[Sca-cooks] Threat Levels at Airports
ekoogler1 at comcast.net
Thu Aug 10 10:09:51 PDT 2006
Kathleen A Roberts wrote:
> 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.
I hear you....back before 9-11, in fact probably ten years before, I was
stopped in the Atlanta airport at the scanner because I had a
chemotherapy continuous feed pump on. It was a metal box with a metal
cylinder inside through which the tubes passed from the pouch containing
the medication (also inside the box). The tubes ran to a porta cath in
my chest. They insisted that I disconnect the pump so they could take
it apart. They persisted even when I presented a letter from my doctor
identifying the machine and its purpose. The only way I was able to
convince them not to make me take it out was to tell them that if they
persisted, they would have to provide me a sterile environment, along
with the syringes of heparin flush so that I could take it out and put
it back in without the danger of introducing a deadly infection into my
system. When confronted with a situation that could lead to a lawsuit,
they backed off. Sigh.
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