So my roomate had bottle rockets in his carry on luggage

Indolent

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He flew from O'Hare, to London, to Ampsterdam, back to O'hare.

He didn't find them in his bag until he got home. He had his checked luggage randomly searched in one airport and his carry on searched in another. The search didn't find the bottle rockets. He also had matches (he thought this was legal for some reason) and the flight from London to Ampsterdam they let him take his lighter on the plane.

Besides the fact that he was extremely stupid for having them in there, and extremely lucky they were not found, this is kinda scary how easy it was for him to essentially carry explosives onto the plane. Don't they screne for these things?


*edit* I guess on this site it says you can carry on up to 4 books of regular safety matches. What purpose would this be for? Smokers can't wait until they get thier checked luggage before they have a smoke?
 
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Since 9/11 I've carried on all kinds of things (accidentally) that shouldn't be on a plane. I even carried on a bunch of screwdrivers in my lap top bag one time.
 

iamwiz82

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Originally posted by: Whoozyerdaddy
Since 9/11 I've carried on all kinds of things (accidentally) that shouldn't be on a plane. I even carried on a bunch of screwdrivers in my lap top bag one time.

And I was once pulled aside and serched because a sunglasses case looked suspcious.
 

notfred

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If it didn't run me the risk of getting arrested, I'd try carrying a gun on a plane by disassembling it first, just to see if I could do it. If you get a gun with a polymer frame, and pull the slide off it, it wont really look like a gun on an x-ray. I wonder if the people who operate those things would even regognize disassembled gun parts.
 

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My friend claims to have accidentally taken a BB gun modled like the James Bond Walther PPK on a plane. I'm not sure I believe him, though to be fair he does seem to carry that thing everywhere.

I myself have carried on small fireworks or pocket knives by mistake, and am always intentionally taking lighters with me.
 
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Originally posted by: kyzen
My friend claims to have accidentally taken a BB gun modled like the James Bond Walther PPK on a plane. I'm not sure I believe him, though to be fair he does seem to carry that thing everywhere.

I myself have carried on small fireworks or pocket knives by mistake, and am always intentionally taking lighters with me.

IBYFGS

(In Before Your Friend Gets Shot :p)

- M4H
 

purbeast0

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Originally posted by: kyzen
My friend claims to have accidentally taken a BB gun modled like the James Bond Walther PPK on a plane. I'm not sure I believe him, though to be fair he does seem to carry that thing everywhere.

I myself have carried on small fireworks or pocket knives by mistake, and am always intentionally taking lighters with me.

I highly doubt he carried it on ...

Unfortunately I wasn't so luckily accidently carrying shlt on the plane.
 

TitanDiddly

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I got a citation from the FAA for bringing a battery on board once. Bomb dogs and everything. Held up the plane for an hour.

The best part? I was completely legal.
 
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Originally posted by: iamwiz82
Originally posted by: Whoozyerdaddy
Since 9/11 I've carried on all kinds of things (accidentally) that shouldn't be on a plane. I even carried on a bunch of screwdrivers in my lap top bag one time.

And I was once pulled aside and serched because a sunglasses case looked suspcious.

LMAO... When I brought the screwdrivers on the plane I was carrying a laptop and another carryon packed full of crap. The guy I was traveling with wasn't carrying anything. T-shirt, jeans, shoes and a ticket. He got the TSA anal probe. I walked on the plane without a word. :D
 

ryan256

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Originally posted by: TitanDiddly
I got a citation from the FAA for bringing a battery on board once. Bomb dogs and everything. Held up the plane for an hour.

The best part? I was completely legal.


A battery?? wtf? Like a 9 volt or a lantern battery?
What were they afraid you were going to hijack the plane by threatening to stick he battery on people's tongues?? :confused:
 

Lash444

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I can top this story, easily.

I accidentally smuggled on 3 sabot shotgun shells on to a cruise line. Went through homeland security with them, ON MY CARRYON. Found them in my bag days later during the cruise. They came on board, along with the 4 liters of alochol that was also in my carry on. It was a duffle bag i had packed my clothes in when i went hunting in a side pouch that i rarely used.

I have the piece of paper where the head of security for the ship actually vouched for taking them so i could get them back when i left the ship. Rather than put myself in the position of explaining the situation i just left the $2 a piece shells with them.

Thats right, 4 liters of alcohol and 3 shotgun shells all in one bag. Funny thing is, the guy at the counter when I turned them in, asks me "You dont have a gun with those do you?"
 

TitanDiddly

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Originally posted by: ryan256
Originally posted by: TitanDiddly
I got a citation from the FAA for bringing a battery on board once. Bomb dogs and everything. Held up the plane for an hour.

The best part? I was completely legal.


A battery?? wtf? Like a 9 volt or a lantern battery?
What were they afraid you were going to hijack the plane by threatening to stick he battery on people's tongues?? :confused:

No, an SLA, like this: eBay link. I do admit, it looks shady. I had it hooked up (Safely, short-proof) to a automotive adapter for my laptop. Hey, 20 hours of runtime. Can't beat that.

Apparently, they thought it was a bomb, confiscated it, and lied to me about it being illegal.
 

boomerang

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I've been wanded twice on the same leg of the same trip. Once going through security and once at the gate prior to boarding.

I told them I felt this was overkill and they looked at me with even more suspicion.
 

sygyzy

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What's the big deal with carrying matches? What? You might use it to start a fire? Well you can also use a toothbrush to gouge someone's eyes out. The TSA needs to relax.
 

cirrhosis

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Who was that guy on ATOT who had his laptop searched for porn at Canadian customs? I laughed so hard reading that.
 

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I have a friend who travels occasionally. Without fail, they enter his luggage (remember, this is going to be stored AWAY from access) and remove the disposable blade from his razor.
 

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once in an airport in russia i was sitting on the floor waiting for our plane to board, looked over by the security screeners and the metal detector that you walk through WAS NOT PLUGGED IN!!!
gotta love russia.
 

BeauJangles

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Going through security in Copenhagen last summer I had two different pocket knives on me. They don't have very large blades (1.5 inches) maybe and I realized I forgot to put them in my checked bag. Needless to say I put them in the hopper with my keys and not a single person asked me a question.