Another story, from the very same journey.
My companion is not so law-abiding. During our trip, he was gifted with a credit-card multitool (a handy little device, see below). Apart from other features, the gadget has a small, sharp blade. He decided to chance it and smuggle it through the airport security check, together with a few cosmetics of forbidden size.
Guess what. Shaving foam and antiperspirant got confiscated. The blade - the only item, between the two of us, that could actually do some harm on board if we were up to no good - passed unmentioned.
The absurdity of it all!
Cosmetics, perfume, medicines, drinks are all confiscated for their dangerous potential, while truly weapon-like items are waved through.
If this is how the airport security checks work, then I see no reason for their existence. I don't feel more secure, because I KNOW that they allow potentially dangerous equipment through. I object to my belongings being confiscated in any circumstances, but if it happens for ridiculous reasons, it's twice as irritating.
So, here are my two appeals to airport security officials worldwide:
1. Please stop being such a pain in the lower regions
2. Either become relevant, or disband