Yesterday, after the FTU seminars, I headed to DCA. I got in the priority lane and noticed that the two people in front of me had MilePoint luggage tags. I asked if they’d been at the seminar. It turns out that I was standing behind Tommy – the man behind the program. As we waited – the line wasn’t the quickest – we chatted and waited for our turn to go through security.
As I waited for my bags to come through the x-ray machine, I noticed that person Tommy was traveling with had been stopped by TSA. Apparently, the Freddie Award she had packed in her bag had confused TSA. Next thing I know, TSA was asking to search my bag. It’s not everyday that you see two very frequent flyers pulled over by TSA.
The agent who searched my bag pulled out a box of left-over RIFD Credit Card Sleeves that we were handing out at FTU. It seems that a box of 500 RFID sleeves looks like something else in the x-ray! So after checking my luggage and re-scanning the cards, I was allowed to go.
Ironically, I got to say hello to a work-colleague in the security line who was in DC with his family for the weekend (not related to FTU). It’s such a small world – it was great to finally meet Tommy (we’d exchanged a few emails earlier in the year) – and talk about FTU and F2B.
It was also nice to have a chuckle over the fact that the award and then my RFID sleeves caused TSA some challenges. The lesson learned – ship the RFID sleeves to Chicago for the Chicago Seminars.