roughly 15 various lost & found entities in Chicago International. For a toy lost in the airport playground, I was directed to the lost & found in baggage claim, outside of the secure area. There was no line at security, so I thought I’d be able to leave & get back in without a hitch after a quick ask for the toy plane at the baggage claim lost & found. They don’t have it.

By the time I get back to the security gate, pull out my phone & scroll to the electronic boarding pass web page, the web page was nowhere to be found. Unreal! Now what?! I find the email message with the itinerary link & ticket number. No big deal. I plug in my ticket number again to pull up the e-boarding pass. The ticket number doesn’t work anymore! What??!!! I hightail it to the ticketing counter to get a printed boarding pass…. Got it! What a relief!! I zip through security & run like lightening to gate F22. The man standing at the empty gate F22 reiterates what I’d read on the sign above him: BOARDING CLOSED. “Please, sir, my e-boarding pass didn’t work [gasp for breath], so I had to go get a printed pass for this flight [gasp for another breath]. Please, sir, I need to get home to my kids, who are just 2 & 4 years old. Please! [Panting for breath]”   He says, “OK, you may go.”   I am wholly grateful, “Thank you, sir!!!!!”

While the undoubtedly amazing digital technology got my bag & I checked in early, I am equally stoked to have a printed boarding pass that won’t get lost in cyberspace at the very moment when I need it. My son will likely never see that toy plane again. And, I’ll be adamant about getting a paper boarding pass as back up for at least the next few years of flying. The world of print is still essential – and for me last week … a lifesaver!



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