You all know that you are not permitted to carry weapons on board commercial airliners, right? So how the heck was I going to get these light sabers from Pittsburgh to Boston!
Driving to Maine to visit Lisa’s family can take thirteen hours to drive. Or we might fly to Boston and then drive the rest of the way. Ten hours. If we add just a little more travel time, we can stop to see my niece in Boston. And if we stop to see my niece in Boston, we can give her two kids some gifts.
Not knowing how she feels about toy weapons, I ask my niece, “Can we bring two light sabers into your home?”
She says, “Yes, but the kids will be jealous.”
But wait. In the movies, light sabers are weapons so powerful they can cut a person into two parts with one swipe. Weapons so powerful they can cut a person into two parts with one swipe are frowned upon by the Transportation Security Administration.
To the TSA people on the telephone, I say, “Light sabers are toys. You’ve seen the movie, right? You know that in real life, light sabers don’t exist. Can I carry two of them on the airplane?”
The TSA people I talk with are very reasonable. They say, “Sure. No problem. Just take the batteries out.”
Really? It’s that simple? Ha!
After returning home a week later, I get a message from my niece. “You get an enthusiastic thank you from both of them.”