It’s a slow day and thought this might be of interest. Don’t read if it’s not. Coming back from Germany last week we went through Amsterdam and I got singled out to have my duffle/carryon searched at the last checkpoint at the gate. My duffle is my go bag and is with me all the time with everything I need to survive. I have my nook, -3 degree jacket, tooth brush, flashlight, batteries, shaver, magnifying glass, umbrella, meds, bandaids. etc. Also I had a barrel tire pressure gauge. From time to time, you get a rental with a low tire. The guy looked at it, examined it with wonder. I told him it was a tire gauge, but he didn’t seem to know what that was. Thought it might be a weapon or something. He even took it by itself and ran it carefully through the Xray machine to examine it further. I just thought this was really strange and never even thought of it as a weapon before. Now my sharpened pencil is a weapon and my matches cleared just fine and he finally gave me my tire gauge back and let me board.
It was a church group of 35 of us on a Martin Luther trip with two pastors and a bishop even so not like we were a bunch of characters. Never turned my cell phone on, never looked at my flashlight or batteries or umbrella to see if it had been modified as a .22, but sure had a problem with my tire gauge. He also studied my magnifying glass pretty close but didn’t xray that. Ever try to read a map at night? Now I don’t mind security checks for the greater good, but to have a 30 plus year old guy who doesn’t know what a tire gauge is may not be the sharpest tack in the box. I’ll continue to keep it in my go bag, but I may put a label on it.