SEATTLE, WA – Maddy Williamson, a 32-year-old sock addict from Seattle, was dismayed at not having to remove her shoes on a flight from Lisbon to Rome earlier this week.
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SEATTLE, WA – Maddy Williamson, a 32-year-old sock addict from Seattle, was dismayed at not having to remove her shoes on a flight from Lisbon to Rome earlier this week.


After quarantining in her Capitol Hill studio apartment for the past two years, Maddy was delighted to finally resume travel again. She booked a European dream vacation with stops in cities she’d always fantasized about visiting.

A software engineer with a secret passion for roller derby, Maddy has amassed an unhealthy collection of socks that will no longer fit in her modest-sized dresser. Unfortunately, most people never get to see Maddy’s adorable socks because they are typically hidden under a pair of hiking shoes.

That is why Maddy always secretly looks forward to going through airport security – because it means she will finally get to show off her hidden hosiery. It is one of the reasons why she loves traveling so much. Maddy has racked up thousands of airline miles flying to interesting destinations all over the United States and couldn’t wait to finally jet-set around Europe as well.

In fact, Maddy purchased a brand-new pair of extraordinarily cute socks with winky cupcakes and rainbows, especially for her flight from Lisbon to Rome.

Unfortunately for Maddy, Europe’s relaxed airport security measures with regard to footwear caught her off-guard. As she bent over to unlace her shoes at the security gate, the agent kindly informed her that this was not required.

This was very confusing to poor Maddy – not only because she didn’t speak Portuguese, but also because she could not comprehend the idea of going through airport security without removing her shoes.

It just didn’t compute. “What’s next?” she demanded (quietly, to herself) “Knitting needles? Wine openers? Wine BOTTLES??”

After a moment of confusion, she decided to remove her shoes anyway.


This was a guest post by Katy Shaw from A Rambling Unicorn. Katy Shaw is a traveler, sock enthusiast, and blogger behind the website A Rambling Unicorn. She has spent the past 2.5 years traveling the world with a backpack that, unfortunately, severely limits her penchant for sock collecting.


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