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Strangest/most Unusual Carry-on Pax Item?  
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13864 posts, RR: 17
Posted (11 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 5353 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  biggrin 

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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3185 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5348 times:
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On a flight to TLV or from TLV, I don't think thatd be too unusual. Its a shofar-- and is used in religious ceremonies, especially the high holy days.


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3933 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

I took 3 machetes on my carry on bags from BZE-IAH-ATL-TRI back in May 2001. I'm suprised they let me get away with that.

User currently offlineOzLAME From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 5329 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.
User currently offlineFlyboy1980 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2003, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5318 times:

When I worked for Air NZ, on a flight IVC to CHC (Invercargill to Christchurch), a man came on with a Swede.

Not that unusual u might think, but this wasn't someone from Sweden accompanying him. A Swede is a type of root vegetable, like a giant turnip (about the size of 2 fists).

He came on, popped his vegetable in the overhead locker and sat down.

I wondered why he had to bring it with him - you can buy them all over NZ.

User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5315 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?

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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3799 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5312 times:

I read on the "conditions of carriage"-note from KE that all swords have to be declared and checked, and under no circumstances carried in your carry-on luggage. Thought that was pretty funny...


Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3831 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5312 times:

A friend of mine took a Gaggia Espresso maker as hand luggage on a NCL-LHR flight

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User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5302 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.

User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 808 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5286 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!


Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5265 times:

My mom got away with a box cutter once on two flights without anyone knowing, even her. We flew LAX-DFW-CLE with it. Then on our way back from CLE- they caught her with the box cutter.

User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3799 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5255 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.
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5251 times:

Live chickens in a basket placed on the seat next to me: flight was Aeroflot-Uzbekistan AN24 from Tashkent to Bukhara  Wow!

don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineFreedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 days ago) and read 5233 times:

I don't remeber where I was flying to, but I had two cat's sitting next to me. I think the women actually paid for an extra seat for her cat's.


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5150 times:

Legend has it that on some Puerto Rico-bound flights, a passenger was having trouble hanging his unusually heavy garment bag. When the f/a offered to help, it turned it to be a dead body.

Urban legend?

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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5143 times:

There were several people, each carrying a large plastic bag full of pupusas on my last flight SAL-GUA.

Ok, I'll confess I was one of them...  blush 

Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

I have had one guy with a black cooler type bag with frozen fish inside. I asked him what do with them he said well incase I get hungry I can make a snack while we fly  yuck 


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User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5106 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.

User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5087 times:

A woman bought a Hula-hoop on my F9 flight from DEN to BNA Thursday night, they had to check it becuase it would not fit in the overhead, she got upset....just bizzare she got it through the TSA!

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2041 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5069 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.

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12169 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5056 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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User currently offlineSQNo1 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5053 times:

I carried onto the aircraft once a nice, brand new rice cooker!

With Reagrds,
Alex B.

User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5033 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.

User currently offlineRuger11 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5015 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.

User currently offlineCirrostratus From Italy, joined May 2005, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4990 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.

25 Post contains images Meerkat : A friend of mine recently had to bring back a toilet-seat from BKK-HKG for another friend over here. Apparently it was some fancy Thai design...can on
26 BAxMAN : In the same part of the world, I had the chickens plus a scraggy, old, white goat on a HY flight from Nukus-Tashkent on a rickety AN24. All baggage (
27 Soups : On a flight to lagos from beirut seen people taking ironing boards, car windscreens, fruits (like apples, grapes). on a flight to beirut from ACC saw
28 UsAirways16bwi : a few years back, my mother carried on a christmas ham on a JAX-PHL flight. she said she was holding it in her lap the whole flight.
29 Atco2b : Stretchers! With passengers strapped to them. Quite a sight actually...
30 Jeremy : Never seen anything too strange up top, but I loaded a grocery shopping cart on a WN flight one day. The Passenger was going IND-MDW-OMA.
31 COrocks : In '98 on a flight from Africa to the US I was allowed to take a disassembled spear on the plane. Of course would not be allowed now post 9/11. On a f
32 USAFHummer : I took a duffel bag full of packages of 9 ounce plastic cups on a flight with me recently...I like drinking from them, but can't find them in Boulder
33 Swisskloten : Mate, this is Aeroflot. When you fly them, stuff like that is the NORM! I'd be laughing my ass off if that happened on my flight!
34 Targqul : Carried a Mining Transit and American Transit (surveying equipment) that my Great Grandfather used in the early 20th century from AZO-CHI-PDX. These t
35 Squirrel83 : This may not be weird but onetime a lady had a Crystal Ball in a Acrylic case ABQ-IAH.
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