Day 1 and I’ve already learned something. A bicycle u-lock is a weapon in the eyes of the Spanish airport security. My most secure lock, an abus mini that is no longer manufactured, was confiscated because it could be used as a weapon. I understand that it could be used to bludgeon a person, but where do we draw the line? I’ve seen many movies where a pen was used to kill someone, but never I’ve seen a single instance of a bike lock being used as a weapon. I mean honestly, how far would you get if a bike lock is your weapon of choice? I’m pretty confident that I wouldn’t pose a threat to an airplane full of people with a small 2 lb bike lock…

Anyway, as long as the other two locks in checked baggage didn’t also get confiscated I should be fine.

Also, I’m in Spain. Things could definitely be worse. Only one more 6 hr layover and a 1.5 hr flight to go.

Sunrise over the Iberian peninsula

Sunrise over the Iberian peninsula, some 40,000 feet below.


Published by: Andrew Monfort

I am a former engineer who decided to follow my dreams. After 9 years of working as a process engineer in the oil & gas production and refining industries, I decided to follow my passions (cycling and travel) to see where they lead.

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  1. Growing pains. Leaving a world that we can control and jumping into waters that we must learn to navigate. Go with the flow. It is just the first of many possessions that won’t be with you at the end of your journey. Over the years, I have lost many things that I forgot to pack in my luggage and were in my back pack when I went through security. What can you do? Detach and move ahead.


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