My husband and I and another couples returned from a wonderful visit to CSA on 3/29/10. The interval between the flights down and back was great but there were some issues with the airlines.
We were due to fly BWI to Charlotte to Montego Bay on US Air, leaving at 8:40 am on 3/19. We checked in online 24 hours beforehand as did our friends. They come to our house and spend the night before we leave with us as we live closer to BWI.
At 4:30 on the 18th, I receive an email telling us that the BWI to CLT flight has been cancelled "for maintenance". The email had been sent at 4:22 pm. My husband immediately called the 800 # and after about 20 minutes was able to get us booked on a flight to Philly and then to MB. WHEW!
Coming home, we went through security at MB with no problem. When we went up to the gate, after handing over our boarding passes, we were subjected to a very intense security screening. This involved virutally all of the passengers boarding that plane. We were patted down and everything was questioned. My husband had his car keys in his pocket and they were rather suspicious of that. I carry all my medicine in my carry on and the bottles were taken out and looked at carefully. At that point, she made me produce my boarding pass stub again and checked the name on the bottles against the name on the stub. My husband tried to wait for me off to the side but they insisted that he board the plane.
Thankfully, there were no red flags and I was permitted to board. I was worried that he would be flying home without me.
Now my husband and I are 62 and 60 and I don't think we look suspicious. But I wanted people to be aware to keep your medicine in their original bottles. There may have been some extra security needed for some reason as this has never happended in our 5 previous trips to Jamaica
Upon arriving in Charlotte, it took well over an hour to clear immigration and recheck our bags. We had had 1 /1/2 hours but ended up missing our flight to BWI. They rebooked us on another flight 2 hours later, which ended up taking off 90 minutes late.
However, CSA was SO wonderful, again, that we were willing to put up with the airline hassle.
11 months till we come home to CSA.