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My exciting brush with airport security - A little less than a happy high
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My exciting brush with airport security
I flew out of Logan on Thursday. I checked in very early, had a large cup of yuppie cafe to kill some time, and eventually worked my way to the line for the safety dance screen. It's a routine I've done plenty of times before, and while I can't say I have it down to an art (frankly, I carry too many loose items for my liking), the process is pretty painless.

So there I was, emptying my pockets when I felt a loose item I definitely should have left at home. In an instant, I realized that I was packing, so I did the only thing I could think to do. I went to the nearest security personnel and said, "I've got a knife." This was followed by a quick explanation of lack of intention and cursed forgetfulness. NSP just looked at me expectantly until I uttered the single, irrevocable phrase, "I'm willing to surrender it."

Now it's gone.

And so endeth the story of the Kershaw folder that Pablo passed to me after finding it on the street. It'd be a much dumber ending if it weren't for this: the man who was screened after me, someone who had been moved up through the line as a first class passenger, came to me and said, "Had to give it up, huh? I can't tell you how many knives I've lost that way...."
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alex_victory From: alex_victory Date: April 26th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some airports have these envelopes at the security stations where you can mail forgotten knives back to yourself, or something like that. I guess Logan doesn't have those?

You know it's possible that NO airports have those and I just dreamed them.
komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's possible, but I certainly wasn't given the option.

It's also possible that you've found another reality skip, but I'll reserve judgement on that until I can verify the existence of such a program...
c_m_i From: c_m_i Date: April 26th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm always paranoid I'm going to lose my darts that way.

Also, abort tux stuff tonight. Jen and I are just too wiped at the moment.

-d.
komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do they let you carry them on?

And drag... Now my evening is bereft of excitement.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: April 26th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
My evening is bereft of the glory of Mall Food Courts.
komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had quite enough Asian Chao for the month, thanks.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: April 26th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
aw man, that sucks!
nice knife like that...
komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the first knife that I took to carrying regularly. Still, easy come...
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: April 26th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
still, bummer. >_
komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had happier things happen, but I made my flight and wasn't taken away in cuffs, so I'm taking what I can get.
whatifoundthere From: whatifoundthere Date: April 26th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I checked in very early, had a large cup of yuppie cafe to kill some time, and eventually worked my way to the line for the safety dance screen.

You can dance if you want to. But you'll leave your knife behind.

starflow From: starflow Date: April 26th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is brilliant. I salute you!
prosicated From: prosicated Date: April 26th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
*applauds wildly*
komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad someone went there. Thanks for makeing me laugh aloud.
From: gadiel Date: April 26th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

hrmm

If you tell me what checkpoint, what time and what the knife looks like I may be able to get it back for you.
komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hrmm

The answers would be Terminal B USAir (heading towards gate 9), 4:30ish, and a slightly beat up variant of this.

If you can manage it, it would be way cool.
From: gadiel Date: April 29th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hrmm

Update:

Sadly I'm afraid that I can't retrieve the knife. If I had known last week I might have been able to get it but after a couple days "stuff" goes into sealed containers and can't be taken back out. Best I could do now is get the name of the company that collects all that stuff and you could see if you can buy it back from them(I honestly don't know what they do with it) I don't know if it's worth it to you. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

komos From: komos Date: April 29th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hrmm

Ah well. It'll be missed, but I'll live.

Pablo and I were actually talking about what happens to all of the seized goods that are taken away from airport security. It all has to go somewhere, but then what happens? Maybe they've got themselves a pocket universe they're slowly filling with seized zippos and pocket knives...
From: couplingchaos Date: April 27th, 2005 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: hrmm

Transportation influence to the rescue!
komos From: komos Date: April 27th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: hrmm

Sometimes I forget I know people who do stuff.
mudguts From: mudguts Date: April 27th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
ive had a few items confiscated over the years.... and a few close calls.
possibly my favorite story was nearly getting pinched by the same cop for the third time in two weeks.
i somehow managed to convince him, my 5" double edge was intended to be used as a tool.
lost the knife but got to walk away.

then there was the time i got picked up and we somehow came to the realization that the officer used to date my aunt.
he drove me home and turned over the weapons to my pop.

you know, for all my record, ive been pretty lucky with cops.
komos From: komos Date: April 27th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Weapons? More than one? I do hope one of them was a telescoping baton.
mudguts From: mudguts Date: April 27th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
holy crap... how could i have forgotten about the arkansas incident.

dont get arrested in arkansas. its not worth it.
komos From: komos Date: April 27th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do they throw you in a pit filled with an angry razorback?
komos From: komos Date: April 27th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. "filled with..." That'd be one mighty big pig.
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