Heading to Graduation

Heading to Graduation
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


The usual 02:30 departure from home put us at the airport at about 03:30. That is where we encountered our first bump in the road.

Leslie and I had decided on this trip we would not check any bags, we would just use carry-ons. I did not realize there was a weight limit for carry-on bags. I thought that as long as the bag would fit in the “sizer” then all was good; not so much. The agent told us our bags were overweight. That meant we would be charged $150 US for each bag. We had no choice, so we did not complain. She said she would get her supervisor to come to the counter.

A few minutes later the supervisor was there. We explained our ignorance and asked for forgiveness. He was very kind and said he would let us pass; however, he was not sure what may happen in Port of Spain. We thanked him for his kindness and said we would take our chances in Port of Spain.

About an hour and a half later, we were boarding the Caribbean Airlines plane. Much to our surprise, we pushed away from the gate about ten minutes early. Caribbean is a nice airline, but they are not always the most punctual, hence our surprise.

In a short 55 minutes, we were at the airport in Port of Spain. We were surprised again when they did not make us deplane and then re-board, the normal course of events. That thankfully meant we would have no baggage weight issues hanging over our heads.

Even though we did not get off the plane, we still “went” through immigration. One of the immigration workers boarded the plane to check everyone’s ticket and passport. A short time later we were in the air for our nearly four-hour flight to Miami.


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