Thursday, February 18, 2010

National Security

Generally I tend to think airline security goes a little overboard, rather then the other way around. Like, seriously, you're confiscating my tequila*?  Or, why is the little plastic razor I'm bringing with me to shave my legs considered a hazard? I really doubt anyone would be particularly intimidated by me if I attempted to wield it.

However, they really dropped the ball on my last flight. Not because something happened. It didn't. I just happened to realize, as I was making my way through the airport ON MY WAY BACK that I had pepper spray in the pocket of my coat. I always do. I bought it and it ended up there and there it sits, in the unlikely event that I ever need it. What this means is that the coat I wore through the airport both to Florida (for business, aren't I just so grown up and professional) and returning from Florida, the coat that both times went through the scanner on the conveyer belt, had pepper spray just sitting in the pocket.  

Now, had I remembered it was there I obviously wouldn't have brought it with me to the airport. I don't need that kind of trouble.  I certainly would not have expected to make it through security with it TWICE.  

Seriously.  They need to be glad I'm not a terrorist because pepper spray is totally more of a potential weapon then a shampoo bottle or nail scissors. Those, those they confiscate.

*Bought in the Mexico City duty free arriving there before leaving to go to Germany to see the World Cup a couple years ago. I made it through security (with the open bottle) and through a flight once with it, but since I don't drink that fast I still had some on my way back and they took it then.  I should drink more. What a waste.  Oh, and I don't actually think it's that ridiculous they took it. Just sad. Very sad.

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