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Old 20th Mar 2019, 23:57
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Was asked to bring a round cutting blade for the cook's electrical bread and cold cuts slicer, when on my way to a ship. Made for some interesting conversations at security checks.
Was also stopped at NAIA in Manila and asked to open my checked in suitcase which mysteriously arrived with a big white X.
They immediately dug out a 1 kg block of Norwegian brown cheese. Looked like Semtex they said. Much hilariousness ensued, but they refused to test a sample.
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 07:56
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a 1 kg block of Norwegian brown cheese. Looked like Semtex they said. Much hilariousness ensued, but they refused to test a sample.
Too right. Nasty stuff!
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 08:50
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Too right. Nasty stuff!
Jarlsberg?

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Old 21st Mar 2019, 08:58
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I can't remember any detail except a BBC comedy, bag search:

cosh, knife, hacksaw, mask: nothing suspicious here Sarge

Or words to that effect
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 09:11
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My son has some of those shoes with flashing heels. Flying from Italy when he was about 3, we clearly gave the security people kittens when they saw his shoes were full of batteries and wires.
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 09:46
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Over the years I have had a good few unexpected experiences with hand luggage.

I had taken in my briefcase a 10" circular saw blade to work to get sharpened in the tool room. Back it came and it was in an envelope on my desk and was place in my briefcase. There it stayed for at least 2 weeks and two flights from BHX to Germany. In the third week on my way back I was asked to open my bag by a kind person at Dusseldorf and the saw blade was taken out. I was told that I had to declare this at the gate which I duly did, I was informed that the captain and purser had to agree to it being on board so I was taken down first on to the plane and explained that I was an idiot and had left it in my hand luggage for a couple of weeks and had forgotten about it. After sizing me up they declared I was not a maniac and went down to my seat, along came the purser with a bottle of champagne and said just relax. After such special treatment and priority boarding I did think about keeping in my bag for another few weeks! These days I would be locked up.

I travelled once with a colleague who was a Major in the TA who, after a live firing practice, had been handed back an extra live round that had missed being booked back in. He only found this when he looked in his briefcase after we had arrived in Belfast having passed through security on our outbound flight. We then had the dilemma of what to do with this live round in the middle of Northern Ireland during the troubles. That was the same trip we got taken on a ride through the nicer parts of Belfast by a black cab whilst being interrogated by the driver and 'a mate' who jumped in to the taxi as we stopped at a red light, fair to say we were crapping ourselves as we drove across waste ground near the Falls Road. This was just a few months after the two army lads had been taken off in a black cab and murdered.

My small steam locomotive always used to raise a smile as I went through BHX and I would be called on to explain, in those days there was always a railway enthusiast close by and we would chat about steam engines or they would call over another one of their number to show what this idiot was transporting as hand luggage. In Italy no one batted an eyelid.

I've stopped transporting strange stuff recently but did get stopped with two bags of white powder in LTN last year. Flux for silver solder from which a sample was put through the machine and was declared safe. I did once fall foul at FRA with of a block of marzipan which was taken out and prodded until I ate a chunk off the corner, similar looking to plastic explosive I was told.
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 09:57
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Originally Posted by radeng View Post
But on another occasions at Frankfurt they confiscated a 4 inch long double ended 4 and 6 BA flat spanner.........
If you were trained at Yatesbury as a Boy Entrant, that wouldn't be a problem.

One of our early workshop missions was to make one!
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 20:18
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a 1 kg block of Norwegian brown cheese. Looked like Semtex they said. Much hilariousness ensued, but they refused to test a sample.
Gjetost? Tastes more like fudge than cheese. Nice in small doses.
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Old 21st Mar 2019, 21:37
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Used to take Talyvels (an electronic pendulum to measure tilts to a fraction of a second of arc) around the world.
Once I was asked when it had last been calibrated - reason for the interest was that customs official's SiL had just been made redundant from his calibration lab.
Another time, after explaining the function of the device (with switched off/centre zero meter), the customs official said, "Hey, my desk is pretty level then!"
Or maybe the time, as a young and penniless engineer during currency controls, when customs checked my wallet, found it empty (as normal), and marched me off for a thorough search for concealed sterling.
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 03:59
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Jarlsberg?
Nope, as mentioned above "geitost", goat cheese, but this one actually made from cow milk, boiled and caramelized. An acquired taste.
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 09:22
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Not exactly hand baggage but in the 1970’s carried the Sheik of Qatar on a VC10. He had bought the entire First Class Cabin for himself and his servant whose job was to hold his Falcon!

A very large bird of prey with a hood over its head sitting on this mans arm.

Now that’s what you call bizzare hand baggage....
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 10:50
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Originally Posted by VP959 View Post
I've often wondered whether the security people keep a "rogues gallery" of the many "interesting" items that show on baggage check X rays.
Not now, but it used to happen. You could just manually screenshot and highlight an area and it would be saved to only that machine's memory / gallery. Most machines would have a rogue's gallery of dildos, firearms, grenades, I've even seen a person in a bag.
Now the machines in one search area are all interconnected to a central database where all images are saved automatically for a set period and then overwritten. An operator can save an individual image indefinitely but the archive is highly regulated and audited and the image needs to have been selected for a good reason, whether for genuine training value, or evidential purposes or similar. Gone are the days of the rogue's gallery of sex toys and amusing / embarrassing stuff.

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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 11:52
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Came through La Rochell airport a few years ago with a plastic bag containing 6 knives. They were obvious on the screen but the person was too busy feeling my leg (artificial knee) to look at the screen so just handed me the bag containing the knives. Still got the knives, Laguiole steak knives.
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 13:56
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Funfly, I am sure we have all seen the camera operator busy talking to colleagues and looking at the same time.
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 14:04
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Originally Posted by vctenderness View Post
Now thatís what you call bizzare hand baggage....
Wot no Carrion...
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 14:06
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Originally Posted by funfly View Post
They were obvious on the screen but the person was too busy feeling my leg
So you clearly invested in one of those operations for er enhancement
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 14:31
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Originally Posted by vctenderness View Post
Now thatís what you call bizzare hand baggage....
Or rather Buzzard hand baggage...
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 16:44
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We have a talon for puns on this forum, unless the eagle-eyed mods spot them...
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 17:01
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Was it a BirdSeed VC10
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Old 22nd Mar 2019, 17:10
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Oh well to keep the bird theme going, around twenty years ago I saw two live chickens in the overhead bins of a DC9 (I think- maybe an MD by then) on a flight from Iloilo to Manila. Trussed up in a bamboo basket and were better behaved than the average child on an aeroplane.

No one batted an eyelid, except me.

And don't get me going on internal China flights in the 1990s. If you can imagine it, and it would fit, it was in a hat rack at some time.

Mrs Anxiao remembers a petrol shortage in Kaduna, Nigeria in the 1990s. The obvious solution was to ship it up from Lagos in 5 gallon cans, neatly stowed in the baggage rack of the aircraft.

We live in different times, thankfully.
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