I arrived in New York City late Sunday afternoon where I’ll be for the next few days on client business. Flew in on the direct KLM flight from Amsterdam.
As this was my first trip back to the US since the terror alert a couple of weeks ago, I was half expecting big delays and exhaustive security at Schiphol airport this morning. None of that at all, just the usual bag scans, etc. Unlike in the UK – Heathrow continues to be an absolute nightmare to travel from.
The only thing that was different was the restriction on items you cannot take in your cabin baggage – liquids, gels, etc – reflecting such restrictions most European countries are applying on travel to the US and to the UK. KLM has a list on their website.
It does look as though relaxed air travel will never be the same again. Two alternatives highlighted in the FT – the benefits of virtual travel for those who really do want to travel, and some different ideas for those who don’t.
Anyway, it’s nice to be back in this great city again. Great weather, with temps around the 30 Celsius mark. A quick stroll this evening around Broadway and Times Square (a couple of photos on the moblog) just to get that Las Vegas feeling.
I can’t co-present Monday’s edition of the FIR podcast. So Shel’s co-oped Terry Fallis who co-presents the Inside PR podcast (discover that one if you haven’t already). I’m looking forward to listening to the show when Shel posts it during Monday.