San Diego International Airport is packed to the gills the Sunday night and Monday morning after San Diego Comic Con ends. The annual event in San Diego, California, brings over 100,000 fans and thousands of entertainment industry types to the city every July.
United Airlines made the lines of travelers even worse this year. United issued a direction to Comic Con attendees, saying the Transportation Security Administration required all books to be removed from checked bags – a burden for those who spent the past four days buying comic books.
The TSA states it did not ban comic books from checked luggage. A spokeswoman told The Consumerist that sometimes, large amounts of one item in a bag will trigger an alarm in the screening devices, but all they do when that happens is open the bag and check.
Emily Zanotti, currently working on a book on Operation Overlord, is a huge fan of comics. She told Mike Opelka on today’s “Pure Opelka” that foil covers on some comic book editions also block x-rays. She also affirmed that large collections of comic books can block the scanner, as the TSA spokesperson stated.
United’s solution was to have travelers put their comic books in carry-on bags, which Mike and Zanotti both agreed is problematic for fans trying to keep their collector’s items pristine. She said some even resorted to mailing their purchases home, which is a gamble when a comic book can resell for $3.2 million.