A Scottish poet and novelist has told how he was stopped by airport security who suspected he was carrying plastic explosives.
Ian Blake, who sometimes uses the name Iain Dubh, told HuffPost UK the incident occurred when he was travelling from Inverness to Dublin to visit a Scottish friend for her 90th birthday. Naturally, he brought her a haggis, selected from Scottish food firm Macsween.
Changing at Birmingham Airport, the former climbing instructor revealed he was hauled aside by security and questioned about his savoury Scottish treat.
[W]hile officials were occupied with his haggis, Blake says they failed to notice he was also carrying a sgian dubh – a single-edged knife worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress.
The blade was tucked into his shoe, he said, though: “No one was bothered about that.”
Naturally, he wrote a poem about the experience. Robert Burns would be…well, something. I’m not sure if he’d be proud or immediately slam his head forcefully upon the surface of his desk…
In all honesty, and with all due respect to the Scots in my own ancestry, mistaking haggis for something life-threateningly dangerous is a perfectly reasonable conclusion.
Via Huffington Post.