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Old 11th Nov 2021, 16:58
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On the LHR-IAD flight on Tuesday, the lady in the row in front was knitting for most of the journey. Bearing in mind that knitting needles are sharp and could be used as offensive weapons, how did she get through security with them?
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Knit one, slip one through security?
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Old 11th Nov 2021, 17:03
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On a previous flight, I've had a biro taken off me at airport security because it could be used as an offensive weapon to stab a person. When I protested, was told I would not be allowed to go through security to the aircraft.
Didn't stop cabin crew handing out biros on the plane to complete a survey though

At some point, we have to decide what risks we will accept in life
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Old 11th Nov 2021, 17:35
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I used to work at a very busy single runway airport in the South East of England, the tower was airside. Just after 9/11 and all the increased security measures, a member of airport security came into the rest room and started to remove all the metal knives and forks from the kitchen area.

I politely asked him what he was doing”Tower is airside mate, no sharp items allowed airside, it’s a security risk”

ok I replied”However if said terrorist manages to run across the two live taxiways, and gets through the security doors, I think he may just bring his own weapons, and not request to borrow one from our kitchen.

security man left!
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Old 11th Nov 2021, 17:54
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It is always confusing as to what is/isn't allowed in the cabin, but on looking at the list in the link above, knitting needles would't be such a good weapon to most people simply by the way you'd have to hold it. I've heard of hikers travelling light having their telescopic walking sticks confiscated from their hand-baggage. You are allowed bring a lighter into the cabin as long as it's in a clear plastic jiffy bag.....
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Old 11th Nov 2021, 19:35
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And of course the glass bottles from duty free…
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Old 11th Nov 2021, 20:04
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Knitting needles are allowed, which always seems a strange one but actually they aren’t ‘that’ sharp in the grand scheme of things.
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Old 11th Nov 2021, 20:52
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A manager I used to work with told me the following story.
He was sent to America on a buisiness trip whereby awards were handed out. Best manager, best employee that sort of thing.
He won an award which was a Handgrenade mounted on a wooden plinth.
When he was comming home through customs the airport security man pulled out the handgrenade on it's plinth and asked what it was?
Manager explained it was an award to which the security man asked "How do we know the grenade is safe?"
Manager replied, dunno, lets see and duly pulled out the pin. Both stared at the grenade in silence. After a suitable time had passed the security man said,
"Guess it's safe". Placed the grenade back in his luggage and waved him through.
This was before 9/11 but kindof ammusing.
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Old 11th Nov 2021, 21:18
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Sort of like Alec Baldwin shooting someone dead on a movie set with a prop gun that he was told was safe?
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Old 11th Nov 2021, 21:24
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Hand grenades are simple "Just pull the pin out, and throw it".
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Yabbut I need more than 100ml of Pepto-Bismal to handle the grot they're gonna serve on my 18 hour flight.
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I always remember a story on here about an airport policeman going airside, putting his handcuffs, truncheon, CS spray, taser, gun and lunch through the x-Ray machine and afterwards they gave him back the handcuffs, truncheon, CS spray, taser and gun back but confiscated his yoghurt because it was dangerous.
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Old 12th Nov 2021, 00:53
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Sad to say most security personnel do not have any 'discretion', their instructions are clear.. no sharp objects and this includes knitting needles. What I find ridiculous is not allowing kids to bring their toy guns. I understand that there are some replica guns that look almost like the real thing and could be used as a threat but a bright green toy gun? This was common in KUL where I worked for a while.
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Might do in some parts of the world but the OP was on a flight out of LHR and the instructions issued by UK Gov are quite clear: knitting needles are allowed in hand luggage……
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Old 12th Nov 2021, 09:06
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I recall having nail clippers confiscated not long after 9/11. 10 minutes later I checked out the security of the vicious fire axe in the cockpit
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Security is boring, very badly paid work

Like policing in general the staff often over-react as it's the only thing of interest that may happen all day - and if they can start a row its even more interesting for them.

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A friend had her small gold brooch stopped ‘because it was gun-shaped’.
Perhaps the machine does not recognize size?

Things I have carried for years in my hand baggage can be called out quite suddenly and seemingly randomly.
I guess staff get tired of being judge and jury all day long and the lines turn fuzzy.
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Once went through CPH security with my daughter who had a whole arsenal of knitting needles with her. All fine, we even asked the friendly staff about it and were told knitting needles are allowed. She then forgot her phone there, which we then called and they were kind to answer it and tell us in which lane it was.

Once got caught in the domestic terminal there with a potato peeler in the pocket of my jacket. Had used it to peel carrots at lunch and had forgotten all about it. He confiscated it and told me that in the US I would have been detained for that. I said ok, took it away from him, walked back through the metal detector, out to my car where I deposited it and came back ! You should have seen the gaping look on his face. Hilarious ! Well, it had a slightly pointy tip, but I think the crew would have wet themselves from laughter if I had attempted a highjack using it.
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Old 12th Nov 2021, 11:33
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I think several volumes could be written about security staff. The morons are a minority but unfortunately they are the ones which remain in your mind. To be honest, on the whole I find the majority to be professional, polite and cheerful. There's always the odd one at almost every airport who will let the side down with their ignorance and attitude. They are the ones we remember!
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Certainly nothing they should get crochety about.
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