Fear the fork!
December 11th, 2009 by Tessa

Well, back when we were in Canada, (I know, it seems like forever ago-) we went to this really neat store that was eco friendly and everything. Knowing that we were going to Asia where utensils were hard to come by, and also in desperate need of spoons, we bought the most ADORABLE miniature set with a fork, a spoon and some screw on chopsticks that all had pretty little rounded tops. We used it all through Canada (and got it through security in both Canada and the US) and then got it through Japan’s security, as well as China’s and Vietnam’s.

We were switching planes in the Philippines when we were pulled over by the security guards (even when you know you don’t have anything- you still get nervous…). My mom’s bag- so I didn’t have to worry about anything. The man took her backpack, took out the little canister and pulled out both of the forks (which, may I remind you have rounded prongs)- and throws them into the garbage. Mom- was mortified.


“Yes, pointy, can stab.”

The guy made a motion as if stabbing himself and then said a quick no while scowling.

A group of people looked over from across the terminal as my mom’s voice wafted they’re way. She walked away with a “humph” and stormed towards us.

“I was so mad at him I was about to throw the fork at him.”

“Uh, yeah mom! That really wouldn’t have helped your case…”

I was interrupted by Phoebe; “Oh look they have forks over there at the café! We could kill the pilot with THOSE forks!” A couple of people sitting down looked up for a second and looked at us funny.


After a couple of days we had to fly out of the Philippines from the same terminal. My mom stuffed one of our food bags with forks from the café right outside the terminal and then didn’t dump out the liquid and told us we should see if they stop us again. If they did she was completely ready to throw the fork at them. We got through security with both the liquids and the forks and mom had to go to the nearest security guards and demand her forks back. Sadly, they send the confiscated material weekly to the dump. They offered to search the garbage cans for her, but she shook her head and walked off triumphantly with her stash of plastic forks.

5 Responses  
Kate writes:
December 11th, 2009 at 1:53 am

OMG I was SO MAD! Forks – I’m SO SURE! The chopsticks were FAR more dangerous than the forks for goodness sake! And the set was so cute, it came in this cute little case and everything fit together so well and it matched (and everyone knows I love cute little things that match!). UGGG! Stupid airport security – they are SO random and lame.

chloe cline writes:
December 13th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

oooh that evil evil airport security lol!

Theresa Sanchez writes:
December 14th, 2009 at 8:58 am

Tessa give your Mom a hug and tell her that it will be okay. And Kate I agree it is the principle of it all.

Brian writes:
December 31st, 2009 at 11:53 am

Ha, that is so funny.

Y’all’s wit is far more pointed and dangerous, but I won’t tell security that.

Kenzi Vetter writes:
January 5th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tes Tes!!!!!! How does it feel to be a teenager now.I can’t believe that you are 13 already.It seems just like yesterday that we ran into each other on the playground at primary.Looks like you all are having a wounderful time traveling.I agree it seems so long since you all left. I miss you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.Me and all the other final years have been keeping real busy with our year long research. I wish I could have been with you to see the fireworks on New Years.


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