For about three years now, I’ve felt like a risk taker each time I go through airport security. I always expect to get hauled off by a TSA agent, because hidden in the bottom of my purse is a container of pepper spray. It goes with me everywhere, including airplanes.
Having scanned over the list of prohibited and permitted items several times, I never looked specifically for that particular item. I’ve just always assumed that it’s prohibited. It is pepper spray after all. I could force a plane to land with one spray of that stuff. Trust me, I know. I tested it once in my home. Did I mention I’m a blonde?
Each time I fly, I sneak my little container through security. As it goes through the X-Ray machine, I wait in anticipation for it to get detected. I’ve never been in the interrogation room (don’t even know if they have one) at the airport. But, I imagine sitting at a cold metal table with a light shining in my face, while being berated by a TSA agent. A hundred questions would be asked. Then finally, they’d realize that I’m just an innocent blonde, who doesn’t know any better, and let me go.
The thought of being detained has always been oddly thrilling for me. But, not one time have they stopped me. Flight after flight I walk away feeling even more rebellious. A rebel against this powerful system that TSA put into place. Ah, the excitement!
The other day, I finally decided to do a little research before making a comment on a post. At first, I thought my bubble had been burst, because I misread it and saw that it’s allowed. But after re-reading the list today, I found out that I was wrong. It isn’t. A 4 oz container of mace/pepper spray is only permitted in checked baggage, but not as a carry on.
So, my thoughts were confirmed. Although this post makes me sound like a law-breaker, I can’t deny that I’m happy to have been able to carry my pepper spray with me. Having that added protection is great, especially when I land late at night and head for a restroom where there’s no one around.
What baffles me, is that I’ve been able to successfully bring pepper spray onto an airplane multiple times, but if I were to bring a whole tube of toothpaste, TSA would likely go nuts over it. So a flyer can’t have fresh breath, but they can have pepper spray? I’m guessing that if one doesn’t bring down the plane, the other surely will.
What are some of the most absurd items that you have or haven’t been able to put in your carry-on?