The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #66039   Message #1092615
Posted By: Charley Noble
14-Jan-04 - 08:32 AM
Thread Name: Suspect Item Shuts Down Jetport!
Subject: Suspect Item Shuts Down Jetport!
Be calm. Set your coffee cup down, away from your keyboard. Swallow completely whatever is in your mouth before reading further. Now rereadthese instructions and make sure you have implemented each step.

This morning's Portland Press Herald brightened my life by printing a story of how a carefully packed musical instrument was viewed on a security screen, triggering an immediate evacuation of the Portland (East) International Jetport: Click to Story

In all good faith, I can't blame the security worker for triggering the alarm. The same security people raised questions about my carefully packed concertina on my recent trip to Australia, but I was able to reassure them that it was harmless and no evacuation was ordered while I was questioned.

In the above story I note that after questioning the owner of the instrument decided not to bring it with him when he was finally allowed to board his flight. He left it in the trunk of his car in the parking garage; his car is probably now being towed away by another team of vigilant security personnel.

Alas, a sign of our times.

Resume coffee drinking.

Charley Noble