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The things people discard at airport security, and the mysterious rice pudding

I took an overnight trip to Ireland this weekend, flying out of London Luton.

Nothing remarkable about that, but on the way out I did see something strange on the approach to airport security.

On a steel topped table were the usual pre-security discards, mostly bottles of water, a couple of deodorants and then something more unusual.

A tin of rice pudding.

I’m well aware that some people find it difficult to live without their home comforts when on holiday, but the thing that was really unusual about this was firstly that it was empty, and secondly that the inside of the tin was spotlessly clean.

How had it got there?

I don’t know what the rules on carrying tins of rice pudding (or anything else) in your hand luggage are. But if it relates to liquids, and the can was full, how did it end up so clean? If it was empty in the first place, then why carry it? If you wanted to carry an empty tin then what would make you discard it?

I have been thinking about it on and off over the weekend, and I still can’t come up with a theory I’m totally happy with.

Do you have a theory?

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen discarded at airport security?

 

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