If you’ve ever tried to get through an airport security checkpoint with an undeclared tube of toothpaste or a half-empty bottle of soda, you’re likely already familiar with the look of ire that flashes acros the Transportation Security Administration agent’s face.

What do you think happens when you pack a 25-foot trapeze setup in your carry-on bag?

The TSA might slip sticky notes with smiley-faces on them into your bag, apparently. Take it from Allison Williams, who owns a circus company and travels with her gear — including, that’s right, massive bullwhips.

Interested in reading more? Check out the delightful and insightful New York Times story!