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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

have you been on an airplane recently?

   I just came back from a trip to the Twin Cities, Minnesota.  When we got to the airport, the first thing that we had to do was produce a photo Identification card (current driver's license or other State  I.D. card). You then had to verify your reservations, which you had made months earlier. Last minute changes can occur on your flight plans or departure gate. You must place your luggage, except for one carry-on piece on the counter provided for this. You then go to an entry point where you must show your photo i.d. and your ticket, You then have to take off your shoes, empty all of your pockets into a tray, take off your jacket or coat, place your carry-on luggage on the line into the x-ray machine and then enter through a metal detector. If any signals come through, then you get wand-ed to verify that you have no metal on you or to verify metal artificial joints on your body. You are asked if you have a pacemaker before going through the metal detector. If you are carrying a computer, it also must be x-rayed. One small boy had a toy gun on him and then was surrounded by sheriff deputies and a report to homeland security had to me made out for him.  You are not allowed to carry food or bottled water into the airport. If you have food on your carry-on luggage and it does not seem harmful, you might be able to proceed with it in your luggage.

  Now, all of this is for entering the airport. To board an airplane, you must have your ticket which has been verified by airport security and enter the airplane and proceed to your seat assignment. You may place your carry-on luggage into the overhead compartment. You must then fasten your seatbelt and be pressed into your seat like a sardine in a tin can. No smoking is allowed on any airplane. The restrooms on the airplane are like a fat man's folly. There is so little space inside that you could be stuck inside of it. Comfort is unknown on a small airplane going to nearby cities.  The large airplanes are used for longer flights. It takes about one hour to fly to Minneapolis, Minnesota from Milwaukee.

  If all of this security is too much for you, then consider taking Amtrak Railroad to your location. There is less security on a train, it is cheaper than an airplane, but it takes much longer to get to your location. It takes about 6 hours between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and  Minneapolis, Minnesota. There is only one train going between these two cities each day. The boarding time is not the best for your schedule. You have much more leg room on a train and you can view all of the scenery from the moving train.

  There is another way to travel between these two cities. You could take a bus. This is cheaper than an airplane or the train, but your travel time is much longer. The value of your time determines what form of transportation you will use to travel.  It is possible to drive your own car on this trip. You will be fully exhausted when you get there. Your choice of method of transportation is up to you.

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