I was traveling to Hood River, Ore., to attend the annual meeting of the Stone Foundation, an international organization of architects, sculptors, stonemasons, geologists, engravers and engineers united by their love of stone.Now that liquids, in the 3 oz sized variety, are somewhat allowed, sort of, if the container is 3 oz, because if you have an 8 oz container, but only 3 oz of hair gel... well you get the idea. Anyways, having restored limited amounts of liquids to the allowed items on board, the TSA must have had extra time to consider other devious ways that an airline could be hijacked. I'm sure it was a surprise for this geology professor to find out about dual-use items.
To enhance my speech, I nestled one of my favorite specimens between my underwear and shirts in a carry-on bag because I never check luggage on business trips. My banded chunk of the Hebron Gneiss (pronounced "nice") resembled a broken slice of layer cake composed of licorice and cream cheese.(Source: The Courant )
In retrospect, I suppose I could have put the grapefruit-sized specimen inside my sock, swung it around my head like a mace, charged the cabin and attempted to hijack the flight. This, of course, never occurred to me until the zealous inspector declared my rock a "dual-use" item.It makes you wonder how these people fly.
"What, pray tell, is a dual-use item?" I asked. I'm afraid I chucked just a little, causing her to glare, withhold a satisfactory answer and call her supervisor. He hefted my rock, scrutinized it for a moment, and agreed that my specimen was indeed a dual-use item, meaning a potential low-tech weapon. (Source: The Courant )
The Courant, No Stone Unturned by Robert M. Thorson, October 5, 2006