I lost my first traveling item the first day when I entered airport security in Toronto. I foolishly packed my multi-tool in my carry-on bag and airport security caught it in the scanner.
I was so disappointed as I had purchased it for the trip after much deliberation at Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Fortunately, Mr. Tofu brought me a new one in Honduras. And while I only use it to clean my nails, I feel reassured that the day I needed a mini saw/pliers/knife I will be prepared. Reassured until today.
Today I took my first flight since the RTW inauguating flight to Cancun and as I stood in airport security I had a sense of panic. Yet again, I had forgotten to put the multi-tool in my backpack and I would lose this one too.
Or would I?
I went through security without any snafus and was on my way to Bogota.
I landed in Bogota and snapped a shot of the multi-tool as I was certain I was going to lose it when I re-entered airport security for my flight to Santa Marta. This was a larger airport and security would be tighter.
After being wanded down by a security officer because I was wearing a belt I patiently waited as the staff realized they wanted to scan it again because they had seen something. This was it, they had seen the multi-tool and I was going to lose it.
Or would I?
The man handed me my bag with a smile and I was on my way.
But I wasn’t so lucky with the flight situation, mine had been delayed and it was freezing in the gate waiting area so I asked to exit back into the main shopping area. This meant I had to re-enter through security again and I wondered if cockiness would lead to me losing the multi-tool.
Could they really miss it 4 times?
I am lucky and I still have it today. Although my luck has probably run out and now that I’ve written this post someone will find it and put me on the airline security list and I’ll be strip searched on my next flight.
At least my nails will be clean.