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Old 16th Mar 2019, 14:21
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Most bizarre items in hand luggage.

I have to confess to carrying some extra large fir cones, in a carrier bag, gathered by Mrs BBE from an overseas trip. I knew they would raise eyebrows because the change from the bored look on the X Ray security woman was hysterical. I watched as she suddenly woke up, reversed the conveyor belt and called her colleague over. They both stared at the screen in disbelief - I still think they thought were handgrenades - and, surprise, surprise, I was called over for further investigation. There was much laughter by the staff once I opened up the bag to reveal the actual contents.

An an old friend of mine that worked at Heathrow said she found a small bathroom sink, complete with taps, that looked like it had been just ripped off a wall, when she searched one individual.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 14:32
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If it fits in the overhead and is legal, it will be carried

I've packed some some stuff like Kevlar armour patches with spent bullets of all calibers embeded in it as well as, fresh 2-kilo lobsters for gifts.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 14:44
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Someone will shellfish that they had not thought of the idea.
How much did it cost: a couple of squid?
Little mussel is required to lift into the over head locker.
Surprised the airline hasn't a claws in a transportation contract.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 16:58
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I once travelled with a chap from Dowty, returning from some trials work. He already looked a bit suspicious, as he was wearing a long, black, leather coat, like the one Herr Flick wore in 'Allo 'Allo! His "hand luggage" was some used trials kit, consisting of cylindrical metal bits plus loads of coiled up wire, stuffed into a plastic carrier bag. To say it caused a bit of consternation during the security check is a bit of an understatement. He got pulled in to a room to be interviewed, then asked them to get me to vouch for him. They wouldn't let him out until I'd got hold of the company he worked for and got his manager to speak to them (the security people didn't trust him to ring his boss for some reason).
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 17:14
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In 1979 we were driving prototype trucks from the UK down to the south of Italy and back.
Something broke (I don't recall just what) so a part was packed into a crate which was fitted with rope handles and a couple of guys flew out with the crate as 'hand baggage'.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 17:15
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I once took an (electric) chainsaw as cabin /hand luggage. OK it was a long while ago and there was no 240v power available in flight etc. etc. but amusingly it wasn't on the list of banned items back then.
Made sense to me as it would have been my only item of Checked baggage.

Cabin crew had however been alerted to this situation and 'kindly but firmly' said they would look after it in-flight . .
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 17:46
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In the days when luggage was hand searched, I had a daughter at college down south, and was frequently "caught" ferrying items of female underwear in my brief case.
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We used to carry a large metal stationery box, double padlocked with 'special ' diplomatic seals. Technically it wasn't hand luggage as it had its own seat.

The seals were special as the FCO fastened them in such a way as they've appeared sealed but weren't. In return to LHR a stroppy customs officer insisted on looking inside. The courier, equally stroppy would not let him nor tell him what is was. The courier was locked up until a senior customs who had clearance arrived. The magic chalk worked like the magic seals and he never even looked.
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A friend of mine (Australian) married a German girl and they have lived in a variety of places as ex-pats, whilst maintaining a home in the granny flat attached to his parents home in Australia and frequently visiting her family in Germany. As such, they have everything they need already in both Australia and Germany; climate appropriate clothing, toothbrushes, even a fully equipped workshop in Melbourne.

Typically on trips home from postings in Europe and Asia, he carries his laptop and not much else.

On one trip home from Cardiff, Wales, he was carrying the laptop as his only hand luggage, plus a large suitcase containing a 9" angle grinder and a small child's push bicycle (timber, with no pedals) for his 4yo nephew, and nothing else. He said security were perplexed, trying to figure out what he could possibly have hidden in his otherwise empty suitcase.

On another trip, from Australia to Germany, he took a couple of yellowbox logs from the family farm to show father in law that real firewood really would last all night. (Imagine trying to bring firewood INTO Australia!) Apparently instead of burning them, his father in law put them in his wood lathe!

On a recent trip home from Saigon he was refused boarding because he was carrying several packets of welding rods, (and, as usual, not much else) which some deluded security person decided were flammable/explosive. A different security person didn't even raise an eyebrow at them when he boarded the same flight the next day.

I carted 30kg of prototype car window winders, load cells and other instrumentation in my luggage from Melbourne to Adelaide in early 1997 for testing in pre-production VT Holdens at the GMH plant in Elizabeth. On the return trip, I picked up a Moulton bicycle frame in Port Adelaide to bring it back to Melbourne for a friend.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 18:24
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Originally Posted by DType View Post
In the days when luggage was hand searched, I had a daughter at college down south, and was frequently "caught" ferrying items of female underwear in my brief case.
That's your story and you're sticking to it.

I've brought back rocks from abroad, (they make handy door stops). Marble from Carrara, polished black volcanic rocks in the shape of kidney beans from Gran Canaria.

I always seem to be stopped by customs, it's my swarthy looks. My geology collections amuse customs officers.
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I brought a rock back to the UK from Yugoslavia. We were on a sailing trip and my 11 year old daughter found a sandstone rock in the water that had been used as a colour palette by an artist or something. It had four brush stroke on it in different colours and was an absolutely beautiful bit of 'found art.'

When we were unpacking after emigration to Canada I asked my wife if she had seen it,
"Oh, I threw that silly thing out," she said

Haven;t forgiven her yet!
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I was stopped going through security at Boston years ago because i had a ball bearing assembly in my hand luggage. There was a huddle of security trying to decide what to do. They eventually let me through with it (it was a counterfeit part, strangely).

Mrs and I were connecting at Frankfurt when she got pulled by a stern faced female German security guard. Her crime? She was carrying an iron and it had set off the metal detectors (this was before the days of scanners).

I carried a satellite tv decoder in its box as my hand luggage on an lhr-txl flight once.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 19:07
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Originally Posted by BehindBlueEyes View Post
I have to confess to carrying some extra large fir cones, in a carrier bag, gathered by Mrs BBE from an overseas trip.
Surprised you didn't get asked to declare. One of the ways invasive species get in.

I don't hear it anymore but travelling to Ireland they used to make the standard statement that is you had been on a farm in the UK you should let Customs and Irish Dept of Agri official know.

SMWBO spotted baby food abroad and claimed it was cheaper than UK for same brand. We lugged prob 50 tiny jars home, in UK supermarket it was 1-2 pence dearer.
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On our truck convoy through Italy, the trucks were loaded with concrete blocks in metal stillages (the usual load carried by the test vehicles).
The blocks were smooth, white, and specially crafted.
Entering Italy, the customs were perplexed as to why we were importing 'marble' to Italy.
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I remember reading that a few years ago the delightfully wholesome and butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth Kylie Minogue was found to have a pair of pink, fluffy handcuffs in her hand luggage when she passing through Heathrow Security....
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 19:33
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A full sized cast-iron Singer Sewing Machine. It just fit within the size limits on BA, but good job there was no weight limit!

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Old 16th Mar 2019, 19:48
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Originally Posted by nonsense View Post

On the return trip, I picked up a Moulton bicycle frame in Port Adelaide to bring it back to Melbourne for a friend.
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.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 19:52
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In the early 70s our armament officer on a military flight back to
​Cyprus had acquired a BL755 bomblet, inert i am told. He realised this might cause a bit of a problem with the RAF Police so he asked the movements officer of she could take it through for him. When he boarded, there in his seat was a shoe box with his bomb.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 21:39
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
In the early 70s our armament officer on a military flight back to
​Cyprus had acquired a BL755 bomblet, inert i am told. He realised this might cause a bit of a problem with the RAF Police so he asked the movements officer of she could take it through for him. When he boarded, there in his seat was a shoe box with his bomb.
Given the reputation BL755 had for having a large number of UXBs (typically around 30% - I know of two chaps killed trying to mark them after a BL755 drop on a soft target) I wouldn't be too sure that it was inert! Rumour had it that during the early trials, when there were even larger numbers of UXBs, Huntings were offering a bottle of Scotch to any ordnance disposal guy who recovered an intact UXB bomblet, so they could find out why it hadn't gone off. I believe that, in the end, the percentage UXBs was turned into a selling point, as quietly publicising it enhanced its area denial effectiveness...
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