i’m talking with strangers. here’s why.
i’m inching my way up the security line at the airport. for the first time, i am going paperless, so i have my phone out with the QR code boarding pass ready…
*looking at my phone, the security guard (SG) puts his pen down* *turns on a machine.* *indicates i should put my phone over it.*
me: *puts phone face down over scanning device.* *nothing happens.* like this?
SG: yes, but you shouldn’t have to hold it there that long. this thing is still warming up, i guess. *shuts off the machine.* *turns it back on.* that ought to do the trick.
me: *puts phone up for scanning.* *green light blinks.* restarting a machine works every time!
man behind me (MBM): is that an app for US Airways?
me: no, just my boarding pass. when i checked in, they emailed me a link and this is what opened when i clicked.
MBM: what’s next in the world of paperless things?
me: this was actually my first time without a paper boarding pass. i was nervous.
SG: *hands me my ID.* not related to mumford and sons, are you?
me: i wish!
SG: yeah, they’re not doing too badly, are they? they won a grammy.
me: i know.
SG: have a good flight.
me: thanks. have a good day.
he turns to the MBM and i trudge on through the gauntlet of airport security.