And, I'm inhaling a couple of hot dogs and a pint of Yuengling at the pub near the gate, since the three fast food stands are mobbed. I gather this is one of the busiest days in PHL's history, since not only is it the start of a holiday travel weekend with most flights sold out or close to it, but they also had major weather delays and cancellations last night, leaving a lot of people stranded here. I ran into Dave Vernon as I arrived, looking a bit glazed as he headed toward his flight back to Ithaca after being stranded last night.
I'm not sure I could have helped it, but I left the secure area without realizing it, and after waiting on line for the security checkpoint for the new terminal I was supposed to go to, she told me I couldn't get in without a boarding pass, and should go "back downstairs." Well, I hadn't been downstairs, but I figured out where to go, and they told me to bypass the line on my way back. Of course, I ended up "selected" for thorough screening. Officially that's random, but in reality it happens reliably when you're rebooked.