L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1696 posts, RR: 9 Posted (15 years 12 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 884 times:
Saturday, I was going through security at the Marine Air Terminal at LGA to board a Delta Shuttle flight. Two children, ages 9 and 10, who were travelling with me, had purchased keychains with penlight flashlights on them at the Empire State Building as gifts for their parents. The security agent took them away from the children, saying they could not take them on the plane. After I protested, the agent agreed to let the kids take them aboard as long as they stayed in our carry-on luggage and we promised not to take them out on the plane. They didn't look anything like weapons, just regular flashlights with key rings attached. Is this going too far or what?
Mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (15 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 884 times:
In the US it's going too far but I understand that due to your country position in the World.
The bad thing is that you never know when you're going to have a security agent with good maners, polited or a security agent who can't argue and just keep saying "no, because no".
We better be ready for everything.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9600 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (15 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 884 times:
Perhaps he was worried they might have been those trendy laser pointers which can dazzle quite badly if shone into someone's eyes. There have been stories of idiots shining them into the eyes of car drivers with potentially fatal results. They've also been used to distract soccer players by supporters of the opposing team.
If that was his reason then it shouldn't have taken much of his brain power to work out if they were ordinary torches/flashlights.
SashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 884 times:
Securities are strict over there, eh.
Once, my friend and I were flying SVO - LGW and during security check-up they confiscated my friend's lighter that was purchased just prior to the flight and resembled a hand-grenade (well, that's Russia, you know...). After a short inspection the "grenade" was returned to him but he was told to keep it hidden on-flight.
On another occasion, I flew A-310 from Yakutsk to Moscow (the same flight on which I based my "Stewardess Getting Wetter" msg), and one man during the check up turned out to have a handgun. Dunno which make and what caliber, but looked like a gun anyway :). The securities decided to separate the "couple" for the duration of the flight, so the man flew on his seat, while the gun was lucky to get into pilot's flight deck. It was handed to the captain, who returned the gun to the owner after the landing.