How I nearly missed visiting the Statue of Liberty

Strange as it may sound, despite 2 visits to New York (albeit day trips) 0ver 4 visits to the US, I never managed to visit the Statue of Liberty. Now every tourist knows this is a major omission, something that had to be rectified.

So this time, a visit to the monument was on top of my list. Especially since I was spending 12 weeks in New Jersey.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty

This Monday seemed to be the best day and I kept my fingers crossed that the projected weather forecast would prove wrong. Luckily it did and the day was bright and sunny. By noon it was as hot as a Mumbai summer day.

We set off later than planned to avoid the rush hour morning traffic into the City. Besides being off season, we had a very good chance of getting tickets for the ferry ride and entrance to the actual statue.

After a  bit of a search for the ticket office, we boarded Miss Freedom  but not before a bit of a scare.

As my handbag passed through the metal detector, it was stopped. My heart sank. What could have alarmed the Security?

I soon found out .

Buried under my sweater and jacket , cheek by jowl with my wallet was my little brown catch all. They opened it and fished out the contents.

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My make up kit

The security guard opened each lipstick, turned open the perfume case , zipped up the little purse and said

” You got good taste Mama, ” and let me pass.

But my heart sank a second time when another check revealed the same contents. Luckily the female security guard stepped in and confirmed that my make up was harmless.

I heaved  sigh of relief and swore never again to carry my makeup with me when I visit any American landmark.

Have you ever been stopped by security because your makeup was considered  make up threat? Do share

 

Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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8 Responses

  1. Well, as a guy who’s never travelled higher than Delhi, can’t say that i HAVE 🙂

    But I can imagine how unnerved I would be in that situation having to keep proving myself to be a non-threat to others.
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  2. Tina Basu says:

    seriously? over makeup? LOL I havent been stopped for makeup products anywhere thankfully!
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  3. RT says:

    well written Mama!!! Who woul dhave thought Givenchy and Chanel is a security threat?

  4. Lois pula says:

    I can’t go without makeup anywhere. But the security is interfering that is harmful or not for security purpose. It is little uneasy but it is needed for every landmark. When confirmed that is nothing harmful then permitted to go.

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