So last week I made about 60 customized luggage tags as gifts for colleagues at our annual SAP Users Conference in Orlando. To keep them well organized in my carry on, I taped them in batches of about 15 each, stacked, and put all found bundles sideways in my carry-on, kind of like a long loaf of bread.
Well,guess what: In an airport X-ray machine, 60 pieces of cut PG maple ply with rounded corners look like… something that shouldn’t be going on a plane. Think some type of plastique/ explosive material.
Needless to say, I was pulled aside for secondary screening. And when they looked at them, they actually thought they were very neat, complimented me on my work, but then swabbed several of the luggage tags “just to be sure” - and apparently, because of the laser burning the PG material, the scan came back as a questionable / dangerous material.
Luckily, after they took one stack to manually inspect them, they did eventually clear them… and they have been a big success with colleagues… and I may get one or two referral credits, I hope.
But I did want to alert the community to be aware of how NOT to pack some of the materials when travelling… and to note that lased plywood MAY create a false positive when swabbed and scanned.