Glad to hear he’s back OK. A friend of mine goes to Guatemala (related to her church) and teaches violin.
Back in the day when I flew to many different countries annually, I always thought that the security to leave many of those countries was usually more stringent than to enter. It’s also my understanding that such “forgotten” firearms/ammo discovered by border/airport security is a common occurrence.
My most interesting security check (I won’t list the country; they’ve changed since that country started becoming a larger tourist destination) was when I flew in, they brought each of the passengers to a security table, you could watch the clothes flying in the air at every station from the security staff vigorously checking everyone’s luggage.
Some other interesting airport security stories for me…
While flying to and from Vegas, I’ve had my shoes swabbed and tested “randomly,” and another time my friend was allowed on with something that looked like a small baseball bat (mexican art; carved stick) and they stopped me because they said my semi-soft leather pool cue case might be used as a weapon. For the record, I put the actual pool stick in my check-in luggage before entering security, but the semi-soft leather case was too large to fit in it.
About 20 years ago, I had a stopover in Chicago and left the gate area to say hello to my family that came to see me on my way back to college. The airport put these metal brackets on the X-ray machines so that only the smallest portion of the carry-ons could squeeze through. My carry-on was about half the size (by volume) of what was allowed, but since it was an abnormal shape (locker style bag) they wouldn’t let me take it back to the gate and I had to mail it to myself.
On one of my last international flights, I was waiting to board the plane and saw three younger American fellows (probably just graduated undergrad) speaking to the gate attendant. They had purchased a $500 bottle of Scotch in the duty free shop before waiting at the gate. The attendant said that they didn’t allow people to bring alcohol on board. Since there was no time for them to return the bottle (I can’t even remember if the shops were still open at that time), the three younger fellows left it on a seat at the gate for whoever wanted it.