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Old 18th Mar 2019, 12:37
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Chap and his girlfriend at CDG airport in Paris were just in front of us in the security queue and the staff saw something that they thought worthy of an open bag search. Out came a cat o' nine tails with a rather impressive rubber willy for a handle, followed by two sets of black-coated handcuffs, which the security lady took great delight in swinging around on her index finger as our new friends shuffled awkwardly from one foot to the other...
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 12:47
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I recall having a copy of a major UK airport's annual report some years ago. The chapter on security was accompanied by an xray of a suitcase containing a larger than life battery operated stimulator intended for female pleasure; question was, did the report's graphic designer include it deliberately or...
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 12:48
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I've often wondered whether the security people keep a "rogues gallery" of the many "interesting" items that show on baggage check X rays.

A certain SAR crew room in the far South West had an impressive display of photos of naked/topless sunbathers many years ago. All taken as practice with the camera when overflying beaches, gardens etc during the summer months.
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 12:53
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Explosion proof electronics housing for a gas flow meter from Schipol to Edinburgh. 10 inch diameter by 18 inches long, half in thick cast iron body with a lot of heavy stuff inside, all packed into a heavy duty wooden crate c/w rope handles. Weight somewhere in the region of 45kg....

We'd been out in the Hague using Shell's in-house full scale oil & gas flow test lab to develop a new all singing / all dancing flow meter to measure mixtures of oil, gas & water as it comes out of the well when we got a phone call to say that a client's meter had come off the truck on a highway taking it to site somewhere in south eastern Europe and having passed through a bridge support, the electronics were a little worse for wear, and as our unit was the only one left of that particular configuration, to get the unit off the meter body, and get it back to the factory PD f-ing Q...….

Net result, two of us break records stripping the kit down, while a taxi booked from the office back home sits with the meter running to take us and the unit to Schipol. We then turn up at the EZY desk and ask for three tickets for two people. After a lot of talking, chat back to the office and a visit from the airport security folks, they ended up "considering our crate to contain articles suitable for the carriage of cremated remains" to allow us to take it on the plane.
Thankfully, we got the shipping guys at Shell to put a hinge and lock on the crate instead of screwing the lid down, so it wasn't too much of a trial getting something that was largely impervious to the standard X-ray machines.
Elapsed time in getting a replacement meter to the Client - 28 hours.
Elapsed time in re-starting our tests - 9 weeks while we waited for a new head unit.
It's never any fun being at the low end of the food chain...….
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 14:05
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Was caught with a very dangerous instrument, a potato peeler, wanting to fly domestic CPH to AAL.

I had it unknowingly in my pocket, used it to peel carrots for lunch.

Anyways, presented with the dangerous item and asked if mine, said "yes", was then sternly lectured that if had done this in the US I'd have been arrested.

"OK" I said, and took it out of the hands of the security person, seemingly too astonished to react, pocketed it again, swiftly re-exited through the metal detector, ran to my car and deposited it there and went back and flew.

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A Swiss army knife, undiscovered on several flights. Blade approx 5 cm long. The knife was thought lost for half a year, only to be discovered in a backpack that I had carried on several flights around Europe and one to / from the US.
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 14:31
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Had a security fellow in Karachi airport become curious about my large snake-light in my carry-on. He had no idea what it was. Perhaps he sensed the sweat on my brow to poke even more. For inside the battery compartment I had planted a small piece of folded napkin with organic matted fingernail size scrapings of bird debris from a bird strike investigation.

I regained my composure and reach over and flicked the switch and thank God the light turned on and he handed it back to me.

The reason for the weird carry-on was to ensure that I could make it back home without losing such a tiny but critical sample of evidence without getting held up at customs etc.trying to explain everything
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 14:48
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Before 9-11, I was working as an International sales engineer.
I was a 'walking office' with all the equipment to operate wherever I might be.
I was relieved of my 'box-cutter' - a small Stanley knifeblade in a metal sheath that I used for cutting paper texts before glueing them into reports.
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 20:29
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We were queuing at check-in at MAN behind a large family with a lot of baggage plus one giant suitcase which took four of them to lift onto the conveyor. They were finally checked in, and as we approached the desk the chap behind it said he'd never seen anything like it - that family didn't like foreign food and were flying to Spain for a fortnight - the suitcase was filled with tinned food and they'd happily paid the 200 excess for it!
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 20:40
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Originally Posted by Gargleblaster View Post
A Swiss army knife, undiscovered on several flights. Blade approx 5 cm long. The knife was thought lost for half a year, only to be discovered in a backpack that I had carried on several flights around Europe and one to / from the US.
2 months Post 9/11 went to the US so Lon-NYC (paid respects) and then NYC-IAD-PHX, returned via Houston and then couple of flights across Europe in next 6 months, coming from weekend in Ireland got stopped at DUB and told something "suspicious" in luggage. Pointed to the side pocket and it was a bottle opener / small knife that clearly had been there a year or so as never used the pocket. Shocked, I just said where I had been, quick as a flash lady just smiled and said "Machines are great but it is always great idea in training people how to use them".

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Old 19th Mar 2019, 11:04
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As President of a national society in 1993, I had heavy gold chain of office, on which the name bars of previous Presidents were attached. This was solid black on the Xray machine, so they wanted to see it. They were duly impressed and I was sent on my way. Arriving in Frankfurt, I managed to drop my visiting card case. There was PA announcement for me to go to the BA desk. I got there as two enormous German Security men arrived: they both saluted and announced very respectfully 'Herr Prezident, you haf dropped your card case!' I thanked them and carried on. But on another occasions at Frankfurt they confiscated a 4 inch long double ended 4 and 6 BA flat spanner.........

At Nice, the security lady was very pleasant, but had never seen an insulin pen before......and had to get a supervisor to see if it was allowed in hand baggage! I also had a problem at LHR once when I had 150mL bottle of prescription medicine. It specifically warned on the label about not taking more than the stated dose, and I had the dose for the morning. The LHR security guy was insisting that I take some, which led to an interesting impasse until his supervisor took him to one side and pointed out that prescribed medicines were allowed.
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Old 19th Mar 2019, 11:24
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Does a nose gear leg count? It wasn't me, but the historic aircraft we operated developed a nose gear problem (centering cam had sheared off) and a replacement gear leg was sourced in the US. Another group member worked as co-pilot for a large airline, and he carried the replacement gear leg onto the aircraft, and stuck it in a corner of the cockpit during his next US-Europe trip.
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Old 19th Mar 2019, 11:55
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Originally Posted by Jhieminga View Post
Does a nose gear leg count? It wasn't me, but the historic aircraft we operated developed a nose gear problem (centering cam had sheared off) and a replacement gear leg was sourced in the US. Another group member worked as co-pilot for a large airline, and he carried the replacement gear leg onto the aircraft, and stuck it in a corner of the cockpit during his next US-Europe trip.
Would be an interesting conversation with a visitor to cockpit who asks "What is it" and then goes pale when you says "Its the nose gear for plane".
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Old 19th Mar 2019, 15:50
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I had to take an Aerospatiale Super Puma frequency adapter (main rotor blade damper) from Hong Kong to China. I was stopped by customs who wanted to know what it was.

There was a label that had the company's logo on which was a small helicopter. I used this to explain that as the main rotor rotates this frequency adapter dampens the blades tendency to go forward or back when the helicopter is in forward flight. In the hover it is..................................

At that point they stopped me and I was waved through.
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Old 19th Mar 2019, 18:11
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On a domestic vacation, I bought an older 400mm camera lens. Packing for the return, it was a tight fit in a standard carry-on bag (what with all the internal padding, socks, shoes, etc).

Fortunately, it could be unscrewed in the middle, leaving - well - two metal tubes about 8" long and 3.5" in diameter, with capped ends.

On going through the x-ray at EWR, that did get me a visit to the hand-search table, where the TSA guy stood back a little as I opened the case and took out the "pipes", uncapped them, and let him look through them.
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Old 19th Mar 2019, 18:29
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One trip from Dalcross to one of the London airports I only had a carry on with minimal contents. I was selected for a visual search then they insisted on it going hold luggage. As it was not full bastards managed to crush and break it. A new one was delivered 2 days later.
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Old 19th Mar 2019, 23:13
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Originally Posted by Gargleblaster View Post
Was caught with a very dangerous instrument, a potato peeler, wanting to fly domestic CPH to AAL.

I had it unknowingly in my pocket, used it to peel carrots for lunch.

Anyways, presented with the dangerous item and asked if mine, said "yes", was then sternly lectured that if had done this in the US I'd have been arrested.

"OK" I said, and took it out of the hands of the security person, seemingly too astonished to react, pocketed it again, swiftly re-exited through the metal detector, ran to my car and deposited it there and went back and flew.

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A Swiss army knife, undiscovered on several flights. Blade approx 5 cm long. The knife was thought lost for half a year, only to be discovered in a backpack that I had carried on several flights around Europe and one to / from the US.

Can't remember exactly when ( 2002 ?? ) but after the introduction of the stringent screening following 9/11 I was passing therough Geneva and after a thorough baggage search and pat down ( metal belt buckle ) I was a bit surprised to see that the famous Swiss Army Knives were still on sale in the Duty Free shops....
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 09:46
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Loosely related to thread title - at a local council tip chucking stuff into a big skip when a young bloke quickly walked up next to me, threw a large, new looking leather holdall in and quickly walked away. Thought nothing much of it, but a woman a few feet away clearly wanted the bag, so she hooked it out with a wooden pole.
On opening the bag she took out a few CD's, some car parts and... a huge rubber dildo. She threw it away like it was white hot and left immediately without taking the bag. I could barely breathe through laughing.
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 12:50
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I stood in line for boarding at London Luton a year or two ago. In front of me was a couple and the gent had a gym bag draped over his shoulder, which was emitting a buzzing sound. I pointed this out to him. Cue quick shuffle, an embarrased glance and a quick dive into the bag to quieten the offending article. He said it was his electric shaver....
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 13:13
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Originally Posted by aerobelly View Post
F-frame or space-frame? You could get a lot of (well some) contraband into an F-frame's frame.

'a . . . . with 4 F-frames & 1 space-frame.
Research (google) reveals it was an F-frame; basically what you see below:

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Old 20th Mar 2019, 22:59
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Hilarious.....well said...!!!!!
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