Nr Kids’s Books: Report Seizures Here

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

An e-mail:

flying from TLH to DFW yesterday and TSA wanted to root through my bag
- I said, “Sure,” because I had lots of electronics (an XM radio, a
walkman, a digital camera, etc) and thought they might arouse minor
suspicion.

The guy pulls out all of my clothes, sets aside the electronics, and
grabs one of the two NR childrens’ books I was packing (gifts for my
nieces). He carefully flipped through both books, presumably making
sure they didn’t have gun-shaped holes carved in the pages… I
practically laughed out loud when i saw what he was doing!

Incidentally, he was even more concerned about the cheese-board i was
planning on giving to my mother. I got it at a county fair – it’s made
from a real wine-bottle, pressed flat and painted with flowers.
Apparently the lead in the glass makes it look terribly dangerous in
the x-ray machine. (he didn’t notice the blunt, thumb-shaped cheese
knife, thank goodness. I’d probably be in the gulag.)

Merry Christmas to all, even the TSA!

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