Security breach at the airport.
Piper and I were heading home from our week long stay in Rapid City with my in-laws. The flight was delayed several hours due to the unpredictable summer storms in the area. The airport was quiet since our flight was the only one left for the day, just another reason I love flying out of small airports.
Piper was a little squirrely going through the TSA line, nothing unusual for a 2 year old whose bed time was in the near future. I had her dressed in pj’s in the hope she just might settle down and close her eyes. Not sure why I thought this would be a possibility she has never been the child to be able to fall asleep anywhere. She has to go through her bedtime routine and have her blankly and zero outside distraction. I’ve always wondered how parents were able to get their kid to fall asleep on their shoulder or in the stroller. I’m at a loss, tonight I hoped she might be that kid. Boy, did she prove me wrong.
While waiting for the aircraft she decided to take her baby for a ride in the stroller, she rammed into trash cans, recycle bins, chairs and then turn around and look at me and say “funny mommy”. I’m thankful she didn’t run into a person or their belongings. She finally got bored of this and ran from one end of the terminal to the other end. She would stop and sing a song to several other passengers, she does love attention. One passenger looked at me with caring eyes, and expressed with words “she has a lot of energy, you poor thing, feel for you this evening.”
The gate agent called our name to give us a seat assignment, as I was talking to the agent my sweet Piper started saying she was ready to be on the plane, as people were disembarking from the plane, Piper took off, past the the podium and began running toward the door to the jet bridge thankful another agent was there and chased her in the other direction. She did a 180 turn without slowing down and began running toward the exit door of the terminal. It happened so fast, I began running after her, her little legs are steam rollers. I finally caught up to her and swooped her into my arms. We turned around and began walking back down the ramp toward our gate, all of a sudden loud alarms began going off and a metal cage surrounded Piper and myself. We were on total lock down in the Rapid City airport for about 30 seconds, mean while our plane began boarding. I looked at Piper, a tear of frustration was in my eye, and I said “this is why you need to listen to mommy”, she looked back at me with her sweet face and softly spoke “scary”. The cage slowly came up and a security agent was on the other end, I apologized several times, he giggled and said thanks for making an exciting night. You will have to go back through security, I still had Piper in my arms and we made a mad dash out the exit door. I saw my father in-law and yelled, that was us, we caused all the commotion. He just smiled with a confused grin.
We hurried through the zig zag ropes leading up to the TSA check point, the man at the podium calmly stated to me “We all thought that might be your daughter who set off the alarms.” The agents worked swiftly to get us through the security process, one said to me you should consider tiring her out. I said “I tried, we did several loops through out the terminal, he looked at me with a sly grin and stated “I said tie her up”. I let out a little laugh.
As we approached the gate several people began clapping for us and stated that I need to make sure this experience is in her baby book.
Thanks Piper for the memory, I’ll never forgot the time we caused a security breach at the airport!