Pre-September 11,2001, there were all sorts of things being taken on planes that we know better than to take now. Safety concerns aside, the one thing I do miss being able to do is carry wine onto a plane.
We honeymooned in Bali in August of 2001, and I packed up a few essentials for the trip. My new wife of just days picked up my carry-on at one point and jokingly said, “Good grief that’s heavy. What’ve you got in there – bottles of wine??”
Little did she know. I not only had a bottle of 1990 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill, I also had over 150 tealights, and a big Bic lighter – the kind you use to start a fireplace fire. While she slept one late afternoon, I set it all up. When she awoke, magic. (Okay, so I had to wake her up before the candles burned out.)
It was more than worth the extra effort, believe me! Alas, I won’t be repeating that trick anytime soon…can’t imagine the field day TSA would have with that now!