EMA is the airline code, Nottingham airport to give it its official title, East Midlands airport in the vernacular.
I’ve only used this airport twice, flying to and from Sofia.
It’s a fair sized provincial airport in the rough centre of England, when I used it, there were a few shops, a duty free area, a pub, the usual things we find in British airports.
The thing that made it stand out for me though was a large box, just after the security area. It was big, maybe 2m by 1m and at least 1m deep, full of articles confiscated by travellers. Things that people wanted to take on board with them.
There were things that were immediately recognisable, Swiss army knives in their hundreds, lighters and matches. There were things that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a 50 Shades film.
There were things that I knew and could just about understand why they were there. There were carving knives, 8″ long steel bladed carving knives. I suppose a family heading off on their holidays to a self catering apartment, who’d never flown may have made the mistake.
There was though, one thing, that I will never understand. Why would anyone want to take, as hand luggage, on a plane, a 3 foot long double bladed sword? Why? What possible use could you have of that on board? Clipping your toenails as you head to the sun? Even now, nearly 10 years after seeing that, I giggle as I go through airport security, wondering how many sword wielding passengers I have on my flight.
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