Airport security is tough. Guards, bomb-sniffing dogs, metal detectors, x-ray detectors. At least, thats how it is in the US. In Indonesia, on the other hand, things are a little bit more lax. And even though its a predominantly Muslim nation, apparently someone thought it would be a great idea to put a Guinness vending machine in the airport lobby at Surubaya International Airport. Amazing. Why dont we have these things here?
Vending machine at the Surubaya International Airport serving cold Guinness and miscellaneous juices.
Insert money here. Gladly.
20,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a Guinness?! Well, thats only $2.25, so yes. I will have one.
The fruits of my labor. Cold Guinness as I walk to my gate. Its at this point I realize that my flight leaves soon so I hurry to my gate, bags in tow, stopping every once in a while to take a sip of my beer.
Oh Crap! I have a nearly full beer, and I need to go through airport security. In the US, I would be arrested by Homeland Security on the spot. In Indonesia? The screener had me pass my beer around the metal detector, rest it on the x-ray scanner, and then walk through to pick it up on the other side. Amazing.
Victory! Through airport security with cold beer in hand. And the officer even took a photo of me with my camera.