I refer, of course, to the rash of highjackings and terroristic attacks which have been, in the dark years since September 11, 2001, perpetrated with . . . crab salad. Mozzarella cheese also, and stuffed herring.
Back in 2013, a ticketed passenger was denied clearance in Berlin because he had 272 grams of mozzarella cheese made from buffalo milk, 155 grams of North Sea crab salad, and 140 grams of a stuffed herring product identified as “Flensburger Fördetopf” (never heard tell of that last, apparently it’s a stuffed product). So he sued. Isn’t it heart-warming, by the way, how the Germans have taken so readily to the habits of their American conquerors?
The top German administrative court has now ruled that he loses. Yep. Because such food products are “made with” liquids — you know: dangerous stuff like sour cream and milk — they are subject to the same regulations governing your shampoo or other substances that you really can’t tell what they are. But hey: It’s just hard to tell, sometimes, whether that’s really crab meat there of very artfully concealed C4. You can’t hand the would be passenger a forkful of it and tell him to eat it and show you it can be done. For that matter, you can’t take a damned toothpick and shove it to the bottom of the container to show that there’s not a miniature land-mine stowed under the
Germany is no longer a serious country.