If you are in Texas and want to buy a snow globe, one of the best place to go is the Texas State Surplus Store at 6505 Bolm Road, off U.S. 183.
For some reason snow globes are banned items on airplanes. Something to do with the fact that they contain a liquid. Because no sane person would normally think that a snow globe as a potential terrorist weapon no one bothers putting them in their hold luggage. This leads to them being regularly confiscated or as the staff at the surplus store say “willfully surrendered”.
The surplus store’s inventory has soared since the imposition of increased security at US airports. Snow globes and many other items have increased the store’s sales by $300,000 in 2010 alone.
The other items include the usual pocket knives, screwdrivers, scissors, pizza cutters. However it doesn’t include corkscrews nor nail clippers (so long as they don’t have a file). However items that are confiscated, sorry surrendered, are toy guns belt buckles shaped like a gun. There are items that have been lost too such as bum bags, watches and sunglasses. Mobile phones find their way into the store, though they must be prepaid ones since it is so easy to find the owner of phones on monthly plans.
Now we know the reason why airport security was imposed â it was to allow passengers to willfully surrender items that they no longer wanted as a kind of stealth tax.