So apparently Mitch (Pearl Companies’ CTO) and I have something in common. We both apparently have horribly bad luck when traveling. This winter he must have tried three or more times to get to the Latham office only to have it snowed out each time. Now I’ve had similar luck. The first time I tried flying out in June I got a 103 fever the night before I was supposed to fly out and we had to cancel at the last minute. This time around I was supposed to be flying out with 3 other coworkers but someone put in their notice and they had to cancel all but me for the trip because there were things that needed to be done with that. Finally, this morning at 4am while I was on my way to the airport, I managed to get a flat tire on my car.
On the upside, I was able to get the donut on pretty quick (15 minutes or so) and still got to the airport with plenty of time, but still… Apparently they now have electronic boarding passes at Albany International Airport. They just send you an e-mail with a link to a boarding pass page that gives a QR code style barcode that they read at the checkpoint. It’s pretty slick though only supported by the left most check-in lane at the moment. I was pleased to find that most of the useless “security” stuff wasn’t at ALB yet, though I was actually pleasently surprised to notice a few actual good ideas on their part for security proceedures that could actually make a bit of difference and were fairly non-intrusive. Too bad we couldn’t do that before wasting billions on useless backscatter machienes, but then again, lobbyists and government contractors need to be able to put nice food on their solid gold tables and make people feel safe regardless of any actual impact on security.