"U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. Its officers are monitoring the health of incoming travelers and taking "all appropriate precautions," including referring a person with symptoms to a quarantine station or a local health official for evaluation."
At that time I was sure that every Swine Flu (H1N1) case in neighboring Mexico was flying into the United States via Bush International and had arrived minutes before my flight from Belize City. These coughing and sneezing people were standing in a mile long immigration line right in front of me!!! Of course at this time I was concerned about my health and the health of my loved one--Betsy. I was surprised at the length of the line, but it was the health of the other immigration "cattle" I was concerned about. In 2009 I had 3 or 4 hours between flights and the long line was simply an inconvenience. Well there was really very little to be concerned about. Few incidents of Swine Flu occurred as a result of people bringing in the virus on international flights. Flights from Mexico City were reduced and those that remained were monitored very closely. I did not have any of these statistics in my head while I stood in the winding line that year, but all was fine. I got through the line, I felt like a cow being led to the "end of days." I made it to my boarding gate and even had to wait a bit before we boarded the last leg of a very long day. A little stress. Some exhaustion, but relatively unscathed.
Not this year!!!!
The day started on Caye Caulker at the Caulker "airport" as I mentioned in the first part of this two-part blog entry. Our carrier, Maya Island Air is one of two airlines that serve this island. It is the smaller of the two with --
|Small and cozy.|
|Goodbye Belize !|
An easy flight. We even land early. We have about 70 minutes until the Cleveland flight is scheduled to leave. The survival adventure begins.
Wikipedia entry about Temple Grandin.
Of the 12 passengers that we started with, two, Judy and Morgan, live in North Carolina and had three hours to make their flight. No problem. Wally and Norma, Betsy and I made the flight. Six did not. They needed to reschedule their flight to Cleveland and got home very late the same evening. Not a tragedy. Just another mishap.