Our daughter is a freshman at a mid-west university. She came home for her spring break because she knows we miss her so much we will pay for new shoes, spring clothes, hair cut (and color correction from an impulse hair color box purchase) , eye appointment, meals and Target.
But who knew an 87 minute flight home would start off with her being surrounded by 6 TSA agents in this mid-west city’s airport? Our daughter was in the security line …fidgeting because she was without her cell phone for 37 seconds and didn’t know what to do with her hands! She noticed her backpack was pulled from the conveyor and re-scanned, but she thought nothing of it. She recalled that she assumed her shampoo must have exceeded the 2.7234 allowable ounces. She was then asked to step aside and was immediately surrounded by a half dozen TSA agents. She was asked to hand over her boarding pass and her I.D.
Two of the female TSA agents pull the banned weapon from her bag and applauded her for having it. My daughter explained that she knew what it was, why she had it and told the agents her mom (don’t implicate me in this) purchased not one but two of these after the instructor from a self defense class in Denver suggested this for the girls (she also told the girls it would be confiscated at the domestic and international airports). Yes, I know this is a huge run-on sentence and probably another 1/2 dozen grammar infractions.
Oops! We forgot about that reminder! Our daughter was calm until the TSA agents told her they have to send copies of her ID and boarding pass to the Department of Homeland Security. She immediately burst into tears with thoughts of being on a no fly list, being denied acceptance to graduate schools and uncertain employment options (she is my daughter). She was told a copy of the warning would be mailed to us (presumably so I can post on Facebook and frame it)! Of course, with the sequester I may not even get a hard copy mailed to me!
Any guesses what she forgot to take out of her backpack? It wasn’t mace, nail files, nail polish remover …. it was a Kubatan (Google it)!
Click HERE to go to the website where I purchased the weapons.
I told her this story will be a great blog post! Thanks sweetie!