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11. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

I managed to get from Glasgow to Detroit via Amsterdam with a swiss army knife key ring. I didn't conciously realise that I was carrying it until I got there.

Outcast, I'm surprised you were allowed to take your knife with you! There was a story in the newspapers here about an elderly lady flying home from a visit to the States. She had bought her grandson a toy soldier, a sort of "action-man" type figurine. The security guards opened it and removed the gun - a little plastic 2cm gun from a toy soldier!

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 12, 2008, at 2:13 AM by mikeyBoab ]

12. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 8y

Hiyas, I've lost a spare rechargeable camera battery on an internal flight between Goa & Mumbai with JET Air... they opened my carry-on camera bag, pulled out the battery and asked what it was, then said they would have to carry it 'up front' and return it on landing, of course it mysteriously went missing on arrival... I harassed the JET ground staff and management until they signed a letter claiming they lost the battery so I could claim it back through insurance... the crazy thing is there was another battery in my camera at the time, it was never looked at, go figure?! Cheers, Joff.

13. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Outcast, I'm surprised you were allowed to take your knife with you!

It was on a ferry in Asia, not a plane, so I don't think they are so strict! :)

joffre's point about batteries are true too. I saw a customs man give a guy hell for a camera battery he had?! The guy would not surrender it (rightfully so in my opinion) and lost the plot with the customs guy. Completely berated him. In the end the security hustled together and let the guy through.

I understand penknives on a plane while on the person. Not in main baggage. Batteries I understand the concern. But it's a shagging battery. See how it plugs into my camera and works!

I got into grief once for carrying too many AA rechargeables I carry 12 on hand luggage. For camera's mp3 players. The nice, security lady said that many batteries were an explosive threat. OK. I get it. I will make a bomb with all my batteries. Tell people before hand no than four batteries then. Not at customs. Too expensive and difficult to replace, depending on where you are going. I promised never to do it again, and she let me through.

I also got grief over a USB flash disk I had on my key chain. The guy never saw one before. xrayed it twice.

What seriously peeves me about planes is the fact that I cannot take a nail scissors on board nor more than 100ml of liquid. Yet on board I can buy a nail scissors and buy a great big glass bottle of vodka. So next time a person goes berserk on a plane after cutting their finger on a 30 euro gold plated purchased on board nail scissors and then buys a giant glass bottle of vodka before smashing it over the head of the flight attendant who removed your camera batteries and then going on the rampage with the said glass bottle. I wonder who they will blame... me probably!

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 12, 2008, at 10:14 PM by outcast ]

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