LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13421 posts, RR: 16 Posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4609 times:
What is the strangest or most unusual item you have ever seen as a carry on pax item? In another thread a poster told of pax on a TLV-LAX flight carrying carved out ram's horns used in some Jewish ceremonies. Perhaps an unusual cultural item, or musical instrument, personal item. Come on out there, must be some some winners out there
OzLAME From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4585 times:
I recall an interview with a pole-vaulter in which the vaulter said her pole was placed in the aisle as carry-on luggage. Also although it really isn't carry-on luggage, the book Destination Disaster (about the Paris DC-10 crash in 1974) described how the Landing Gear Pins for the a/c were placed on the cabin floor and flew with the a/c as THY didn't have pins at all of their ports.
Monty Python's Flying Circus has nothing to do with aviation, except perhaps for Management personnel.
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4571 times:
You might think I am joking but I was amused at the check-in queue for China Airlines at SFO. A chinese couple had this very large cardboard box. There was a barney and the cardboard box was opened and found to contain a washing machine. From what we were told, they wanted to take the washing machine on the aircraft as hand luggage!
I did notice that other people in the China Airlines queue did have lots of luggage, particularly large electrical appliances. Is this normal?
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Pope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4558 times:
I was a juror in a lawsuit that involved a man trying to carry a 4 foot tall concrete lawn ornament (approximately 120 lbs in weight) in the cabin of a CO flight from Houston to Atlanta on Christmas 1992.
When the man showed up on the plane, the FA said no way. The guy had a hissy fit and yelled at the FA. The captain came out, and stated that there was no way that the piece was going to fly in the cabin.
The lawsuit concerned the passenger's allegation that the confrontation before the flight was the reason that the FA allegedly bumped his arm during meal service purportedly leaving him permanently disabled.
Trial lasted 5 days. Deliberations lasted 5 minutes. Not liable - let's go home.
HorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 808 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4542 times:
Well, when I was going through security one time, I noticed that
the woman in front of me was having a little trouble getting through.
She was wearing a $50,000 metal hat!
It was huge, feathery, metal, yes, she really thought she'd get
through with out a glitch! NOT!
Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3781 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4511 times:
I forgot to mention, one time when I was flying home after the holidays, about 8 years back, BNA-STL-CDG-CPH, My coat pockets were packed with FIRECRACKERS! I forgot they had been there since new years, and I made from one continent to another with nobody noticing. I'm thinking that is TSA caught me now, I'd be taken out back and shot...
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
SK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4362 times:
It is not uncommon to see passengers with car parts as cabin baggage (such as bumpers) for flights leaving to LOS/ACC/KAN/ABV.
Also saw a passenger with a turtle as PETC, although not officially allowed, the captain gave is approval to take it on board. The (small) turtle was not known as endagered species.
FlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2037 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4325 times:
hahaha...In 1993 or 1994 (i cant remember), we were in the Darwin Airport. My mom wanted to have a box of frozen cocodile meat (of course there was ice inside) back to SYD. It was really huge (about 50 x 40 cm) and heavy foam box. I thought Qantas wont accept to ship our foam box to SYD but they allow us to carry it on the plane.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11939 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4312 times:
Going back a few years to pre 9/11 I made a radio controlled swamp buggy for a school project, though it would be fun trying it out in our pool in Spain so I carried it as hand luggage LHR-BCN-MAH. Made of plastic, and had several hand made circuit boards in it, so I'm sure today they would take one look at it and say no thanks!
Couple of other cabin pieces that have made me look daft were a very large lampshade, about 15 inches across, IB F/A's let me hold it on my lap from MAH-BCN-LHR, and on the next return trip I took the lamp itself carved out of wood and about 2ft tall. Got some very funny looks!
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727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4289 times:
Probably not too unusual, but I flew HNL-DEN-BIL for my wedding a year ago and much to my chagrin my wife insisted on carrying her wedding dress. FA's happily hung it up for us, but guess who got stuck holding it while waiting in for the connection in DEN!!! On the return to HNL we carried aboard several bottles of fine french wine we had received as a gift. We asked the FA to stow them in the closet... Turns out she was french, and had lived near one of the vineyards. She told us (jokingly) the wine was absolutely unauthorized and she would have to confiscate it immedieately.
Ruger11 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4271 times:
haha this is hilarious! Last week I was in Madrid, headed to Lisbon on Iberia. Guy in line has a big trophy, we were laughing quitely about it, and I made the joke that it was a chess trophy cause he wasn't too big. It WAS a chess trophy... and even worse, it was a 2nd PLACE chess trophy.
pretty funny. Oh and on the return flight (coming through lisbon from Sal, Cape Verde We had two large girrafe wood carvings, as well as a semi nude woman and an elephant carved.
Cirrostratus From Italy, joined May 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4246 times:
A couple of nights ago my father-in-law was telling me how a friend of his took a rocking chair onboard years ago. I think this happened in Singapore.
Three years ago my father managed to smuggle an illegal, smokable (sp?) substance on an international flight, Canada to Italy. He was coming to Italy for my wedding and didn't want to be without his usual supply I suppose. I still wonder how he did it.
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