[Sca-cooks] Threat Levels at Airports

Kathleen A Roberts karobert at unm.edu
Thu Aug 10 07:40:04 PDT 2006

On Thu, 10 Aug 2006 10:09:11 -0400
  Elaine Koogler <ekoogler1 at comcast.net> wrote:

   I also got checked
>out thoroughly 
> to Pittsburg (on my 
> a year ago when I flew to Michigan...I had my coronet in 
>my carry-on and 
> the screeners were concerned about this metal object 
>with sharp 
> points...despite the little balls on the end of each 
>point!  I 
> personally think they were just curious...wondered what 
>that "thing" was!

we got held up leaving ireland (couple years before 9/11) 
because an x-ray of our suitcase revealed something of 
'interest'.  they requested the presence of husband at the 
desk.   so i'm sitting and sitting in dublin airport 
wondering if we were going to make the flight back home or 

he comes back looking a bit sheepish.  seems they saw one 
of his souveniers that had the outline of a giant bullet 
or iddy-biddy torpedo.  definitely shell shaped.

it was a flask he bought in dublin,  cylindrical with 
several small cone shaped thimble cups held in place with 
a leather strap on top for 'sharing' the waters of life 
with friends.  once revealed, the inspectors thought it 
was pretty cool and all left friends.

so you see, the most innocent of things....

and don't get me started on the woman in atlanta wanting 
to swab our replica of the armagh chalice (pulled out of 
the packing and box, mind you) for gunpowder residue or 
some such.  PUH-leeze!!!!!!!!

airports were crazy long before this.

"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which 
sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
W. B. Yeats
Kathleen Roberts
University of New Mexico
Office of Freshman Admissions
Administrative Asst. III

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