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What you forgot to take out of your suitcase that made it through security

What you forgot to take out of your suitcase that made it through security

Oct 20th, 2006, 02:53 AM
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I'm not sure if this counts, but I think it may be even worse . . .

I'd already gotten through security and was sitting at the gate -- when I realized I had someone else's carry-on bag! We'd accidentally switched bags on the shuttle bus! Luckily, there wasn't any contraband in the bag. I can just imagine saying, "But I swear it isn't my bag -- that I just put on the conveyor belt . . .!"
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Oct 20th, 2006, 03:06 AM
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OK, so I'm a tad off subject here, but want to share a scary and infuriating incident: Flying home from DC on Monday, I witnessed a TSA hold up a full bottle of Dasani water. A woman holding a baby said, "Oh, that's mine." The TSA said, "Ummm, it's for the baby, right?" and winked dramatically. The woman hesitantly said, "Uhhh, oh, yeah, right" and laughed as the TSA put the bottle back into the tray.

I felt so very secure....
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Oct 20th, 2006, 03:11 AM
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BEWARE of buying certain items on your plane ride home such as perfume or liquids.Especially if you have to go back thru a scanner to connect with another flight. Be sure to pack in your shipped luggage after passing customs. maamtoo
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Oct 20th, 2006, 03:29 AM
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I went to Europe a few years ago and had a pair of finger nail clippers with the fold out knife. On one of the last flights of the trip, security at the Montpellier airport caught them and took them away from me before boarding the Air France flight to Paris.
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Oct 20th, 2006, 05:29 AM
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These both happened to DH post 9/11.

His cigar lighter (wind proof) was confiscated on his flight home, not his flight out.
He found his box cutter, complete with extra razor blades (We use this bag for camping too.)in his bag after he got home, same trip!
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Oct 20th, 2006, 05:53 AM
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Two weeks ago my friend and his wife flew to DC. The wife had a pretty major swiss army-type knife in her purse. What is so unbelievable about it is that they not only put the purse throught the normal x-ray machine, but they searched the interior of the purse with a flashlight. The purse lining was black and the knife was black, so they missed it. Again, makes you feel safe, huh?
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Oct 20th, 2006, 07:35 AM
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In December 2001 I flew from Geneva to Nice and my little pink Swiss army knife keychain was confiscated. Two months after that my husband and I were flying from Geneva to Nice and he had a giant killer type Swiss Army knife in his backpack and the security guy asked after the x-ray, "Is that a Swiss Army Knife?" And my husband said yes...and they just let us go on with it! And back!

As for water...I was home visiting family last month and had my water confiscated at Logan while waiting in line to have my bags checked. Then I get through the line, my bags are searched, my shoes are scanned, etc., and what do you think they sell in the Newstand? Dasani water, Coke, etc.! So much for security at Logan.
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Oct 20th, 2006, 08:25 AM
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This is pretty harmless compared to other posts, but in September of this year I went on vacation to Czech Republic. In my small purse I had a one-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer. I totally forgot it was in there. My jewelry set off the alarms in MSP airport, but once I removed my necklace I was fine. In Amsterdam I had totally forgot about the necklace incident, and it set off the alarm again. I had an EXTREMELY thorough pat-down, where no female hands had ever gone before, but no one ever looked through my purse, and it went through the scanners without incident. Actually it wasn't until I got home when I realized - Uh oh. I wasn't supposed to have that much liquid with me.
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Oct 21st, 2006, 10:45 AM
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I guess it was before you time--a lid is an ounce of grass. (I assume you know what grass is?)
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Oct 21st, 2006, 10:52 AM
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I bought a grinning demon like figure in a market on a trip from Cuzco (Peru) and only later found out it seperated at the teeth, with a blade hidden in the head area. The bottom half could have been used as a dagger to stab someone.
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Oct 22nd, 2006, 11:59 AM
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I flew back from Zanzibar to Heathrow via Nairobi and Dubai a week after this summers security scares with my first aid kit in my hand luggage containing a glass bottle of iodine, an aerosol of antiseptic liquid and a pair of tweezers. I went through 4 or 5 security checks and noone noticed!
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Oct 22nd, 2006, 12:08 PM
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My story, from another thread:

"Personally, I lost faith in the security system in June 2003 when I forgot about the pocketknife I carry in my purse until I discovered it while in a San Francisco hotel room. The knife was entirely made of metal - handle too - and was not hidden in any way. [It also had a corkscrew in addition to its several blades.] Hmmm. Troubling.

I said to myself "I should mail that home," then promptly forgot about it again until I was cleaning out my purse several weeks after the trip. Hmm.

Frankly, if they can't find that, my lip gloss is the least of our worries.

As someone recently said, "When mascara is outlawed, only outlaws will have mascara." "
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Oct 22nd, 2006, 12:20 PM
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Marko- if you have to ask you don't need to know.

artlover- you are funny!
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Oct 22nd, 2006, 12:23 PM
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Maybe you can help out on the "Old Coots Coffeeshop" question?
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