It’s been a while since we featured a cry-baby, but we couldn’t really go past this story.
An American couple says the confiscation of chutney and jelly from their luggage at Queenstown Airport has tarnished their holiday.
Jonathan and Tiffany Sturman and their two children were passing through security screening before a flight to Sydney this month when the condiments were confiscated from their carry-on baggage because they were deemed a ”gel” under aviation security rules.
The Hong-Kong-based couple contacted the Otago Daily Times to express their disgust at the experience, which had left a ”very unfavourable mark” on their holiday.
They say the rules are heavy-handed and security staff should have the discretion to pass items that do not pose a threat to safety.
The Aviation Security Service (Avsec) says the rules have been in place for years and are clearly communicated to passengers.
Mr Sturman said they were told the items – a jar of apple jelly and two jars of cherry chutney bought at a Cromwell store – should have been packed in their checked-in luggage.
The rules needed to be more clearly explained to passengers.
”This type of behaviour is bully-like and does not help to promote tourism to your country, nor does it help to keep the skies safe.
”It is a sad day when cherry chutney is deemed a threat to air travel.” Read more »