On a trip a couple of weeks ago, security was a little more chaotic than I was expecting. Right before I went through the line a group of school aged children came through, so I wasn’t paying as much attention to my stuff as I should. I ended up sending my computer through the x-ray machine in a bin with my purse on top of it. Whoops! The TSO grabbed the bin, then sent it through the machine without my purse on top. So I was standing there waiting a little longer than normal. I knew that I was looking for my laptop, so as soon as I saw a blue Dell come through I grabbed it and started to walk away. Except that it was NOT mine, and it actually belonged to the guy in line after me. Whoops again!!
So here is my recommendation: before you walk away from the security line, just take a glance at your stuff to make sure you grabbed the right bins. I realized as soon as I picked it up that the computer I grabbed was bigger than mine (and heavier!) but if it had been the same size I totally would have just left with it. That would have been a catastrophe! Another idea I read about is to tape your business card to the bottom of your laptop in case it gets misplaced during travel. So next time I will definitely be more careful, and make sure I have my own computer.
Readers, have you ever taken something at security that wasn’t yours ?