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August 10, 2006: Terror Alert, San Jose | by Matt McGee
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August 10, 2006: Terror Alert, San Jose

Crazy day to have to fly home. On arrival at the San Jose Airport, airline and airport officials were shouting and putting up signs about the new carry-on restrictions -- nothing even remotely resembling a liquid substance. Nobody explained why ... but the security checkpoint line was at a standstill for a looooong time.

 

At such a nearly hour (6:00 am), the airport was understaffed, and so waves of TSA officials, police, and other folks in uniforms kept arriving at the airport while we stood in line.

 

This photo is actually when I had made it up near the front, right before the actual checkpoint. I should've turned around to shoot a photo -- the line had snaked back around 3 corners and was interfering with the lines all the way out at the ticketing area.

 

It was absolutely nuts. And it was only when we finally got on board the jet that the pilot said there was an alert out of the UK for terrorists making liquid-based bombs.

 

Part of my 1/365 project: 1 photo per day for 365 days.

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Taken on August 10, 2006