Back in August of 2006 I was heading to the airport with a few bags full of brand spanking new W Hotel products. Soap bars, shampoos, body wash, heck, I even took the conditioner bottles. I had built up a connection with the W brand, that taking the products home after a 1.5 week long stay at the W Hotel Lakeshore made sense. Only one slight problem, the Department of Homeland Security banned ALL liquids the morning of my flight.
I was advised to get to the airport early as everyone would be checking their bags. I had two options: (1) wait in very long lines to check my bag with all the W bath products or (2) ditch the products and carry on.
It was a difficult decision but after 30 seconds of looking at the bag check line, I found my way to the nearest trash can and began unloading my treasure I had just built up from the week and a half stay at the W.
It’s funny what we do when we build up an emotional connection with a hotel. As Gary reports, hotels like it when we do and think they’ve done their job.
The restrictions have since been lifted to allow for a small amount of liquids to be taken in your carry ons. This strictly limits the amount of hotel amenities you can take home each week.
While I don’t take amenities with me any longer, I’m still stuck looking at the 4 boxes of amenities from my major chains every time I visit my basement and am reminded of that day I was dumping out my suitcase into a trash bin at The Chicago airport.
Where were you when the liquid ban went into place? How much loot did you lose?