Being at the airport at 4am is not a fulfilling endeavor. Passengers are cranky to be awake at such an hour. No one wants to be screened, or to display their toiletries, let alone be herded hither and yon. After a thorough screening, (TSA Pre-Check was closed so I got off lightly compared to my fellow travelers, and it was still too much interaction for me) I sat at my gate listening to CNN. Normally, I would avoid obnoxious, toxic mainstream media in favor of NPR and not because I'm some kind of pinko, either. Happily on the immediate left of center, I enjoy well-written news, not some shameless Nancy Grace crap. The stream of consciousness is strong with this one today.
The reporter said TSA is now on the look out for people who do not fit the normal problematic traveler profile. People who are overly alert. People who are sweating, have darting eyes. People who do not sleep on airplanes.
I do not sleep on airplanes much. If you've ever had a guy next to you give you the serious creeps while you're conscious, you will most definitely not close eyes to drift happily away for a few hours, even if you need it, which, let's face it, when you're up at 2:45am and planning 3 total hours of driving time that day, would be quite nice.
If one woman is either sitting across the aisle from me, if I have the corresponding aisle seat from her, or there's a woman or coworker next to me, I'll take a nap. Otherwise, no dice.
Let's get to why I'm writing this at all today. You do not need another PSA. Tales of the City is an excellent read. It was an amazing tv series, albeit very 70s in nature.
Get this book, find that old series. It brought a broad smile to my face today. I would not lead you astray.