Airline Security is a Necessary Nuisance
By Avis Ward
I had been on the island of Oahu and visited several other islands while taking a dream vacation for three weeks. I am woman. I do not necessarily enjoy it, but I shop. As usual, I shopped more for others than myself because everyone and their in-laws wanted souvenirs.
My luggage was packed meticulously, carefully, expertly and perfectly due to the amount of stuff I had in them. Yes, it took sitting on two of the pieces to close them and yes, I had to pay extra for the excess weight. I was thinking it was a good thing I had taken this vacation, as it could possibly be my last! I was still spending money on my return trip home! Of course, I bought pineapples at the airport. In retrospect, I could have gone to my local grocer when I got home and saved a few bucks. No one would have known.
The name on my baggage claim identification ticket was the same as my E-ticket. It listed my first name as Avise and last name, Ward that was correct. My middle initial is "E" so when I heard Avise (sounded like A-vize) over the intercom, I didn't recognize I was being paged. I arrive at the departure gate to check-in and was told baggage claim had been paging me and needed the combination to my luggage.
That dreaded feeling came over me. My meticulously, carefully, expertly and perfectly packed luggage was about to have its contents strewn all over tables and the floor. I made sure the forbidden carryon items were not with me and my laptop was in the luggage along with souvenirs for everyone in Florida and South Carolina. What looked suspicious to them?