Sunday, September 17, 2006
Oh the Invasion
Yesterday I went to Oakland, CA for a meeting. I got up early, hopped on a Southwest flight from Burbank where the security personnel questioned me about the bag of 15 USB memory stick pens I had with me (that I was donating to NaNoWriMo), and then they looked in my bag to make sure that my lip balm was actually solid.
On my flight back later in the evening I had some other stuff with me that actually caught more attention from the folks at the Oakland airport. They did a THOROUGH screening of my pack (a small backpack that I carry as my purse) and took out every item and even after finding the solid lip balm, he continued to look through my stuff.
At this point my bag contained these additional items:
5 loose pieces of Russian hard candies filled with a hazelnut paste with a white wrapper and red lobster on the paper wrapper.
1 Swedish candy bar called Brejk
2 loose pieces of Russian chocolate covered wafer candies with a blue wrapper and a little drawing of a family of bears in the woods.
1 Swedish candy bar called Pigall (I’ll definitely review that one soon!)
2 Heath bars
1 partially eaten Equal Exchange dark chocolate with cocoa nibs bar
1 package of Tic Tacs
1 piece of Teaberry gum
1 large box of candy known as белка (pronounced bee-ill-jhKHA)
The guy chuckled and said that I had a lot of candy. I said, yeah, that’s why I don’t like being searched. (Luckily their sarcasm detector was offline.)
Once inside the terminal I stopped at the See’s store and though I passed up the free sample (a walnut item), I bought a box of Awesome Nut & Chew bars and ate one while waiting at the gate.
I figured as long as the TSA now knows what I carry around with me, I figured you should, too.
Meticulously photographed and documented reviews of candy from around the world. And the occasional other sweet adventures. Open your mouth, expand your mind.