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Thread: Airline Travel With Quilting Supplies

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    Hello, Everyone!

    Just got home from a trip to South America and wanted to give fair warning to anyone attempting the same trip.

    I had prepared some applique for the ten airplanes we were scheduled to fly in thirteen days. The second time we went through Lima, Peru, they threw away my cute little polka dotted handle scissors. They were less than three inches, which complied with American flight restrictions, but in Lima, they allow absolutely no scissors and they ceremoniously throw them away, despite your begging and pleading. They will not allow to pay to have them shipped to you or put them in your checked baggage.

    The irony is that it was the second time we went through the same security, so I guess it depends who is on that day.

    So, to say I didn't complete any applique on this trip is an understatement.

    They also threw away our toothpaste, sunscreen and hand sanitizer because it wasn't in a zip lock bag.

    Hope any of you planning to travel in South America can benefit from our experience!
    Carole Henell
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    I'm sorry...Sounds like your screener was having a bad day.

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    Often times it is just who you get doing the screening.

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    Like many people who have control of others they feel they are right, no recourse for the other side. Not fair, but thats the way it is, sorry to hear of all your problems.

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    I travel a lot internationally for work and I usually take needlepoint or cross stitch. For the plane, I take a daisy cutter and I've been to at least 10 different countries including Peru and Brazil, and never had a problem. http://www.amazon.com/Clover-Thread-.../dp/B001DEJM8I i have both sizes one for yarn and one for floss.

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    Sorry to hear about your misfortune. I have never had a problem like this.

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    I take nail clippers instead of scissors. They haven't questioned them yet.

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    That is terrible that different security people can interpret the rules differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin
    I'm sorry...Sounds like your screener was having a bad day.
    Sounds like they wanted some cute little polka dot scissors...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyBaby
    I travel a lot internationally for work and I usually take needlepoint or cross stitch. For the plane, I take a daisy cutter and I've been to at least 10 different countries including Peru and Brazil, and never had a problem. http://www.amazon.com/Clover-Thread-.../dp/B001DEJM8I i have both sizes one for yarn and one for floss.
    This is what I take and have no problems!

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    Yeah, and I know an old Granny who had her yarn bag and #8 hook confiscated---they were afraid she was going to crochet an Afghan.

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    I wish they had a universal rulling for all airports instead of having to learn the individual countries rules.

    Returning from China they kept our hand santizier because it had too high an alcohol content. It was a little 2oz container inside a ziplock bag. I guess a person could start a fire with hand sanatizer with aloe vera.

    And even if you bought a bottle of water after the screening area they took it away from you when you boarded the plane.

    In the US, I had a screener attempt to take my less then 3" scissors with a rounded edge and mostly plastic, it only had a little bit of metal along the edge. I pulled out the rules I had printed and a tape measure (don't we all carry a tape measure in our purse?) to show the screaner that it was less then 3" and had a rounded tip-so why are you wanting to take my scissors? He let me keep my scissors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity-crafter
    I wish they had a universal rulling for all airports instead of having to learn the individual countries rules.

    Returning from China they kept our hand santizier because it had too high an alcohol content. It was a little 2oz container inside a ziplock bag. I guess a person could start a fire with hand sanatizer with aloe vera.

    And even if you bought a bottle of water after the screening area they took it away from you when you boarded the plane.

    In the US, I had a screener attempt to take my less then 3" scissors with a rounded edge and mostly plastic, it only had a little bit of metal along the edge. I pulled out the rules I had printed and a tape measure (don't we all carry a tape measure in our purse?) to show the screaner that it was less then 3" and had a rounded tip-so why are you wanting to take my scissors? He let me keep my scissors.
    This happened to me with a very small pair of PRE-School scissors with very rounded ends and made of plastic. I tried to talk to the person in security but he held up my scissors, touched the "blade" and, hesitating for a bit, finally said "very bad".... the guy couldn't speak English!!!! My daughter bought me the clover cutter for my later trips, but I kept it in my purse, not on my body, so it wouldn't attract attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity-crafter
    I wish they had a universal rulling for all airports instead of having to learn the individual countries rules.

    Returning from China they kept our hand santizier because it had too high an alcohol content. It was a little 2oz container inside a ziplock bag. I guess a person could start a fire with hand sanatizer with aloe vera.

    And even if you bought a bottle of water after the screening area they took it away from you when you boarded the plane.

    In the US, I had a screener attempt to take my less then 3" scissors with a rounded edge and mostly plastic, it only had a little bit of metal along the edge. I pulled out the rules I had printed and a tape measure (don't we all carry a tape measure in our purse?) to show the screaner that it was less then 3" and had a rounded tip-so why are you wanting to take my scissors? He let me keep my scissors.
    This happened to me with a very small pair of PRE-School scissors with very rounded ends and made of plastic. I tried to talk to the person in security but he held up my scissors, touched the "blade" and, hesitating for a bit, finally said "very bad".... the guy couldn't speak English!!!! My daughter bought me the clover cutter for my later trips, but I kept it in my purse, not on my body, so it wouldn't attract attention.

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    Be aware that other count rise are far more stringent than the U.S. When it comes to airline restrictions!, as much as it is a pain(and I am very vocal when angry)things such as scissors, nail clippers, matches, lighters and knitting needles are a big NO. Can't amuse myself except music, reading and computer games. Only thing that will make it thru are the small cutters and needlepoint. Mexiconis particularly stringent. Freedom from worry means a price and much as I hate it, it is a price I'm willing to pay (other than that nasty e ray machine gizmo that sees everything!).

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    A friend came from Indy to NC and on her way back they took her rotary cutter and seam ripper out of her checked bag. I thought if it was checked, it was ok. Not like you would go into the hold to get them out and use them. I agree that they don't need to be in your carry on but in the checked bag. I think that was over the top!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann L
    A friend came from Indy to NC and on her way back they took her rotary cutter and seam ripper out of her checked bag. I thought if it was checked, it was ok. Not like you would go into the hold to get them out and use them. I agree that they don't need to be in your carry on but in the checked bag. I think that was over the top!
    That's wrong. I'd report it just to see what would happen. It was checked, it shouldn't have been taken.

    I've been seeing a lot of reports lately where the baggage screeners have been arrested for stealing stuff.

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    oops double post

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity-crafter
    Quote Originally Posted by Ann L
    A friend came from Indy to NC and on her way back they took her rotary cutter and seam ripper out of her checked bag. I thought if it was checked, it was ok. Not like you would go into the hold to get them out and use them. I agree that they don't need to be in your carry on but in the checked bag. I think that was over the top!
    That's wrong. I'd report it just to see what would happen. It was checked, it shouldn't have been taken.

    I've been seeing a lot of reports lately where the baggage screeners have been arrested for stealing stuff.
    She did and hasn't heard back from them. Go figure!

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