What *can* you bring onboard?

With the current strict policies regarding carry-on luggage, forums are buzzing with questions: “Can I bring this, can I bring that?”

The TSA has a nice long list of the permitted and prohibited items. Basically, you can bring your corkscrew, 4″ scissors and gel-filled bra in your person or in your carry-on. And according to this article, you can also bring in a buzzing vibrator down your pants.

My question was this: are the security checks really any more effective? To find out, I decided to re-enact the classic scene from the 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap, where bassist Derek Smalls puts a foil-lined cucumber down his pants, which is picked up by the security wand. Only I decided to go one better, by putting a buzzing vibrator down my pants.

The first round of security was the woman (always a woman) who checks your boarding pass and ID. She made sure the picture on the ID matched my face, then handed it back. “Enjoy your flight,” she said with a smile.

“I am already,” I said, smiling back.

Next I went to the belt, where I emptied my pockets, emptied my bag, took off my watch, and took off my shoes. The only thing they didn’t ask me to empty was my intestines, but that’s next year. Just before I went through the gate, the portly young woman on the other side, who I thought might find the stunt funny, was replaced by a surly old guy who looked like an ex-Marine.

“Oh no,” I said to the vibrator.

It’s a very funny article, go read the whole thing!

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 3 Comments
  1. bchai says:

    Ah, the security checks are heightened, for sure. We passed through w/out any problems, but they do go through everything. I was a little upset that I had to throw my hand lotion away b/c I can’t survive w/out it. However, they did allow me to bring my chapstick.

    You know what sorta pissed me off? I got selected for a “random” security check (the hubby didn’t) & had the pleasure to have some woman put her hands on my body, but it wasn’t too bad.

    Wanna know something else? The five people selected before me were all of different nationalities (Asian, Middle Eastern, etc.)…& none of them were Caucasian. Maybe that was coincidence, maybe not.

  2. nina says:

    *raises eyebrow*

    When I was waiting in line for the final check at the Bangkok airport, a new lane opened up. From the 1st line, about 9 of us transfered to the new lane. The first 5 people in the line was a group of moslem men dressed in their traditional robe and prayer cap, with minimal or no carry-on. Yet their check took longer than the others. (It was so bad I moved back to the previous lane)

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