The TSA Swabbed My Sausauge

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The TSA might not be able to catch 67 out of 70 weapons, but no meats of mass distruction will be making it through.

Rochester, Minnesota doesn’t have TSA Pre-Check, but they do have expedited screening. And while trying to remember the difference (with expedited you still have to take everything out of your bag, you can just leave your shoes on and skip the wave machine), I forgot to take out my bladeless wine opener.

It was no surprised when they stopped on my bag in the Xray and brought it out for extra screening.

“Sorry! I forgot to take out my bladeless corkscrew. It doesn’t have the traditional foil cutter. It’s in the front mesh pocket” blah blah blah

Finally the guy puts a halt to my babbling.

“I’m not worried about the corkscrew. I think you have a bottle of water in here.”

I was puzzled as I knew for sure I didn’t. And then highly amused when he triumphantly brought out my paper-wrapped Trader Joe’s Syrah Sausage (it didn’t get eaten that week so I brought it home with me rather than waste it).

The hunk of beef was duly swabbed for explosives, and fortunately came out clear.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve been pulled aside for secondary screening?

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