Airport Security

Omagh, Northern Ireland
February 28, 2009 7:33am CST
Have you ever been through the security line at an airport and been told something in your luggage,whether you meant for it to be there,or just that it "happened" to get packed,wasn't going to be allowed any further? Would you allow it to be confiscated? or would you do something to get it home,or leave it at the airport? Share!
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 09
I went to the United States a couple of months after the 9/11 event and security was tight. Los Angeles Airport even removed its post office. It was terrible going through security because I didn't realize I had my scissors in my hand luggage. The security officers confiscated them. I didn't have any choice. I bought some cornflakes in Fiji that had been imported from Australia. I traveled on to Sydney next and saw warnings about entering the country with any food. There were bins for all food stuff to be got rid of. It felt strange throwing the packet of cornflakes away since they were produced in that country. There would have been a very high fee if I hadn't taken notice of the rules that were in place then.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
28 Feb 09
When I'm travelling,I'll usually have an airband radio with Me for something to do while stuck in the airport-For the first time EVER this week when going thru security at my departure airport,I was told I couldn't keep the radio in my hand luggage! (I COULD,However,have put it in my carry-on Luggage..) This was a problem,as I was travelling light with only the one carry-on bag this time..I had no way of packing it separately,(the ticket desk by this time was closed anyway!)and putting something small,pocketable and electronic on its own in the hold didn't seem like a good idea at the time,either..not to mention the extra cost to me,when I'd managed to avoid the airline's baggage handling fees,multiple bag fees,excess weight fees,and "Bag check in fees for when you don't check the bag in online before arriving at the airport"...I made the decision..Being a small regional airport (1 Terminal building,1 Departure area,Carpark close by outside..)I got my stuff back,went back out to the carpark,left the radio in the car,and in less than 5 minutes was bck in the security line again...but WHY with all the info on what you can and can't carry in whatever quantities doesn't the list mention radios?!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
28 Feb 09
I shouldn't type while underslept after an early start...I could have put the radio in my (Extra cost) Checked Luggage going into the hold..if I HAD any...!And what would be the point of having an airband radio at an airport you were travelling through only to pack it in your luggage where you won't be seeing it until on the baggage carousel at the far end of your Journey?!
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Last summer I traveled to Myrtle Beach with my family. Unfortunately my fiancee did not go on this trip with me. One of the souvenirs I bought him, I accidentally packed into my carry on bag. My main concern was keeping it from breaking, the thought never crossed my mind that I wasn't going to be aloud to take this past airport security! As I went through, they took me aside and searched my bag. I had no idea what was in there that they were going to confiscate. The gentleman pulled out the blue crab salsa that I purchased for my fiancee. I was sooo upset because I struggled to find my fiancee a souvenir and when I finally found this, I knew he'd love it. The man let me take it back to see if the airline would put it in my bag. Luckily they found my sister's luggage and packed it inside. I'm just really lucky it didn't explode in her bag - I don't think she would've been too happy with me. haha
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Mar 09
Glad to hear you managed to find a way to bring your souvenir back with You!
28 Feb 09
I've never been stopped because of something in my bag - I have had been stopped to be searched but, other than that no objects that are not allowed! I don't even bother with any liquids at all now in my handbag and travel really light for the aircraft as it is just easier! x
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
2 Mar 09
That was Plan A for Me too..save money on online bag check-in fees,so no luggage in the hold,just bring a carry-on bag with the bare necessities for a couple of days and a security tolerable washkit...and then they refuse my radio.. could have been worse..they could have confiscated it! The funny thing is,I bought my last radio in an airport shop!
@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
28 Feb 09
When my dad and I traveled to Canada, my dad had a nail-cutter and a small scissors on his carry-on bag. We already had checked-in our luggage, so there's no choice but leave it confiscated by the security.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
1 Mar 09
It's always the little things that get you...I deliberately left my little nail clipper behind after giving my nails a trim the night before..They got me on the trip back with my bottle of water,though..It was still in my bag going through security,as the plane had landed late before it's turnaround,and it was close to the posted departure time before they put the gate number up on the board..so I was in a hurry,and they were going through the bag before I realised I could have done with a drink of water..I asked the checker "Can I drink that?"...She said "Sorry,no,no liquids are allowed in the security area" then threw it in a bin beside her! GAH!
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
16 Apr 09
I was stopped once on the way from New Mexico to New York. I knew I hadn't packed anything that was not allowed. Though stilled a bit embrassed I realized it had to be one of my soveniors. Sure enought it was a keychain that they said looked like a knife. It was only an American Indian Head. They of course let me keep it and kept going. As for the liquids when visiting my parents I sent them a little box ahead of time of my toiletries. I'm traveling once again in a couple of weeks and will just by the stuff when I get there. Plus I travel with just one bag on the plane. I lost my luggage when I first travelled when I was eighteen and lost everything. I'm now 52 and have never checked my luggage again.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
17 Apr 09
You've been travelling light ever since that episode?! wow...doesn't that cramp your travel plans at all? or do you just travel Internally in the US?
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
17 Apr 09
Not at all I roll my clothes in a duffel bag and I'm good to go. I don't have to worry about my luggage getting lost or arriving at another airport. It's totally stress free. It works for me because I'm not high maintenance.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
8 Apr 09
I already knew that the airport post office was closed due to high security in Los Angeles Airport after the 9/11 event. I forgot that I had scissors in my hand luggage and those got confiscated. I didn't have any option to get them sent home. I am more careful about my packing these days so that I don't have any nasty surprises going through airport security. The liquids rule is very strict nowadays.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 09
That would be useful,having a post office or international courier service counter available close by so you could do SOMETHING with the items you didn't want to lose,like stick 'em in a jiffy bag and post it on to your destination or home,whichever worked out better for your needs on the trip..