View Full Version : Security (again)

Red Comet
25th Sep 2005, 11:53
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:40 pm Post subject: Only in America


newsletter published by the AirFinance Journal.
Gotta love it.

And finally
Before deploying from Savannah, Georgia, to Iraq
by a chartered airliner; the troops of the 48th
Brigade Combat Team, a National Guard unit, had
to go through the same security checks as any
other passengers. Lt. Col. John King, the unit's
commander, told his 280 fellow soldiers that FAA
anti-hijacking regulations require passengers to
surrender pocket knives, nose hair scissors and
cigarette lighters. "If you have any of those
things," he said, almost apologetically, "put
them in this box now."

The troops were, however, allowed to keep hold of
their assault rifles, body armour, helmets,
pistols, bayonets and combat shotguns. Makes sense to me..


25th Sep 2005, 13:15
Did the ammo go by freighter, or was it in the hold......

As you say only in America.....


25th Sep 2005, 13:17
and don't forget the belt

life a bitch then you fly


25th Sep 2005, 14:13
I don't believe that...pls tell me it is a joke!

Check 6
25th Sep 2005, 15:19
When units deploy to Iraq, they fly via chartered air carrier. They carry their unloaded weapons, but their ammo does not go with them.

They do not turn in their scissors, etc.

This is an internet based "urban legend."

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

25th Sep 2005, 16:02
You try getting on a Vickers Funbus from BZN with a pair of nails scissors and see how far you get. Snowdrops on a power trip again.


26th Sep 2005, 23:21
Check 6, it's a real one (for once). You can read the original here:


26th Sep 2005, 23:40
Check 6, this is not urban legend. At RAF Lyneham, we were going abroad and we were not allowed to have our aircrew knife on its flying suit attachment and they could not cope with our life preservers/miniflares etc. FACT!

Greek God
27th Sep 2005, 09:10
On the way to dustier and warmer climates the plods at Brize were insistant that our weapons were put through the X ray.
Er Here Reg there's something hidden in this Walther!!!
Smile & Nod

28th Sep 2005, 11:31
I have personally on two occasions when deployed by air in what was called 'fighting trim' - ie all tooled up to deploy directly from the aircraft - had to walk through the metal detectors and put my SA80 and belt kit through the X-ray machine when emplaning.

The whole thing lights up like a christmas tree - pointless pedantry at its best.

28th Sep 2005, 13:18
Nope, not an urban legend.

The same thing happens at most US bases in the hot and dusty places, and it doesn't matter if it's a charter or mil flight.