October 31 2010

TSA and the Multi-tool


My four year old grandson Zarin was coming to Arizona for his first visit.  He had been looking forward to this for almost a year.  He even started packing his carry on a week early to be ready.  Of course, that carry-on was full of his favorite items, mostly TOOLS, he loves tools. But as we all know, and he soon found out, TSA frowns on tools in your carry-on.

Prior to leaving his mother unpacked all his items and repacked with the correct items, she also gave explicit instructions NOT to put anything else in the carry-on unless first cleared with her.  hen she had Zarin watch the TSA video for kids via the internet, TWICE, just to be sure.

On the day of departure, things went smoothly, Zarin took off his shoes at the x-ray machine, but touched the scanner as he passed through, a NO NO. So he had to go back through.  Then 2 of their bags came out of the X-ray machine, but not the third.  My daughter noticed that the operator was very interested in bag #3 and called another agent over to view the x-ray.

As the bag came out, an agent asked whose bag it was, my daughter identified it as hers and followed the agent o an inspection table.  He unzipped the upper pocket and as my daughter told him that it was an empty pocket, pulled out my son-in-laws favorite Gerber multi-tool.  My daughter looked at Zarin and he just hung his head.  He had gotten the tool off the dresser and concealed it in the bag prior to leaving.

So TSA escorted them out of the security area and my daughter mailed the multi-tool home, then took Zarin back through security one more time.  Everything went smoothly and now we just have another humorous Zarin story to tell.

Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

Posted October 31, 2010 by Tom Martin in category "Family", "Grandkids

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *