Life, liberty, and the pursuit of maple syrup

Sarah O'Keefe / Humor1 Comment

Wednesday evening, I detoured from XML 2006 in Boston up to Nashua, New Hampshire, for a presentation at the STC Northern New England chapter.

(Thanks to Char James-Tanny for providing transportation!)

Traditionally, presenters are given a jug of maple syrup. Yum. I love maple syrup.

But sadly, the TSA does not permit maple syrup in quantities greater than three ounces in your carry-on luggage. And I don’t check luggage except under extreme circumstances. (And transporting maple syrup doesn’t — quite — qualify.)

My thoughtful hosts, however, decided to give me maple taffy and maple cream cookies instead. Much appreciated.

Note: Cattle prods and throwing stars are permitted in checked baggage only. Good to know before my next on-site class . (And no, I am not making this up. Look under “tools” and “martial arts & self-defense items”)

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Sarah O'Keefe


Content strategy consultant and founder of Scriptorium Publishing. Bilingual English-German, voracious reader, water sports, knitting, and college basketball (go Blue Devils!). Aversions to raw tomatoes, eggplant, and checked baggage.

One Comment on “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of maple syrup”

  1. I don’t check baggage, either. But when I have things that I want to bring back home (maple syrup would qualify) that I can’t due to FAA regs, I mail them. The maple taffy and maple cream cookies were a nice idea, though.

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