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Old Feb 12, 06, 2:47 pm
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Don't forget that, despite what some uninformed employees may tell you, Gordons Galley in IAH, where the company store is located, is not technically a secure area (although it probably should be) so you can go to the store there.
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Old Feb 12, 06, 2:51 pm
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Originally Posted by pptp
Don't forget that, despite what some uninformed employees may tell you, Gordons Galley in IAH, where the company store is located, is not technically a secure area (although it probably should be) so you can go to the store there.
Missed the DO, would LOVE some CO branded stuff. How do you get there? I'm through IAH twice a month at minimum.

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Old Feb 12, 06, 3:13 pm
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It's in the E terminal by E3. Go down the elevator to Gordons Galley and turn right. You'll see it on your left. Keep in mind that many employees think that this is a secure area when it really isn't, so be prepared to be challenged. You might reply "I was told by an employee that this isn't a secure area and there are no signs that say secure area or ID required". Still look for any signs that say the above as it's status may change.
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Old Feb 13, 06, 9:09 pm
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Originally Posted by VideoPaul
Missed the DO, would LOVE some CO branded stuff.....

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Old Feb 13, 06, 9:30 pm
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My calls to the store this morning went straight through to voice mail, but I'll make sure to find out if they do a catalog (or are considering going online) when I do get through.
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Old Feb 13, 06, 10:33 pm
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It would be great if they had a catalog. I'd love to get some replacement luggage tags since I've had three of them break off my bags after several years of heavy use in the last couple of months. I don't know if they have the ones they used to give out with elite status and the Prestige Pack in the company store or not, but if they do I'll definitely buy some.
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Old Feb 14, 06, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by familyflier
My calls to the store this morning went straight through to voice mail, but I'll make sure to find out if they do a catalog (or are considering going online) when I do get through.
They used to have a page in the CO in flight magazine. Also, you could get an order form with list of items at PC. I asked at the DO and the folks at the store indicated they might go back to the magazine. (I would prefer an online store with pictures).
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Old Feb 14, 06, 6:56 am
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Originally Posted by ssullivan
I'd love to get some replacement luggage tags since I've had three of them break off my bags after several years of heavy use in the last couple of months.
I bought 8 translucent blue (they also had pink) soft plastic luggage tags at the HQ store for 50 cents each. One sees hard plastic tags for sale in travel stores everywhere, $2 each, with the same "thick, clear rubber band" system for hooking them onto bags. These CO tags are made entirely of this soft plastic, and look nicest-in-category to me, despite the deceptively low price. The bands generally last me a few years, which is why I bought 8.

I have 2 hour layover tomorrow in IAH, I'll bring my wife to Gordon's Alley to kill time, buy a spare money clip, which has worked out great. (At first it grips so tight that one wonders how to ever get a serious wad into it, but it learns, and it keeps your wad folded tightly. One generally sees only magnetic=credit-card-death money clips, and leather covered money clips. The CO clip is smooth metal. It can still hang up on really old money. I guess in Texas one makes a point of keeping crisp money on the outside for show, just like following mom's advice never to end up in the ER wearing old undies.)
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Old Feb 14, 06, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by cova
They used to have a page in the CO in flight magazine. Also, you could get an order form with list of items at PC. I asked at the DO and the folks at the store indicated they might go back to the magazine. (I would prefer an online store with pictures).
So would I! The little form at the PC is just for a limited few items... O personally would really like a catalog, nothing like sitting downa nd pagging through a fun mail order rag.

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Old Feb 14, 06, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by pptp
It's in the E terminal by E3. Go down the elevator to Gordons Galley and turn right. You'll see it on your left. Keep in mind that many employees think that this is a secure area when it really isn't, so be prepared to be challenged. You might reply "I was told by an employee that this isn't a secure area and there are no signs that say secure area or ID required". Still look for any signs that say the above as it's status may change.

It's confusing because there's a "Restricted Area" sign once you head back upstairs, but the sign placement doesn't make it clear if that's for Gordon's Galley or for access to the tarmac.
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Old Feb 14, 06, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by delpreston
It's confusing because there's a "Restricted Area" sign once you head back upstairs, but the sign placement doesn't make it clear if that's for Gordon's Galley or for access to the tarmac.
I went down to the "Galley" last fall on a layover. I browsed the store without anyone giving any funny looks or saying anything. When I got on the elevator to go back up though, an employee yelled at me saying that I wasn't allowed to be down there. I haven't tried to go back down since, although I would like to. Do we have any information that says one way or the other?

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Old Feb 14, 06, 9:53 am
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Maybe a CO insider can give us a final ruling on access to Gordon's Galley and the store? If it's not a secure area, then we should be allowed there, although I am certain CO and the airport authority doesn't want nor need hundreds of customers going down there on a daily basis so it should be kept close to the vest. If it's not a secure area, I am sure a handful of diehard customers going down there for a cheap sandwich and some shirts and memorabilia is not such a bad thing.

Flying through Houston a few months after 9/11, I asked an agent who was in between shifts if she could help me buy some of the retractable badge clips from the company store under the C concourse. She actually escorted me down there and waited a few minutes while I bought the clips, then walked by back upstairs. I am not sure the old location was secure or not, but I was escorted there anyway and was very happy she took the time to do that for me. It was a nice touch.
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Old Feb 14, 06, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by raybolt
I went down to the "Galley" last fall on a layover. I browsed the store without anyone giving any funny looks or saying anything. When I got on the elevator to go back up though, an employee yelled at me saying that I wasn't allowed to be down there. I haven't tried to go back down since, although I would like to. Do we have any information that says one way or the other?

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Old Feb 14, 06, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by bocastephen
Maybe a CO insider can give us a final ruling on access to Gordon's Galley and the store?
I thought we went through this a while ago and determined that it was okay to go to both the store and the cafeteria, but that not everyone knows that.
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Old Feb 14, 06, 10:32 am
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I'm going to check it out today (suitcase in tow) as I pass through Houston (eventually ending up in Dublin at the Shamrock Doo!). I'll let you know if I encounter any problems.
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