Jason graciously gave me a ride to the aiport at the early hour of 4am, for which I am very grateful. I arrived in New Hampshire without incident, and already had a chance to get a $400 voucher and a first class flight to Manchester from Atlanta. I didn’t take it because I wanted to get home in the afternoon rather than the evening. Plus, my parents were already planning to pick me up at 3pm. It’s very likely that I’ll have another chance to get a voucher when I return to Salt Lake though, so all is not lost.
The security wasn’t any different at the Salt Lake airport, in spite of the article predicting the contrary. I checked two bags and after the standard swab tests I was sent on my way. At the security checkpoint I emptied my pockets and walked through without a beep. No complaints here.