|'Southwest Dreaming' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
But this time I learned something new and it just may save me time in the future.
|The mini pastels I painted on my cruise|
I really don't mind getting flagged at the security checkpoint. The agents are doing their job to keep travel safe. But it is sometimes a pain because security agents usually don't know about pastels. They might open your pastel box upside town. Imagine the mess of careless handling and repacking! You are not allowed to handle your bag as it is being inspected and some agents even get huffy if you try to explain about handling the pastels. (I have learned this the hard way)
On this past trip I went through security at the cruise ship terminal and as usual my backpack was flagged for inspection. Curiously though the same bag went through airport security 4 times in January without being flagged. I think I figured out why and it will change the way I pack my pastels.
On the cruise I packed an extra box of Holbein hard pastels which I had carefully lined up in the box to make a better fit. This was the box that security was most interested in! This box looked like a box of bullets. The 'messy' box of pastels where they were all different sizes and NOT lined up passed through without a problem. (the agent actually took each box put and ran it through X-ray separately so she wouldn't have to go through my entire backpack) See the photo below.
|The top box was not as suspicious as the bottom right box|
So from now on I will try to pack a bit differently. I always carry on my pastels.
- I will NOT line up my pastels perfectly. I will bring an assortment of shapes and sizes like the top box in the photo.
- I am going to try to take the pastel kit with the boxes of pastels out of the backpack and put them through security in a separate bin. This way if it looks suspicious to the agent they will only need to inspect the pastel box and not the entire contents of my backpack. I'll let you know how this works after my next flight.
- I will put a note on the box with handling instructions in case I get an agent who won't allow me to speak (it has happened!)
- I usually don't put pastels in any checked bag but if I do I will double wrap them in bubble wrap in a large ziploc bag with handling instructions prominently displayed.
|'Desert Dreams I' 2.5x3.5 pastel $15 buy here|
|'Desert Dreams II' 2.5x3.5 pastel $15 buy here|
|'Desert Dreams III' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel sold|
|'Desert Dreams IV' 2.5x3.5 pastel $15 buy here|