I’m on a plane at the moment. QF 625 to Melbourne where I’ll be denuding the city’s stores of pasta and cocktails for a couple of days.
It’s not the first time I’ve flown since Covid. But it is the only second and the whole time I was getting ready I couldn’t help thinking I was forgetting something
I was, of course. I forgot to check the contents of my Crumpler day pack for contraband. Specifically for weapons.
So I got pulled out of the security line when the XRay guys went off.
It was just my beloved little Swiss Army knife but I was given the choice of flying without it or not flying at all.
Well I’m up here at 30000 feet, using the Wi-Fi, so o guess I’ll be ordering myself a replacement knife when I get home.
Weird thing is there were some legit weapons in the bag that they let me keep. My steel pen and a wooden kubotan — both of which can do way more damage than a glorified letter opener and corkscrew. And both of which I still have with me.
I think I’ll check them in with my suitcase on the return flight though
Just replace my precious at the disposal store. 13% off too, for Friday the 13th.
oh god. This reminds me when i did a trip over to the UK with the missus and i was conned to do the london eye (never a fan of those things because its just sitting in a glass cage going around in a circle once or twice and is a massive rip off). Get to the front of the line and the security gives us a once over with the detector and finds my pocket knife in my bag. A three blade job i got from my dad for when i was in cubs. Had it with me ever since. The guy starts going on about it being a lock blade and them being banned (absolute bollocks that it was a lock job of course) and as he opens one of the blades my other half bless her soul yells out "be careful! . . . . . its been cutting cheese". The sinking feeling that i was never going to see it again settled in. We got it back as we got off at the end, but security are notorious for their lack of humour. Ironically everyone who had to turf stuff out of a bag to be collected after had australian accents. That line was almost longer than the one to get on the damned ride in the first place. lol
Love the pen. Looks like a sturdy bit of hardware to keep handy if you’re in a spot. All it needs is a compass
Lost my lovely Laguiole pocket knife/corkscrew that way. Forgot that it was in my carry-on on one leg the last time I was overseas. Went everywhere for years with it, and miss it much: it had been a souvenir from my first trip to Paris. Waved goodbye to it through the glass-sided bin, half full of other people's pocket knives, that they had at the end of the security check just to rub it in, I suspect.
A steel pen? Sounds like the sort of thing you need for hardcore writing, like for splosions.
I fly with a motorcycle crash helmet as hand luggage regularly. I could take on a battalion of cairns bound pensioners with that
We've covered this, I think I get Most and Best "weapons" through airport security
Enjoy your time down here in Melbourne! Also I feel the loss of that swiss army knife, I've been through that before its a massive bummer!
Can i suggest Umberto's in https://www.umberto.com.au/ in Thornbury for the pasta. My fave Italian place.
Lost my beloved fountain pen about a week ago. It's probably in the house somewhere, but there's also a toddler in this house, so I don't rate my chances of finding it very highly.
I flew for the first time since the rona a week ago, definitely didn't take my pen.
If anyone sees it, please let me know.
Sweet pen. I needs.