I know that regulations in place are meant to enhance our safety, but some regulations are just so ridiculous I don’t have much to say about them.
On my flight to Japan I had a plastic bag full of mince pies to bring over to Japan. I know you’re only allowed one piece of hand-carry luggage when travelling from/to the UK, but I thought I’ll just try my luck anyway (it was the Christmas season, after all). I almost had to leave it behind, but thankfully the security staff advised me of a workaround.
I don’t know why they’re so anal about the one piece of hand-carry luggage rule, since the volume/weight of stuff I had on me was definitely less than the maximum allowed, but since I got past in the end I decided to just forget about it.
On the journey back from Japan, I decided to put a tube of moisturiser in my hand-carry luggage since my skin was really drying up. Luckily, that tube was almost empty (I figured I’ll risk it in case I unknowingly broke any rules, since I’d never brought liquids on board before and was unfamiliar with the regulations involved) so it wasn’t that painful when I was asked to leave it behind. Apparently all liquids must be placed in a clear resealable bag. I knew that – I just didn’t think it’ll apply when I only had one item. Seriously, if there was an extra layer of plastic around that tube I could have brought it on board, but without that layer I couldn’t? What sense is there in that? I would have tried arguing, but the security staff didn’t seem to speak much English and I decided not to disrupt the Japanese social order over a near-empty tube of moisturiser.
I know it’s my own fault for not properly following the regulations involved, but really – what’s the point of all these regulations, and why enforce them when they make no difference in the end? Or am I simply missing the point, somewhere?