Monday, May 11, 2009

PASSING INSPECTION ... EN ROUTE TO TAIPEI


All hell broke loose aboard United Flight #891 to Tokyo today when a team of officials from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare boarded the flight for a "Routine Quarantine Inspection." I knew something was up when the Flight Attendant handed me a "Questionnaire of Health Status" which, she said, I would need to fill out and provide to government officials when we landed. Questions included: (1) Do You Suffer from Mucus or Rhinostenosis? and (2) Are you taking any Antiphlogistics or Antifebriles? I answered "no" to everything and got my camera into position. Sure enough, minutes after we arrived at the gate, a team of officials wearing what looked like Bright, Blue Hazmat suits boarded the plane, videotaped each passenger and inspected everyone carefully. I'm pleased to say that I passed inspection with flying colors ... and was awarded a surgical mask for my troubles. That's more than I can say for the swine in seat #7D who kept knocking into my armrest. He passed inspection but, if you ask me, he looks like he's seen better days.



7 comments:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

There must be more to the story for you to call someone a swine, or was he just a pig?

Indigo said...

Looks like they were taking the swine flu threat rather seriously. (Hugs)Indigo

Beth said...

Congrats on the cool new facial gear! Maybe you can take a Sharpie and draw a pig snout on your mask. Think they'd find that amusing? Yeah, maybe not. :)

garnett109 said...

Looks like he battled several swine flu wars and lost!

Saltydawg said...

He could eat a toffee apple through a tennis racket with those teeth........ Yeah I'm back ;-)
Gaz

Lynne said...

Yes, what Ken said! Or a piglet?

Joann said...

Enjoy your time in Taipei... keep that mask on!!!