If you’re devoted to a particular tea that’s hard to find – be careful going through security at the airport. Viggo Mortensen, of Lord of the Rings fame, frequently is stopped at the airport, because his favorite Argentinian mate is mistaken for pot. Plus the traditional ways of drinking it cause even more confusion. Contactmusic.com reports:
And it doesn’t help that Mortensen, who grew up in Argentina, drinks his tea with a pipe. He was recently stopped on his way to the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. He says, “They asked me if it’s a bong or a pipe to smoke pot. I’ve made the mistake of putting the mate in a plastic Ziploc bag instead of its original packaging, so that it ends up looking like pot.”
Lesson learned: Avoid carrying your loose tea without it’s original packaging or you might be spending more time at the airport than you’d like.