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What Has The TSA Taken From You And Why?  
User currently offlineSirDeath From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 88 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7781 times:

I've stated in some previous threads that the TSA has taken a vast array of things from me in the name of national security and given me usually shaky explanations. I was wondering what everyone else has had taken from them. Here's my list and reasons:
$900 Mont Blanc pen (liquid ink and it could be used as a weapon)
sandwich with "too much" mustard ON THE SANDWICH (mustard is a liquid)
one dozen jelly doughnuts (contain liquid)
steel-toed boots (a weapon)
sport coat (buttons had "sharp backing" and were heavy, and considered a weapon)
a rotary telephone (it looked too much like a "suspicious device" and TSA couldn't (read as wouldn't) figure out how to disassemble it without destroying it)
cupcakes (frosting is a gel, and you can't just scrape it off)

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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7757 times:

Absolutely nothing!! Big grin

Of course, I don't fly that often.


User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7755 times:

My dignity and American pride....oh wait, that was GWB. They've stolen my hard earned tax dollars and squandered it away to pay for their over priced services.

User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7757 times:

They opened up my toiletry bag after my carry-on went through the scanner.

They confiscated my practically-empty tube of toothpaste. However, they let me keep a large, full bottle of contact lens solution. They said that contact lens solutions were now permissible, but good lord, it seems totally inconsistent from a security perspective.

Another time I had come straight from a wedding, and had a corkscrew in my carry-on, with an engraving of the date and my friends' wedding. That was not permitted, though I can understand.


User currently offlineNational757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7750 times:

Nothing. Luckily I know how to read and use the internet to view the items I can and cannot bring on board the aircraft. I always check anything questionable to avoid any problems with the screeners. Haven't had any problems as of yet (knock on wood)


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User currently offlineJlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7733 times:

My desire to fly. It is not worth being yelled at, insulted and generally disrespected, in order to be allowed to fly.


JLB54061
User currently offlinePhoenixflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7728 times:

Not something they took away but something they should have; I accidently packed a full VitaminWater in my backpack. I meant to just put it on my backpack when packing but it slipped in and I forgot about it. I went through security without a problem.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7676 times:

They took a water bottle from me back in the winter when I flew from LAX to LHR.
Then I cant remember anything more.



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7665 times:

Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 2):
My dignity and American pride....oh wait, that was GWB. They've stolen my hard earned tax dollars and squandered it away to pay for their over priced services.

exactly how I feel.



"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7637 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7651 times:

Is there any way to check that goods seized have been passed on rather than pocketed by the TSA Agent concerned.

User currently offlineSiege2L From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7605 times:

Departing FLL, a small travel-size SEALED bottle of Scope mouthwash ( because you never know when you sit next to a cute seat mate you want to converse with ) was confiscated because I did not have a ziploc sandwich bag to place it in. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND IS GOING TO THINK ABOUT BUYING A PLASTIC BAG WHEN ON HOLIDAY. I opened the mouthwash, consumed, cleansed my palate, and dispensed the breath of fresh air into their small trash can just beside the conveyor belt. I made my point and wished the TSA agent a pleasant work day with my uber-fake smile that you would get in Los Angeles.  Smile Thank God for the DL Crown Room with fully-stocked bar.  Smile

Departing LAX, red-eye ( which means many departures south-of-the-border with many many many pax at security ) Terminal 6 CO flight. I had a pair of furry handcuffs. I was bringing it to a bachelor party as a gag gift. TSA said this is forbidden on the plane. I kindly asked if the TSA agent would ask his supervisor to let me take it onboard. The TSA agent waived the furry handcuffs high in the air and yelled across 6 security lines, ' can this pax take these onboard?' TSA Supervisor said 'no'. TSA agent in my line said, 'sorry to ruin your plans' - and looked at me as if I am some sort of slut. Can you imagine the embarrassment? I board my flight walking through the aisle and noticing the knowing gazes and quirky smiles. I think just about the whole plane knew what was going on. How's that for an E!True Hollywood Story???

Departing EWR, tweezers. Gentleman, it is about being well-groomed, not perfumed.

Lastly, departing DCA. Zippo lighter - vintage. To all you fellow smokers out there, do you feel my pain?

SIDE NOTE: Rock-the Vote. You have the power to change this dictatorship we now call the USA. You have the right to be informed. Educate yourselves. Vote.

Thank you all for letting me rant. These days, I just enjoy our beautiful sunny California weather and have hope for the best. I wish every member on this forum all the best in your travels with all sincerety.



Flying higher than over your dreams...
User currently offlineCommander_Rabb From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 771 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7584 times:

Quoting SirDeath (Thread starter):
Here's my list and reasons:
$900 Mont Blanc pen (liquid ink and it could be used as a weapon)
sandwich with "too much" mustard ON THE SANDWICH (mustard is a liquid)
one dozen jelly doughnuts (contain liquid)
steel-toed boots (a weapon)
sport coat (buttons had "sharp backing" and were heavy, and considered a weapon)
a rotary telephone (it looked too much like a "suspicious device" and TSA couldn't (read as wouldn't) figure out how to disassemble it without destroying it)
cupcakes (frosting is a gel, and you can't just scrape it off)

I don't belive you. Especially the Mont Blanc Pen. Sorry but I just don't.

Rabbit


User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1046 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7582 times:

not TSA, but we have similar folks over here as well. Had a little glass of Wachauer Marillenmarmelade (special Austrian jam) in my bag as a gift for a business partner. Day trip without checked baggage. Of course they took it from me. Its ridiculous but the rest was even more so. I asked if sausages would be allowed. Answer: if its a hard one!!

well boy, would you care to feel... Big grin



I exchanged political frustration with sexual boredom. better spoil a girl than the world
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21534 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7567 times:

At LAX T4 they forced me to check a bag because it had an ethernet/telephone terminator crimping tool that was .25" longer than the maximum length of tool you are allowed to board with. This tool had no cutting edge, and I had the other parts with me and I took the tool out and placed it separately on the belt so they could see it, but no, it was .25" too long.

So I had to check the bag, which of course meant an extra 30 minutes waiting at MIA hoping someone hadn't stolen anything out of my carryon, since MIA is notorious for such acts. But luckily, though it was last to come out (and had a priority tag on it, thus assuring it comes out last at Florida airports...), it did arrive in one piece.



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7554 times:

Quoting Commander_Rabb (Reply 11):
I don't belive you. Especially the Mont Blanc Pen. Sorry but I just don't.

Rabbit

I completely agree with you.


User currently offline764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 624 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7548 times:

What:

Dignity
Happiness
Patience

Why:

Who in the world knows?

 Wink


User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7520 times:

In Australia - two jars of Rosella Jam (native Hibiscus - the petals go to make jam - delicious!). I went under gels and condiments section.

NG1Fan


User currently offlineBigJimFX From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7507 times:

I had a pocket knife and cigar cutter (confiscated I guess) from my checked luggage. Which is interesting because I flew there with them without a problem. The kicker is... The pocket knife was a gift from my grandfather, who's funeral I was attending. When it didn't make it back with me I logged a complaint. TSA replied that they would reimburse the "fair market value" Whats the "fair market value" of a 60 yr old heirloom?


I'd like to thank me for flying Me Airways...
User currently offlineAirlineAddict From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7452 times:
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My wife has had two TSA approved bag locks taken in New Orleans by check-in baggage screeners.

Her bags were "inspected", but the locks were not returned.

[Edited 2007-09-20 14:14:20]

User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1567 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 2):
My dignity and American pride....oh wait, that was GWB. They've stolen my hard earned tax dollars and squandered it away to pay for their over priced services.



Quoting Siege2L (Reply 10):
SIDE NOTE: Rock-the Vote. You have the power to change this dictatorship we now call the USA. You have the right to be informed. Educate yourselves. Vote.

I love it how we get attacked by terrorists and somehow it's the fault of the president that we have to take extra precautions to keep these kinds of acts from happening again. Any president man or woman, Democrat or Republican would be forced to act to make our travel "safer" in our eyes. We all want to go back to the days where we can carry anything onto the airplane or have anyone go to the boarding gate but unfortunately, it was Osama bin Laden and Al Qaida that took that away from us, not the president.



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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7424 times:

Brand-new, unopened jar of JIF Peanut Butter (it's classified as a gel).

Brand new tube of toothpaste that was 5oz instead of 3 (forgot I had it).... when I then squirted more than half of the tube into the garbage right in front of them, they said it still wouldn't be allowed.

Otherwise, all other times I sail right through with my gels/liquids under 3oz in my Ziplock bag  Yeah sure


At EWR, they don't pay any attention to the gel/liquid thing...have been through several times... they never ask, they never look at the bag... nothing.

At BMI, and other small airports... Barney Fifes scrutinize everything down to your bodily fluids... there can be only 3oz or less of urine in your bladder, or your frisked and handcuffed.



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7354 times:

Aersol glass cleaner on 2 separate occasions , taken out of my checked baggage. Once with a note,once with a scolding in SEA. Was also told that 'the authorities' would be visiting my residence upon my return home. I told them 'come on by,I'de love to talk to them' . To which I was given a dirty look. Now can anyone tell me why you can bring aerosol deodorant in a checked bag,but not glass cleaner for my glasses??


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineKstatepilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7308 times:

Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 2):
My dignity and American pride....oh wait, that was GWB.

This is an aviation board, not a POLITICAL BOARD!! If you want to debate politics, feel free to send me a message and we can debate this all day long. but not on here!

Quoting DTW757 (Reply 19):
love it how we get attacked by terrorists and somehow it's the fault of the president that we have to take extra precautions to keep these kinds of acts from happening again. Any president man or woman, Democrat or Republican would be forced to act to make our travel "safer" in our eyes. We all want to go back to the days where we can carry anything onto the airplane or have anyone go to the boarding gate but unfortunately, it was Osama bin Laden and Al Qaida that took that away from us, not the president.

Nicely said.

Here is my story:
After taking a Beech Sundowner to California, I was getting on a plane back home. I was tagged with SSSS. When I got to the security checkpoint, the screener opened my flight bag. He noticed that I had approach plates for half of the U.S. He interrogated me about why I had these. Even wanted to take them from me. Had to get the supervisor and show them my pilot's license to keep the charts.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9635 posts, RR: 68
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7299 times:
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Two brand new Nintendo DS intended as Christmas gifts for my children.

User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1913 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7267 times:

all sorts of stuff from toothpaste to sunscreen.

it's certainly insane beyond words.



They're not handing trophies out today
25 PacNWjet : What were the reasons given for confiscating these? People bring millions of electronic devices onto airplanes every day, from cell phones, to laptop
26 SkyexRamper : There is a definite line between national security and treating people like humans instead of lame dogs. I was simply answering the question...take n
27 Zvezda : They left a scanning wand in my carry-on when they zipped it up after searching it. When I discovered it and returned it, I was nearly arrested.
28 Jkj777 : Pride, dignity, and a lot of my time......as well as a few more unnecessary heart beats. other than that, nothing.
29 Clickhappy : They were in check-in bags with TSA locks. When I got home the locks were still intact, I had a "we screened your bag card from the TSA (complete with
30 Jnj561 : You can always tell now when they inspect your checked bags - they stopped leaving a card inside the bag and instead keep my TSA locks.
31 JFK69 : My wife is Diabetic so she always carries a childs size juice box of Apple Juice. This past trip in SEA, the TSA were giving her a hard time about it,
32 SirDeath : You may not believe the pen bit, but it unfortunately is quite real. Due to my fat hands and writing style, I use fountain pens with fairly fine point
33 Beeweel15 : Well the TSA agent eyed it for his/her kids and it is an easy way to steal. You can buy those behind the security check point with TSA approved musta
34 Robsawatsky : A pair of scissors accidently left in a carry-on bag. Other than that, the TSA has only taken the intagibles of civil rights and liberty. What happene
35 Post contains images 3201 : Are cupcakes and sandwich on that internet list you read? SirDeath -- next time, check all your questionable foodstuffs to avoid problems with the sc
36 Post contains images 3201 : Apparently they were just trying to help us lose weight as a country, by denying us our doughnuts and cupcakes. No one wants to be allowed to carry "
37 Zvezda : It's completely obvious that the testing shows the TSA are less effective than the pre-9/11 private screeners. Even to people who don't understand th
38 Post contains links Sh0rtybr0wn : They're trying hard to help , but much of the time they confiscate really dumb things. If a terrorist group really wanted to take down planes, they wo
39 SirDeath : I just think this "Zero Tolerance" mentality, results in dumb as a brick "thinking" since things which obviously aren't a threat (maybe in the case of
40 Post contains links Yfbflyer : That's pretty ironic considering the only "successful" bombing of a commercial airliner with liquid explosives was done with a bottle of contact lens
41 Rogerbcn : Hola! When I arrived to SEA last Christmas the border agents took my bags, emptied all, went all through my sweaters, shirts, pants, underwear.... emp
42 113312 : In November, 2001, they insisted on taking a clear, ziplock, bag containing soy powder shake mix. I had been carrying this continuously from August of
43 Jeffry747 : At RNO they would not let me take on two SEALED cans of Dr. Pepper. Personally I don't see how unopened soda cans can be much of a threat considering
44 Post contains images Afterburner : They shouldn't allow women with breast implants! The implants contain liquid/gel.
45 Post contains images Greggarious : My dignity, because of Richard Reid. Also, an Orangina (admittedly, my own fault, but still!!!) Fortunately, my love of airports and flying remain int
46 N710PS : My dignity. I had my crew ID and went through security at CVG to go home to NY one morning. I never pay attention to my boarding pass and as a non rev
47 Alfa75 : So that's not ok..... but this was ok? Make up your mind.
48 Alfa75 : Don't airlines recommend to not check electronic devices? I don't trust the TSA or baggage handlers with my battery chargers.
49 N710PS : I do not check bags. EVER. If I need to fly I carry on though in our family of carriers we arer elidgeable for reimbursement.
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