I just returned from a trip to Spain, and the flights back went through Germany. There, they confiscated the little, flimsy, metal, barely pointy mini-nailfile I had in my suitcase, the same one that had already gotten through several other security checkpoints without so much as a murmur. I hadn’t even thought about the possibility of it being a problem when I packed it, although I probably should have. I understand that rules are rules and they’re just doing their job, but really, I could do more damage with the much-sturdier-than-my-nailfile butter knife they gave me with my meal, or with the pen I also had with me.
Then I also got to deal with being selected to be the one who got the special shoe-checking in the airport, and the security lady (who spoke only German, which I speak not a word of) wouldn’t even attempt to mime the fact that I had to take the shoes off, so I got to try to guess until I could figure out what the heck I was supposed to be doing. I don’t mind submitting to those little security procedures, but I would appreciate if I could have some indication of what to do, instead of just having some impatient woman keep repeating things to me in a language I don’t understand.
So, dopers, what silly items have you had confiscated at airport security? What potentially dangerous items have gotten through?