The TSA Exposed My Secret

The month of February was a whirlwind for me.

I was in Tucson, Ariz. for three weeks for business. Fortunately, I was able to spend one weekend in Phoenix with my husband. I also caught up with a high school classmate…the smartest girl in our school. And we had a great day.

All of this traveling had me packing light and I used my “carry on” bag. As I was heading to Little Rock and leaving Tucson a couple of weeks ago, the TSA (you know, the Transportation Security Administration) pulled my bag aside and asked to search my bag. Of course, I agreed.

TSA Agent: “Have you removed your toiletry items?”

Me: “Yes.”


TSA Agent: “Ma’am, you must remove all liquids.” As her gloved hands began searching my items.

By this time, she has exposed my secret hobby.

extra toiletries

I was actually ashamed I had stashed all of these tiny hotel shampoos, conditioners, lotions and mouthwashes in my carry on. What can I say…some of those had already been through security five times. I apologized profusely and was allowed to bring them with me.

Those samples are perfect for my guest room. And Red Cross Comfort Kits. And gifts for my daughter. Before you call me cheap, she really likes them.

And with the TSA’s proposed modification to allow small pocket knives, I’m looking forward to packing this back in my “carry on” soon.

my swiss army knifeYou can read more about the new TSA modifications planned to take effect April 25 on the TSA’s blog here.

Do you take the hotel shampoos? Will you plan on packing your allowable pocket knife when flying?

Tomorrow I’m driving to Dallas to attend a national blogging conference, Blissdom ’13. I am very excited to see everyone. And take my share of little hotel shampoos.


  1. Masala Chica says:

    I always grab some of the hotel shampoo and conditioner – but only if I have a bag I am checking in, because I don’t want to be caught, like you! I think the pocket knives are kind of scary to have on planes, but I think it’s because I have a very overactive imagination from watching too many repeats of “24.”

    So lovely to meet you!

    • Delta Moxie says:

      Masala Chica, thank you for commenting! For a fleeting moment I had planned to check my bag but didn’t…and forgot about my contraband. Regarding the knives, I’d much rather travelers smuggle hotel sized amenities than legally tote their pocket knives onto planes. But if it’s allowed, I’ll pack my Swiss Army knife. So enjoyed bonding with you at BlissDom!

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