Today my husband is flying to Indiana to visit his grandpa. I had mentioned earlier that grandpa is not doing very well, health-wise. I would have wanted my husband to fly out last week because it was Thanksgiving (which is a big deal for his family but not me personally), and they had a family reunion on Saturday. However, due to his work schedule, he could not have left until today.
I went back to Taiwan to visit my mother and my grandma back in February. I brought back some tourist souvenir pins (the kind with pictures of various attractions and you could wear them on the collars) as a gift for my husband's family members. Since he's flying out there, I gave the pins to him so he could just take them with him.
This morning I woke up and started to get really worried. With the tightened security, I wasn't sure if the pins would go through. My husband was only taking a small backpack with him, so there was no check-in luggage to store the pins away. I would really hate for the TSA to confiscate the pins I brought all the way back from Taiwan.
I was so sure the pins would have made a big issue (they are metal and have a sharp point), but I was so relieved when my husband called me from the gate that he passed the security. The pins just went right through the scanner. Whew! I guess we got lucky this time. Next time, I really have to think twice what I pack in the carry-on bag.