Guilty of Having a Paper Clip in My Pocket
November 23, 2015 1:09am CST
I've just been reading a post by @jaboUK about being frisked at the airport and it reminded me of a time, many years ago, when I too was frisked. My husband and I were travelling across the Tasman, from New Zealand to Australia. I'd been at work, teaching, until lunchtime, then rushed home to grab my bag and my husband before departing for the airport. We had to check in by 2 pm, so there was no time to change clothes. As we went through security I set the bells a ringing. I was quite mystified, and so was the security person who frisked me. Eventually we found the culprit. I had a tiny paper clip from school nestled in the bottom seam of my pocket. These days I guess even that could be interpreted as a dangerous weapon, but this was about 20 years ago. Have you ever triggered off the security alarms at the airport?
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• Northampton, England
23 Nov 15
Not so long before 9/11 I tended to always carry a pen knife and to forget it was in my bag. One airport stopped me and asked if I had a knife and when I realised I did, they still just waved me through. Times have certainly changed.
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• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Nov 15
I've never set them off, but my husband did once. He wasn't frisked but he did need to empty all his pockets and found the pocket knife he always carried. Of course they took it away from him until we landed.
• United States
24 Nov 15
@maggs224 yes ma'am, wouldn't that jest be grand?? i've only flown 3 times'n my life 'n all were horrific 'n that 'twas years 'n years 'go. i'd much rather drive! that'n i'm prone to haulin' back tons'f schtuff with me 'pon my return home, lol.
• Manchester, England
23 Nov 15
I have set off the alarms at the airport most times that I have flown. I still have no idea why it is always me, but these days I expect it and feel surprised if the bells do not go off. A security guard did tell me that they sometimes go off randomly to select a few people, but somehow those machines really do not like me. My best occasion was in Russia when I actually forgot to take my keys out of my pocket.