Our encounter at the security check at
Our bag went through the X-ray device, but it was causing a stir.
The problem? There was a noise in the valise. International Airport in had all the earmarks of an international incident as we switched from a US international flight to a domestic flight to Veracruz.
A couple of tough-looking Indian--Native Mexicans?--soldiers came running up. They appeared very concerned. They looked like the guys you see there armed with submachine gubs.
We unzipped the bag to reveal a fully charged electric troothbrush that inadvertently had been turned on in the baggage handling.
The soliders relaxed and we all had a laugh.
Incident over? Not really. I wondered what we could do to avoid it from happening again. I bought a cheapo power brush for a trip to that had a removable battery.
By taking out the battery, I hoped to avoid a repeat. I did. But then the brush sucked. It simply wasn’t as powerful as my regular brush.
I found another solution: the OSHO Marko travel toothbrush. This sleek brush, available in chrome or clear models, looks like a big fat pen. But inside, it’s all toothbrush. It has changeable brushes so two or more can share.
Plus, you can “upload” your favorite toothbrush into the handle, simply by hooking up the “universal adapter” to your regular brand and squeezing. The latest in “suction” technology works like a charm.
A water-tight O-ring holds the cap on so you don’t get leakage. Presumably this O-ring works better than that on the Challenger Shuttle.
Put some paste on the brush and apply old-fashioned elbow grease.
The OSHO Marko whitens your teeth and lightens your load, sparing you from taking your toothpaste tube along.
Marko goes for $18 from ThinkGeek $20 and can be purchased at www.go-ohso.com, or a bit more from amazon.com and other e-tailers. A package of three replacement heads sells for about $8.
The OSHO Marko can help prevent cavities—and international incidents.