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.
Hello Mr. Hobson!
My name is Elizabeth Wood Rodgers and I am from Auburn, Ala. I am a senior this semester at Auburn University and my class has started blogging this year. I came across your latest posting about how you are back in NY. I just completed my internship with Harrison & Shriftman, a public relations firm in the city for the summer. I had a wonderful experience. I am back in Alabama and am trying to get back into the routine of school.
Anyways, I just wanted to say I am glad you made it back safely to the city and I wanted to introduce myself, as I will probably be reading a lot of posts from you this semester. I was interested in the comments you made about the air travel and the terrorist threats. We are glad to have you back in the US. I am looking forward to blogging with you this semester!
The biggest thing you should be noticing right now is that the Yankees have pummeled the Red Sox for four games straight. Welcome to New York, the center of the media, financial and entertainment universe. Home of the New York Yankees, 26 times World Champions.
Hey Mr. Hobson,
My name is Rachel and I am a senior at Auburn University in the Public Relations Department. I was reading your blog and it caught my attention, because I do a lot of traveling back and forth from home, Pittsburgh, PA, to school here in Auburn. I was interested to see how air traffic has changed, but after reading your blog it doesn’t sound like I have too much to worry about, just a few liquids being checked instead of carried. I can handle that! Anyways, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself, I look forward to hearing from you this upcoming semester!
Welcome back Neville. Let me know if you want any suggestions on restaurants and/or sights to see while you’re in town. I’ll be out of town for a couple of days returning on Wednesday night. Drop me a line if you’re interested in getting together.
Thanks, everyone for your warm words. I wish I had time for some social things on this trip, but unfortunately it’s just all business.
Elizabeth and Rachal, thanks to you for visiting this blog and I hope you find some things of use here.
Mark and Rob, a beer next time!
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