I had the gall to ask the officer why and I was brusquely told it's a gel. A gel?? He then took the two jars and another 250gm jar and chucked them into the bin. When the spouse inquired if they were to be given away to a charity he was curtly told that they would be thrown away. It was sad I thought. Three jars of nature's health food, made and packed in NZ were destined for the rubbish bin - this in a country that is religiously concerned with and practices a high standard of conserving and recycling. I wonder what the bees' Union has to say about this wastage!
When I got home I decided to check up on how honey could be linked to a potential act of terrorism. The key words were hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Honey had the capacity to produce small amounts of this 'lethal stuff' which is commonly found in cleaning agents like bleach. But it was precisely H2O2 which made honey ideal for treating infected wounds and other bacterial disorders.
But then, hydrogen peroxide was said to be one of the ingredients in the bombs that failed to explode in the July 21, 2005 London bombs and since then honey has been damned and banned.
So I guess I should grin and bear the seizure of my three jars of honey - for the safety of air travellers.
But these incidents only caused me greater confusion.
Firstly, why was I told that I could make up my 'loss' by buying honey at the duty-free shop at the departure lounge! What is the difference between honey bought at the Airport's duty-free lounge and those purchased at bona fide Supermarkets like Pak N Save and Tourist shops outside of the Airport?
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