Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Never gonna live it down

I may as well put this story out there, because Mike keeps telling on me! So, y'all may as well know, too.

On the morning we left for our cruise, we flew out of Harrisburg, and on our way through security, we took off and handed over our shoes, jackets, purses, and carry-on luggage to be put through the scanner, and my itty-bitty purse caused a problem. They stopped the scanner, looked again, and finally held up the little purse and asked, "who does this belong to?" Mike immediately pointed at me and said, "It's hers!" Yep, it's mine. So, this nice lady with rubber gloves on starts looking through my little purse, with all its deep, tiny pockets, and at first, I had no idea what the problem was. Then, all of a sudden, I knew, and started babbling, and spilling my guts, because yes, I was sore afraid.

IworkinawarehousesometimesIforgetabouttheboxcuttersI'msosorryblahahh....

at which the security person smiles, and she says, "yeah, that's exactly what it is," and then she pulled it out, and there it was, that white-sheathed cutter, with my initials on it, the one I thought I'd lost. Well, now I really have lost it. The woman who searched my purse was actually really nice about it, was actually apologetic when she said, "Ya know I have to chuck this--unless you'd like it mailed..." Wow, I was flabbergasted--that was it. That's all that happened. I had an evil box cutter, and there was no detention, no jail time, not even a mean security person scowling at me!




The thing that gets me is, I knew I had to be careful with these little things, and really thought I'd found all of them, expunged'em from all of my pockets, jackets, and totes, and then got caught anyway.

I didn't have any liquids, though!

10 comments:

ariel said...

The next time I lose something I go to the nearest airport.

(Security confiscated my small manicure scissors when I was trying to get in a court once. I felt so important.)

Tom & Icy said...

There's a guy at a store who has long sharp wicked looking fingernails, and I often wonder what they'd do if he had to pass through security. I used to keep my thumbnail long and used it to cut the tape to open boxes at work. -Tom

TLP said...

RED ALERT! The evil box cutter...you fiend.

Doug said...

Dehydration is an under-rated virtue. I think it compensates for bringing THE SAME WEAPON AL QUESDA USED on board an airplane heading over Washington D.C. You got off light, Missy.

I remember when the standard was a pocket knife with more than a four-inch blade. I flew from Akron/Canton to Sydney, Australia stopping in L.A. and Honolulu with my money stuffed in my boot and a buck-knife on top. Those were good days when I was the paranoid one.

actonbell said...

Good idea, Ariel--I lose stuff all the time, maybe I should just invest in a metal detector...

Tom, that's ironic, huh? You can grow your nails as long as you want, polish them, sharpen--say, how about sharpening your teeth?

I know, Doug--Mike kept saying that it sounded like a joke. Before 9/11, I didn't realize that this little blade-in-a-sheath was what they were referring to as a "box cutter." It doesn't look dangerous enough to be in the newspapers. And it's a good thing I was from this country, and looked like a harmless dumdum. We all have to be paranoid, these days, of one thing or another, at airports. It's getting scary.

ariel said...

Actonbell, I think the best is to be paranoid all the time.

Tom, if the makers of the Godfather trilogy would have thought of that! The glass-murder scene was still pretty good, though.

tsduff said...

I had my favorite knife (embossed with Dresser Pump) with me after 9/11 - you know those little purse size cute things... I was very upset when the airport gorillas took it away.

Welcome back from your travels... can't wait to hear all about it :)

The Lazy Iguana said...

There is another option everyone forgets about.

If you ask, they will return the item. They escort you to the exit of the secure area then hand you the item.

At that point you just find a place to stash the item. Plants are a good place, but any out of the way little nook or cranny will work.

Then return to the security line and go through it again.

When you return home, just go to your secret stash place and get your item back.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Rats! The problem is everybody knows you're as innocent as a newborn sin.

AP3 said...

A BOX CUTTER!!!! OF ALL THINGS!!! Well, you two look pretty harmless. Sorry. Someone had to tell you.