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Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 at 11:15 am. About Ramblings.

My experience at the San Jose, CA airport

We flew into the San Jose, CA airport on March 30th, and as our American Airlines flight arrived at Terminal A, we got off of the plane, and walked around in search of information about our next flight, an Alaska Airlines segment. Unfortunately, getting out of our current area to pursue another flight required leaving the secured area, which I did not want to do because we did not want to go through security again. However, we could not find our next flight on any of the TV screens, and there was no indication that Alaska Airlines even used this airport. After wandering around, we asked a security guard, who informed us that we would have to leave the secured area for the bus stop, get on a bus to Terminal C, and then go through security again to get to our next flight.

Let me explain what going through security means to my family. It means unpacking Evan’s laptop, unpacking our family camcorder, getting Gabriel out of his stroller, taking Gabriel’s jacket off, taking shoes off while holding a baby, getting all of his baby food out in a plastic bag, and standing in line with a baby who just wants to roll around after being cooped up. We had mentally prepared ourselves to do this once in Austin, but after being on flight nearly four hours in duration, much of which was spent taking turns walking the aisles with Gabriel to keep him quiet and distracted from shrieking, when I realized I had to go through security again, it was like a blow to my determination.

One of the flight attendants told us that there was a lot of money allocated for improving the San Jose airport. Evan asked if there were plans to connect the terminals. She looked at us as if she was somewhat surprised by this comment. Duh.

So just a warning to those of you out there traveling with children or who may have tight connections – the San Jose, CA airport is to be avoided. I had better success in the other San Jose airport -the one in Costa Rica.

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