Once more I fall foul of the German’s obsession with Zippo lighters!
The security people here at Berlin Tegel airport insisted that I empty the cotton wool filling. I asked why. They said “Europe”. I said “No” because Spain, France, Poland and UK to mention just a few, have no problem with my Zippo so it appears to be “Germany” not “Europe”. They of course don’t care.
I said “Keep the thing because when you gut it it’s useless!”. They refused to even throw it in the bin and sent me back to “Talk to your airline”. This is an interesting concept given that my airline (LOT) is not represented in this tin shed portacabin they are using as a terminal. There’s one check-in guy who doesn’t give a toss and that’s it.
I go back and find the meanest looking policeman I can and ask him what I’m supposed to do. He whips out a giant Swiss Army knife and guts the thing.
I take my gutted lighter back through the whole security nonsense again and Mr Gunter Von Jobsworth checks it and gives the now useless metal carcass back to me.
This is starting to really piss me off now and as promised last time, this time I really will be sending a mail to Willie Brandt or whoever is running this place these days.
I fail to understand the rule. If it is liquids they are worried about, the Zippo is well under the size limitation. If it is flames they don’t like then why allow gas lighters? Whatever they are worried about, why does this only happen in Germany?