So we all know that flying can be a hassle.
We prepare, we pack light, we put all of our liquids in 3 oz bottles, we wear slip-on shoes to be quick at the security line, we do not pack power drills and drill bits in our carry-on luggage.
...that is unless you think "drill=harmless tool NEEDED for jewelry class" rather than "drill=possibly could be used as a deadly weapon in flight."
Yes, that was me in line at security on Monday at 5 AMready to go to Bead & Button (yes, 5 AM) thinking I had everything under control...
This is how it went...
"Why yes, that is my bag. Certainly you may search it. Yes, yes full of jewelry tools, ha, ha, ha. I teach classes in jewelry-making...oh, Milwaukee...what? Oh, you'd be surprised, lots of students. Beads...those are beads. The drill? Well, for holes you know, drilling...in metal."
That's where things went a little south. Obviously "drilling" and "metal" in an airport, when you are about to get on an airplane just doesn't work for the TSA.
The agent told me in no uncertain terms that this (these, I had TWO) drill could not get on that plane with me. "You're gonna have to check this," she said to me. "But I need these for a class...I have ladies who NEED these drills!" I replied in desperation (all the while thinking, "Oh boy, Lisa iss going to KILL me...she sailed right through security, drill-free).
The TSA agent was obviously not a jewelry maker...For one moment I thought about grabbing the drills and making a run for it. But then I realized, not only would the drills not make to to Milwuakee, I probably wouldn't either...and the headline "Beader Detained Due to Airport Drill Shutdown" would be pretty embarrasing.
So...in defeat, I let the TSA agent walk me to the ticket agent who thankfully understood that sometimes people, well...you know...forget that a drill is a no-no. She boxed the drills and is holding them until we return on Monday.
I made it back through security in record time, sailed right on the plane with Lisa, (who, by the way, did not tease me as much as she should have for trying to CARRY ON the drills) and had a Bloody Mary.
The drill-less class you ask? How did those ladies get the holes in their meal and beads??? Thank goodness instructor Dallas Lovett was smart enought to pack his drill in his checked baggage. We owe you one, Dallas!