Miss Information is annoyed on vacationHas Miss Information ever mentioned that she hates flying? Probably. It isn't so much the actual travel as the seemingly endless waiting in airports. Do they go out of their way to make airports dull? Well, on Miss Information's flight home, there was a brief moment of excitement as she foolishly tried to take a souvenir snow globe (gift for Miss Information's niece) through customs. She had put it into her carry-on because she was pretty sure the thing would break in the soft-sided duffel bag she uses as luggage.
The thing is one cannot take a snow globe in one's carry on luggage because they contain liquid. Oh. Right. Miss Information knew that. Well, this tiny little snow globe set off all sorts of alarms. Security people came from far and wide to confiscate it. They also took away a jar of jam (gift for Miss Information's mother), although ok the snow globe contains a small amount of liquid, but jam is pretty solid.
After they took away all her gifts, they proceeded to swab her bag for explosives and put it through the x-ray machine, over and over again. It was not dull.
At some point, the head customs agent (who was really very nice) decided the snow globe wasn't the huge terrorist threat they had suspected and gave it back after multiple examinations, and additional x-raying, though he was keeping the newspaper it was wrapped in and also the jam--because if Mrs Information gets her jam, the terrorists win.
So, for future reference don't take snow globes in your carry on bag. Just check your bag and then buy as many snow globes you want--in the airport gift shop.