I flew from St .Louis to Las Vegas on August 8th. Like everyone else, I found that the world changed again (at least for flyers) on August 10th. I was headed for a large meeting of my professional fraternity, and I was the honorary chaplain for the meeting. I took time on the morning of the 10th to address the convention body and asked everyone to use good common sense, not to panic, plan ahead and follow the rules. I updated the members daily (because I am a big news watcher) and encouraged everyone to continue to stay calm. Many of us had been watching the local news and seeing the long lines that initially plagued everyone at McCarran and we were all more than a bit worried. I flew home on August 12, and heeding my own advice, left for the airport quite early (4 hours before my flight). I am delighted to report that from the time I left the hotel, to the time I arrived at my gate, only ONE hour had passed. Of course, that left me with 3 hours at the gate! The Southwest staff members were doing their best to keep everyone calm and as relaxed as possible under the circumstances. I am pleased to report that I arrived home safe and on time. Thanks to the staff at Southwest for making a bad situation tolerable!
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