HANOI, VIETNAM—JUNE 24, 2014—Got dinged again in airport security, this time in Hanoi. Cork screw, but one with no blade. It’s just crazy to me. Passed airport security in Shanghai on my way to Hong Kong with two cork screws. Returning to Shanghai from Hong Kong, I got dinged for the cork screw with the foil cutter blade. I passed airport security from Beijing to Hanoi with remaining cork screw, but had it confiscated on a flight from Hanoi to Saigon. Go figure. Actually, I think it’s ok to carry a cork screw without a foil cutter. I think the guy this morning was unsure. He looked up as if he wanted to check with someone, but when he didn’t see anyone, I think he erred on the side of caution and told me I couldn’t take it. C’est la vie. I think I’ll get another cork screw and start keeping track of when and where they are taken.
Joseph Koppi is a travel writer with over 40 years of writing and communications experience in both the media and corporate arenas. He currently treks the world, writing about his adventures in foreign lands and with the amazing people he encounters. Read More