Carry-out carry-on.

By: Peggy Parker
This item appears on page 49 of the January 2018 issue.

This month’s winner is PEGGY PARKER of Milwaukie, Oregon:

While standing in long lines at airport security and Customs for a very early flight from Guatemala, we noticed many locals carrying large takeout bags of fried chicken, to be eaten later on the plane.

As we boarded and were getting settled into our seats, we felt as if we had gone to a chicken franchise, due to the aroma in the plane.

We decided that “boarding with chicken when leaving Guatemala” was not so very unusual when the flight attendant gave her safety speech before takeoff. It went something like this:

“Please stow carry-on luggage in the overhead bins, and all purses, small bags and chicken under the seat in front of you.”

Experiences like this are why we travel, right?


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