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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Part Two...Shuttle Nightmare

This is the second part of this true experience I had a few days ago....but it won't make sense if you read it first. Scroll down to the older blog entry and start there, then come back and finish with this one.

“It's kind of late now.” Lisa nodded at the driver snapping his seat belt and inserting his key in the ignition. He reached for his radio and spoke to whoever dispatched him to the airport. I only heard one side of the conversation. “Yes. We picked up two women. No. No one else wanted to go.”

We looked at each other, and I saw the same concern I felt, mirrored on her face. I made a decision. “Driver?”

He turned around. “Yes?”

“I'd like to see your license, please.”

He just stared at me, and the man in the back sat unmoving, but clearly listening. The driver looked surprised, but didn't produce the requested document.

I tried again. “We don't know you, or the company you work for. I want to see your license, please.”

He grabbed the badge hanging around his neck. “This is my badge. No one can drive down here without a security check.”

I told him that was good, but I still wanted to see the company information and license, not just his badge. He unrolled his window and called to a security officer patrolling the sidewalk and beckoned the man over. “You want to see my badge?” He held it up to the open window and shoved it toward the officer.

The man raised his brows and shook his head. “No. And you don't need to offer to show it to me, unless I ask for it.”

I leaned forward and explained that he'd solicited us to ride with him, and we weren't familiar with his company....and that I wanted to be sure he was legit. The officer assured us NO ONE could get down into that area without a full security clearance, so we had nothing to worry about. Huh. Right.

We sat back in our seats and allowed him to drive off the airport property, although part of me still wanted to bolt from the van and make a beeline back to the Super Shuttle line, but off we went.

Yes, we arrived safely, with Lisa and I praying much of the way. Then two days later Lisa arrived breathless at my table in the conference dining room. “Did you hear the news about the shuttle driver?”

My mind immediately flew to OUR shuttle driver. “No. What's up?”

She leaned over my chair, her eyes wide. “It's on the news. The Feds just arrested terrorists posing as shuttle drivers here at the Denver airport. Wouldn't that be something if it was OUR driver?”

Yep. There's absolutely no need to worry, because NO ONE can get onto the airport pick up area without security clearance.


Sally Bradley said...

So was it YOUR driver????

Miralee Ferrell said...

We actually don't know. Neither of us has seen a picture of him, or heard the name of the shuttle company. I truly doubt it would have been our driver, but the entire thing hit way too close to home with the possibilities!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

I'm sure our driver was legit. From the video on the news, our guy wasn't who the police picked up. We might have been a touch uncomfortable, but God definitely kept us safe.

Plus, we received the added bonus of an adventure. :-)

Miralee Ferrell said...

Thanks, Lisa! I'm glad you saw a photo...I didn't think there was much chance it was our driver...and actually the scruffy guy sitting behind us made me more nervous than the driver did!

GinnyAiken said...

Now you have to follow up with the story of the guy at the gate on Sunday!! Loved meeting you, and especially all the great laughs during our wait at Denver Airport. It's the fellowship that makes ACFW so amazing.

bigguysmama said...

CRAZY!!! God did keep you safe!

~Mimi B

Carly Kendall said...

What a story! God sure was looking out for you two. Your driver may not have been the one the feds picked up, but you just never know. Thank God you are safe.

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

I'd always go with my gut instinct if I felt uneasy. Too many times people don't listen to their inner voice. Glad you and Lisa were safe.

Angela Breidenbach said...

Holy cow! I'd heard some scuttlebutt about drivers being terrorists, but I only heard partial so I was very confused. Now I understand. I'm so glad you are both safe.

Diana said...

Miralee, I am singing praises that you and Lisa are okay. I still have chills. I'm so thankful God with with you two protecting you!

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