Was in SF in the early 2000s, picked up a Splicing Wand at KKMI? Put it safely in the corner of my backpack to keep it from getting bent and forgot about it.
Airport security had just been increased; really, I had no idea why I was being flanked by two men with machine guns at the xray machine. No, I had nothing to declare.
It looked like a sword being extricated from my bag - gleaming in the light, my friends, people in the security line up laughing. The Splicing Wand was more expensive than the flight to Vancouver - I loved it and wasn't giving it up. They let me run back to