Flight Departs 25 Minutes After Midnight; FlyerTalk Member Not Allowed Past Airport Security Checkpoint Because It Is the Day Before
In a story which includes a chase scene by Transportation Security Administration agents reminiscent of a Keystone Kops episode, FlyerTalk member hoth300 was allegedly stopped on a Friday night from proceeding through the airport security checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York simply because the flight was scheduled to depart on Saturday morning at 12:25.
If the flight was scheduled to depart at 11:25 that evening, hoth300 would have been able to proceed through the airport security checkpoint several hours earlier with no problem and no questions asked. However, because the flight was technically scheduled to depart on a Saturday and hoth300 technically attempted to proceed past the airport security checkpoint on a Friday night, hoth300 was initially unable to execute the plan of spending a few hours at an airport lounge located beyond the airport security checkpoint.
The story does not end there, as it includes some frustrating verbal exchanges with both Transportation Security Administration agents and airline employees — and reactions by FlyerTalk members vary from humorous to sheer disbelief.