Pro Deo Et Patria- An Army Chaplain

I am a chaplain in the US Army, serving in Iraq. I'm keeping a blog to share my thoughts and experiences while deployed. They are my thoughts and they don't necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Army! :)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A Dangerous Snow Globe

I'm sitting here at the Gulfport Airport, waiting to head home. I had an interesting experience going through security.

Now, before I say any more, I want to explain that I totally respect the security, and think they do a very thankless job. They get hassled by busy travelers and no one stops to thank them for keeping our airplanes safe. I personally appreciate them and do everything I can to facilitate their work when I pass through security.

With that said....

I got stopped and turned back because I had a one inch snow globe for my six year old son. I got it in Germany. He likes getting snow globes from various places. I took it through the security at Philadelphia and Atlanta, but here in Gulfport, Mississippi they stopped me.

They pulled my bag aside, and pulled out the snow globe, and explained to me that it is a prohibited and dangerous item. They then looked through all of the stuff in my bag, and swept it for explosives. They explained that I could check the snow globe, but I could NOT bring it on board. So, I told them I would check the bag. I was then informed that I couldn't touch the bag... they had to take it, and "escort" me out. Only then could I check the bag. Quite embarrassing, to be honest. I walked back through the doors in front of people feeling about an inch tall.

Now... it doesn't help that I'm tired... having gotten very little sleep for the last 4 nights. It doesn't help that I've essentially been traveling home from a war zone for the last week, and I'm emotionally exhausted and just ready to see my family. So take my words with a grain of salt.

But... a snow globe? Seriously, a one inch, mini-snow globe? Is that what the bad guys are planning to use against us?

The irony is delicious. A Soldier returning from a combat zone is stopped for possessing a mini snow globe for his son who hasn't seen his dad in months.

I understand the standards, and this is a new standard. OK. Got it. And I appreciate the work the TSA does. They get no respect. I don't want this to be heard as a slam on the TSA workers.

But... wow. A snow globe. Wow. I had no idea. You can carry scissors up to, what, 4 inches now, but you can't bring a mini-snow globe?

Oh well, such is life. Not a big deal right now. I'm going home.


Blogger Carole said...

Amazing what we will do for country and for our children!!! EVERY bit of it is worth it!! Wesley will definitley appreciate it, but never understand the journey. WELCOME HOME! This is wonderful news to know that our God has brought you back full circle safely into the arms of your family. Enjoy! You certainly deserve it.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Captain,


Many years ago my husband literally was on an airplane to Viet Nam when our daughter Lenka was born. He didn't see her until she was 15 months old. I'm not complaining, lots of people had it lots worse than that. But because of my own experience as an Army wife I've been reminded to remember your family in my prayers regularly while you were apart from them and will continue to pray as you all adjust to being together again.

On another note, did you say you would be serving at a church called Zion? where is that?

God Bless your homecoming and the snow globe,

Kate Person

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy leave, Chris! You earned it! Welcome back!

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Home to the "World" least that's what we called in the 'Nam. Glad you kept your composure.

Pro Deo et Patria....."For God and Country" as I recall from having earned that award years ago. Thank you for your service to our God and to our Country.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcom Home,
God Bless you and Yours. My husand is a retired disabled Viet Nam Vet, soon to be 70 y.o. I remember what it was like, then no phones only letters, and receiving 7 at a time. Living in fear of seeing the Army vehicle coming to your door. Double Hugs for wife and son from spouse of retired Military Vet.

4:51 AM  
Anonymous sunshine said...

WOW! I could not believe what I was reading, A MAN 0F GOD, & A MILITARY "HERO", (in my eyes).
Humiliated for that, they should be ashamed, Mercy on them LORD! I have been reading the history of Chaplin's @ this site, very interesting, I saved the in my favorites about 2 yrs. ago, just got off chemo, 2003 - 2007 Praise God!!! He has Blessed me! I am a hand's on healer, HOLY SPIRIT GIFTS since I was 13 yrs. old. Widowed 2X, chemo 2X, JESUS 1X. Amen Welcome Home, I am enjoying this site, & I respect you for what you have dedicated your life to. My late Husband's Brother & his Wife are in Etheopia, missionaries 7 yrs. now.I Pray(live) in the SPIRIT & my prayer list is 30 yrs old, I add to it every day, 1st Ephes, 6V10 , "I open my mouth boldly for the LORD as I ought to do" Later, Sunshine Thank's again!!!!!!!!!!

3:43 AM  

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