On the subject of traveling by air with your jewelry . . . I had a
long talk with a reservation agent at United Airlines today. She
confirmed that we are not technically allowed to travel with brooches
because of the pin stems. She also acknowledged that some security
officers are more diligent than others about checking such items but,
she said, if you are stopped with them - and you should be - you
have no recourse and will have to either check the items or arrange
for other transport.
Because of this conversation, I have decided against taking my
chances in regard to flying to Baltimore. Instead, and because I
don't want to ship my pins, I am going to remove all the pin stems
(as Lisa from Byzantia suggested), check the pin stems, and carry on
the stem-less brooches along with the rest of the jewelry. I used to
think that I really ought to be riveting my pin stems on (though I've
never had a problem with the clamp on types), but now I'm glad I
don't! I understand the necessity for such strict security measures
but, oh, what a pain!
Anyway, I hope to see all of you who are coming to ACC in Baltimore,
so stop by booth #320 to say hello. And travel safe and secure!