Meanwhile we have had to pay a startling €13.95 for internet connections here in the airport, and we have had to make our hotel booking for Frankfurt. The Air Canada agent told us to make the booking because by the time we arrive tonight their office will be closed. So we will be staying at the Frankfurt airport Hilton Garden Inn tonight, likely the most luxurious accommodations this trip...certainly the most expensive. We have to keep all receipts and submit them later. I feel very skeptical that AC will totally reimburse us.
The choice of seating and restaurants is very limited out in the departures area so we opted to go through security. TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY...my knitting needles were confiscated. These were 120 cm long circulars specifically for knitting two socks at a time. This was AFTER I had been patted down for having set off the alarm when I walked through the screening door. The agent said "These are sharp. They are a potential weapon." I protested! I said "I have travelled thoughout Canada, Asia, and Europe and this is the first time knitting needles have been seen as a threat!" The agent told me to go back and put them into my checked luggage (and all I could think of was that I did not want to have yet another encounter with a TAP agent because our bags are likely buried somewhere in the bowels of this place waiting for the Frankfurt flight) or I could go back to the post office and mail them home. Well, the needles are not my precious Addi Turbos, and it would probably cost me more to mail them than to replace. So I ripped the socks out of the needles and thrust them into her hands. I suppose they'll be incinerated as lethal weapons.
While this has never happened to me, the thought does cross my mind when I'm packing my travel knitting projects. I therefore never pack my expensive needles, and usually pack bamboo...except I don't have 2.5 mm circs in bamboo. I did pack two sets of double-pointed bamboo, so the stitches are now loaded back on...I did have to rescue several dropped stitches!!