Suddenly, I lost existance.
I was waiting patiently in the airport, quietly watching people go by. My luggage was stacked up next to me and I felt that I looked like quite the world traveler. Suddenly this illusion was shattered when a security type guy came with a luggage cart and began loading my luggage. I sputtered a protest, 'Hey, that's my luggage.'
He looked at me, annoyed and said, "Luggage can't be left unattended."
"I AM attending it," I said incredulous.
"You don't understand, SOME BODY needs to be in possession of the luggage," he said and I didn't get his implication, not yet, I was still too startled.
"I am in possession of this luggage, it is MINE," my voice is rising.
He looks at me with exaggerated patience, "SOME BODY (long pause) needs to be attending the luggage."
I got it then, I wasn't SOME BODY, "Are you suggesting that I can't supervise my own luggage because I'm in a wheelchair?"
"You need to settle down, sir."
"What are you going to TAZER me? You are stealing my luggage," I'm almost screaming now.
"Sir, Sir, SIR, you don't understand, luggage can't be unattended," what world have I slipped in to?
"I AM ATTENDING MY LUGGAGE!!"
At this point a pilot in uniform happens by and sees a commotion. He comes over automatically siding with the security guy. He asks what is going on, before security can answer, I say, "He says my luggage is unattended because I am a disabled man and can't supervise my own luggage."
Pilot looks skeptical and security man says, "He doesn't understand that luggage must be attended at all times."
Mr. Pilot's face begins to show both horror and outrage, he looks at me, "I am so sorry sir, really really sorry ..."
The security guard is lead a few feet away and they have heated words, I keep hearing about 'unattended luggage' ... finally security leaves and the pilot offers me more apology. I just thank him for his help.
I'm home now and still shocked, this blog begins what I'm sure is going to be an interesting correspondance with the airport.