we shouldn’t have to tell you to leave the crossbow at home

Tom and I are flying off to California for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. Since somewhere along the way I became a very high-maintenance girl and am picky about taking my favorite shampoo and conditioner with me when I travel, I got to thinking about Dulles security theater and how I ought to check on the best way to ensure that my Veganese doesn’t get confiscated at the security check. (That stuff is expensive.)

I found TSA’s official listing of prohibited and restricted items and got my question answered. But while I was scrolling on down the page, I couldn’t help but laugh. I mean, my usual assumption is that rules are made and warnings are posted because some idiot tried to actually DO the thing that the rule warns against. So who’s the moron who tried to take his power saw onto a plane?

5 Comments so far

  1. cybele (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

    Where would someone plug in their powersaw on a plane?

  2. Doug (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    You can bring whatever creams, ointments, jellies, salves, etc. you want, just pack them in your checked baggage, not your carry-on, and you won’t have a problem.

    The cool thing about trains (at least Amtrak) is they do have outlets, right next to each seat. Charge up that laptop!

  3. ToniGM (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    Er, perhaps when someone got it as a holiday gift? And he didn’t trust the baggage handlers not to walk off with a box labeled “brand new power saw”? I’m just sayin’.

  4. Tiff (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 9:43 am

    …And he’s never heard of FedEx?

  5. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

    Tiff, you are right on. Nobody desiging the initial rules thought, “We better mention power saws in these rules.” Some genius necessitated that line when he saw that power saws weren’t specifically mentioned. Same thing with nunchakus and other crazy stuff like propane cylinders.

    Wacky folks, I tell you.

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