I was inspired to write this post after visiting the new airport terminal at Raleigh-Durham International. Sometimes technology moves at light speed and I was a bit blown away but the whole process (this coming from a former travel girl). But if that was remarkable, even moreso is the fact that I’m currently on an airplane using $5 wifi to get this post. It’s a crazy world, isn’t it?
I’m on an airplane headed to Seattle. I’m thrilled to be working with Nintendo as a Brand Ambassador and by the time I publish this, I should be safely on the ground at home having had a wonderful time (see how I assume like that).
Today has been pretty weird. I haven’t traveled in quite some time. I flew in February 2010 to Orlando. It was a quick and easy flight to Disney. This is different. RDU has a new terminal.
It’s big and shiny and modern (with glass and steel 😉 ) and full of big security lines. No big deal, right? No. It was a big deal. Check-in is virtually a people-less process. I predicted this day. Looked forward to this day.
I worked in the travel industry many years ago and remember my clients complaining about having e-tickets as we called them back then. They wanted and needed the security of the paper ticket in hand. Now look at us.
It’s a do-it-yourself society. And I don’t really mind. I think I’m more efficient than the average person so I’d rather help myself through the process.
And then the security line. It wasn’t anything terribly new. Shoes off. Laptop out. Everything in a bin. And then I had to stand in this big Total Recall- looking booth. Feet on the yellow footprints. Arms raised overhead. Part of it felt like I was training for a new Charlie’s Angels movie. Other parts of it felt like something out of a Ray Bradbury novel. The future has arrived.