So, after getting my gripe off my chest, I got a bit of perspective.
At the terminal I was flying from, all mandatory screening happened at the departure gate, not pre-immigration. Some airports have screening as you enter the airport. Others have the main screening before you go through immigration -this being my primary experience- and Iâ€™m sure there are many other variations.
I donâ€™t know about you, but once Iâ€™m through immigration, psychologically speaking I feel like â€œIâ€™m throughâ€. I relax a little. If my carry-on was a tincy-wincy overweight, I give thanks that it wasnâ€™t weighed/no one was fussed about it. Loo stop, refill/fill my tumbler with water, then I turn my focus towards where Iâ€™m gonna enjoy my pre-flight coffee and pause.
In my brain, the most -security checks wise- I still need to do is make sure my passport and boarding pass are safe and easily accessible. Iâ€™m not expecting another rigmarole, nor having to choke down my water and then show the security lady my empty (bar a slice of lemon) tumbler.
But… if Iâ€™d really been paying attention, and also more awake, I would have known a security check would be coming. In fact, when I check it, I really have no excuse, as I routinely fly in and out of the airport I was at.
So to gripe or not to gripe? Well, that is not the question cos I already did! 🙂
But is there anything of substance to glean from this? Yeah. Drink your water before you get to the departure gate! Soz, thatâ€™s all I got!