Sunday, September 03, 2006

Terrorist Hummous

En route back from Burning Man, I stopped in Reno for the night.

Reno has a Trader Joes - and after a week of mostly cliff bars, this was too good to be true.

Alas, the Transportation Safety Administration doesn't see things my way.

In their view, factory sealed stuffed-grape leaves, Hummous, and yoghurt are all liquids - and thus components of a bomb.

My conversation with the TSA goons went something like this:

Them: You can't take these on board. They're liquids.
Me: No. They're solid foods. The hummous is more of a paste than a liquid.
Them: You can't take it through.
Me: I realize that hummous and Al Qaeda come from the same part of the world - but well, so does Algebra.
Me: Israel also produces lots and lots of hummous, and our government loves them.
Him: Sir, you're going to have to make up your mind. There are other people waiting.

Needless to say, when I eventually went back through the security checkpoint after having a rushed breakfast, I was "randomly" selected to be thoroughly screened....

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