- North of Liskeard, Cornwall,UK
You were very very lucky. There's zero tolerance for this sort of thing. If this had held the flight up - or caused luggage to be unloaded, you'd have a court case and possible prison to contend wth...
Many years ago (before the airport staff were anywhere near as twitchy as today) a friend made this mistake, joked there was a bomb in his luggage, saying it was on the theory that if he had the bomb the chances of there being another one were zero (quoting a comedian, somehere). He was arrested, and ended up in court, fined and a big legal bill to pay.
While attempting to take anything explosive on to a plane is not to be encouraged (unless you are a RAF armourer) I do think some of those people in airport security get a bit like little Hitlers with their holier-than-thou attitudes to even the most innocuous joke about terrorist activities. After a terrorist event it is always the case that it isn't the terrorist that ends up being the problem but rather the 'saviours of the human race'; the police, security guards and other such bodies that end up causing us the inconvenience, much of the time so that they can feel self-important. If we just got on with our lives after a terrorist event with minimal changes to our lifestyles instead of restricting our activities in more draconian ways and yes, having a laugh at the terrorists, things would not seem and indeed not actually be, so bad.
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