Hi there! I'm back from Antigua, we had a fabulous time, and will definitely update you once I get all 339 pictures uploaded and sorted, and the laundry done, and catch up at my real job. Until then, here's a little anecdote from our trip to tide you over.
My carry on luggage got busted not once, but twice, for liquids. Craig got busted once.
The first incident was the last-minute addition of the aloe vera gel to my carry-on suitcase instead of my checked suitcase. I didn't realize I'd put it in the wrong bag but the TSA agent at Lambert sure found it. As soon as my bag set off the beeping I realized what I'd done. I apologized profusely, convinced him I wasn't a threat to national security, and he pitched it.
The second incident was in the St. Maarten airport. We had to take a puddle jumper plane from St. Maarten to Antigua. The screener made Craig pitch his brand-new unopened water bottle. That didn't make much sense to us, considering we'd never left the airport and he had bought it not five minutes before boarding the other plane. Consistency doesn't seem to be the motto sometimes.
The third incident was on our way back, in the Charlotte airport. I had bought an extra water bottle at the St. Maarten airport (because USeless Airways charges for everything). I put it in my carry-on, and forgot I'd have to recheck my bags for my connecting flight to St. Louis. So, my carry-on stops traffic on the x-ray belt. As soon as it started beeping I said damn it, I did it again. I told the TSA screener what I'd done and asked him to just pitch it. Well, of course he was in the middle of training new agents so they had to go through the whole shebang of removing my bag with a crane, donning the hazmat suits, and shutting down the airport. Not really, but that's what I felt like. Of course everyone behind us is backed up now because of my low tolerance for dehydration. I was not the most popular gal in the line, let me tell you.
Craig said "If we make it back to St. Louis without going to jail, I'll be surprised." Of course, I had an incident at the Customs Desk, but that's a story for tomorrow. Stay tuned....