In case I haven’t made it excitedly clear, I will be attending BlogHer for the first time ever. It’s in New York this year, so there’s a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the event. Apparently, east coasters are super excited about the blogging convention being held in their backyard. I’m in Ohio, so I’m debating whether to fly or drive.
Flying seems like such a hazard these days with the new TSA pat downs (the once-overs/the reach arounds/the how’s-your-twig-and-berries touch as I’ve heard them called so far), the restrictions on what you can check, what you can carry, and what you can’t take at all. Although most of the restrictions seem like common sense.
|Item ||Carry-on ||Checked |
|Box Cutters ||No ||Yes |
|Ice Axes/Ice Picks ||No ||Yes |
|Knives – except for plastic or round bladed butter knives ||No ||Yes |
|Meat Cleavers ||No ||Yes |
|Razor-Type Blades – such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted) ||No ||Yes |
|Sabers ||No ||Yes |
|Scissors – metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches ||Yes ||Yes |
|Swords – cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils ||No ||Yes |
*Information from TSA.gov
Seems like good rule-of-thumb anyway. Although I’m curious about the type of world we live in when a simple midwestern gal can’t take her trusty meat cleaver on plane with her. I wonder if any TSA Agent has really had to argue about the meat cleaver or saber restriction. I imagine if it’s on here, then it’s happened.
But shoe inserts? Apparently “gel shoe inserts are not permitted, but shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed and must be removed and screened.” Lord help you if you have arthritis or a bad back. Or stinky feet.
Sno-globes are also a no-no, along with your everyday tear gas, dynamite and torches. Good thing most super heroes have their own mode of transportation, even if they’re occasionally invisible.
No, I’m not questioning the methods of the TSA or Homeland Security. I realize that much of this is necessary even if it does seem silly. Most of this is common sense, but it’s sad that many of these things have to be listed.
On a side note, here’s my to-do list so far:
I need shoes, dress and comfortable
I need luggage. Seriously, I have no luggage
Waiting for final paperwork from my sponsor (who I will reveal soon!)
Decide if I’m driving or flying, neither of which I can afford 🙂
Hotel – booked, ticket – almost purchased. My lovely new friend is holding on to it for me (TY!)
Note: If you’re a company who would like representation at BlogHer, you can find the information here!