Well I know a lot of you read my last tour blog (I have ways of counting you and knowing where you are…mwaaa ha ha ha ha) so I thought I’d do it again.
So lets start
Got to Copenhagen airport where the immigration people decided to make an example of us and security checked Pernille. The usual 1000 questions followed. You know the ones. “Have you ever been a terrorist?” ” Have you any intention of becoming a terrorist?” “Do you have an Uzi 9mm in your luggage?” “Do you have a sun tan from the recent nice weather here in Denmark or is it from a training camp in Pakistan?”
All this while Pernille is carrying a hot and tired 5 month old Viktor.
We eventually pass the check and we get to the counter of Delta Airways. The following takes place over the next hour and a half.
“Hi…. here our our passports and here is my confirmation number”. Lady at counter “Do you have your paper ticket for the baby?”. “errr….. no of course not. I booked online and got my confirmation online and nowhere in my email does it mention I will receive a paper ticket” is my reply. “Sorry sir, but we sent you a paper ticket for the baby. Not for you or your partner but just for the baby. It’s Delta Airlines policy”. ” I didn’t get it” is my reply. “Then you will have to pay for another ticket for the baby”. “No… here is my confirmation and my credit card information” I show email on my Blackberry. “Yes sir… Our records say you payed the full amount but we sent you a paper ticket and we can’t print another one for security reasons”. “BUT IT NEVER ARRIVED…. and nowhere on this email does it mention a paper ticket”. ” Sorry sir… we can not let you on the plane without the baby’s paper ticket”….”But I don’t have a paper ticket and I never have had one”… “well I’m afraid you will have to buy another ticket for the baby”…”But I have already paid for him and you have already said your records show I have paid and I never received a ticket and nowhere does it say I am going to receive one”… “But it’s Delta airways policy to….” …..I interupt…”YES SO YOU KEEP SAYING… but nowhere on this confirmation email does it mention that” The lady takes my Blackberry and scrolls through the email. “Oh…. yes you are right……how strange …….(smiles and hands me the Blackberry back)….. I’m sorry sir, we can not let you on the flight without the paper ticket for the baby”…….
With the gate closing, I have to pay $110 for another ticket for Viktor. ……….Fucking BASTARDS. NEVER fly Delta folks….!!!!
So we arrive in New York very angry and tired expecting another grilling from immigration but in fact, the guy is lovely and no line at all. Definitely a 1st for JFK. Go straight to our lovely friends Viola and Alex’s apartment in Tribeca. Lovely summer evening in Manhattan. Eating alfresco at 10pm. Meet my buddy Matt Shane in Lower East Side. It’s good to be back.
I’m writing this having just got back from watching the sun rise in Lower Manhattan. Try explaining to a 5 month old that its not actually 11am and Copenhagen….!!!! Oh the joys of parenthood. Having said that, it doesn’t get much better than sunrise over Manhattan with my son in my arms.
Thanks for reading and I’ll post again soon.