March 3, 2009

Is Peanut Butter a Liquid?

My jar of JIF didn't make it through the security check on the way home from my travels this weekend. Supposedly, I could have "hid things in it." I understood and apologized before remembering that the same jar made it through airport security on the flight down. The security officer said, "Well, were there more things in the bag on the flight down?" I became confused, wondering if wrapping an extra pair of jeans around the jar would have magically hidden it from the x-ray machine? But then my wife said, "Oh, well there WERE apples and bagels too on the flight down." Are the security officers really making judgment calls like that? "Hold on a second. There's a jar of peanut butter in that guy's bag....oh wait, never mind, there's apples too, it's probably just a snack." Of course, this is now only my second best airport security story.