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Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 14:36:19 -0800 (PST)
From: "Bruce Schrader" <bcschrader@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <CATFOOD860TVOzHlSe200003560@catfood.nt.phred.org>

Nitro Bob wrote: <snip> Last week I flew up to SEATTLE for my daughters gradution and took some items to work on her city bike, one of which was a small set of allen wrenches in a folding arraingement (OT I am sure). You would not beleive the comotion it caused in SEATTLE AP. I was lucky enought to be able to put it in my checked bags before they went on the plane,appearently NO TOOLS are allowed in carry on bagage or at least so said some very stern security people.............

Bruce Schrader writes: I had the same incident in the San Diego airport about 4 months ago. It got ugly...I'll leave it at that. Funny thing about it was that I was able to fly from San Jose to San Diego with the tools without any problem. It only became a problem on the return trip from San Diego. The security folks were all curious and had to ask what it was. I should have told them it was for dental hygiene rather than a bicycle tool. Hmmmm. I still don't get it. Maybe they were afraid we were going to do some McGiver thing and begin disassembling the plane with our multipurpose gadgets. I wonder how long it'd take us to unbolt a wing with one of those? It probably wasn't so much the allen wrenches that frightened them, but I'll bet the chain breaker feature sent fear running through their veins. Anyway, I'm sure we're all glad that the sky's are safer now... <snicker>..

Bruce Schrader San Francisco, CA

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