Thanks to the speedy self check-in process at the Southwest Airlines counter, I was (quickly) on my way to go through the security line. But this TSA experience would differ from the one I had in Atlanta.
I was struggling to keep up the screening pace, and not doing the greatest job. I heard someone say behind me, “let me help you with that.” I turned around to see a very attractive, and charismatic man standing behind me. Not only did help me push my containers of electronics, outerwear, shoes, and a handbag onto the moving ramp, but he shared his recent “randomly selected” experience while flying out of New York last week.
Thankfully, I was not one of the “randomly selected” to get extra screening. While hopping on one foot trying to put my shoes on and taking inventory of my electronics, a TSA agent asked him for an autograph. Autograph? The agent then informed me that this nice guy standing behind me was, Yankees baseball player, Curtis Granderson. And perhaps one of the most polite fellow passengers that I have ever encountered.
My biggest regret? Not getting to my cell phone in time to snap a picture of us together. Dang! Anyway, it made for a great story.