Thursday, August 24, 2006

There's NO Place Like Home!!

Due to recent events, for our safety, it is now necessary to dispense with all lotions, liquids etc while traveling on the airlines. This may sound simple enough, but that's never the case. On a recent trip to Montreal we wound up having to go through both customs and security twice. (don't ask!) Our luggage passed through security easily the first time - but when the exact same process was repeated hours later there was a different result. How can this be? Why was it fine for the possibly lethal mascara to pass undetected on the first go around and then need to be removed from our possession? As I tried asking this question to the (2o year old?) security person it was clear that questions are not to be entertained. The task at hand was eliminating the possible threat to airline travel. The likelihood that we were hiding whatever it is that they're looking for in a tube of M.A.C. mascara - is common sense not at all involved in this process? The most I could get out of the smug security person as to why we were able to infiltrate the first go around - "human error". Well, that certainly made me feel safe.
I liken the steps that are being taken to ensure our safety to a visit to the pediatrician's office. The doctor will sometimes send a young mother out with a perscription that is not really needed -the thought being that it's better to leave with something for the child (even if they will get better on their own) I am showing my age here -they don't do that as much as they did 20 years ago with the findings on overuse of antibiotics. Perhaps those in charge feel that if we're doing something to prevent (most) liquids/gels etc. from making it through security it will make people feel better. I don't know - but I do know that my next trip will be a road trip!