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New Security Regulations

Tue Apr 23, 2002 2:27 pm

With all the heightened security regulations for air travel these days, does anyone know if you are still allowed to carry a Tennis Racquet on board??

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RE: New Security Regulations

Tue Apr 23, 2002 7:43 pm

OH my god!!! He has got a club!!!!

As you can tell I doubt you can, not because of a specific rule, but the little hitlers running the screening points will make up what they want, when they want to.

Give you an example. If you saw Saving Private Ryan or any old war movie you have seen them pull the dogtags off of a dead soldier, Not over the head but by breaking the chain. Those chains are maid to do that so you can get them off a body quickly, The are cheep version of those little chains that they use for some light switch pulls. They are made to break.

But not to the security person, He seized one of the chains from an Air Force guy because they could be used to strangle somebody....HA HA HA. The chain would break. He also seized the dog tags, because this guy thought he was cool because he had those rubber silencers that some soldiers buy to but on them. Keeps them from making clinking noises as a trooper on patrol walked.

The screener insisted that he seize the tags themselves because those little rubber edges must actually be there because the edges of those dog tags are sharp and could be a cutting instrament.

There are just idiots running the screening program.
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RE: New Security Regulations

Tue Apr 23, 2002 11:21 pm

I've never heard them called little Hitlers before, but that is a great way of describing them, L-188. I also have serious doubts that they'll let you carry it on.
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RE: New Security Regulations

Tue Apr 23, 2002 11:37 pm

Are you all kidding. Do any of you actually work at an airport? Tennis rackets and golf clubs are allowed by the TSA. I see them go on all the time. Please remeber however that they do count toward your carry-on limit. I've seen tennis rackets and briefcases and huge garment bags and all sorts of extra bags brought up and the passengers wanted to know why they had to gate check something. Use your head, and don't bring anything that isn't nessasary on the plane. Its as simple as that.
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RE: New Security Regulations

Wed Apr 24, 2002 12:00 am

So TSA will allow golf clubs but not nail clippers? I wonder which one could do more damage. If I were to attack somebody, I think I'd rather have the golf club or tennis racket as a weapon rather than nail clippers. Hmmm.....
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RE: New Security Regulations

Wed Apr 24, 2002 7:30 am

Yes. I do work at an airport actually.

Thank god for 135 operations. Things are still halfway normal there.
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RE: New Security Regulations

Wed Apr 24, 2002 7:38 am

Yeah, I like the strangling policy. I have nowhere ever seen anything banning anything that is long and "could be used to stangle....so here's my little story.

Back in Dec, flying out to Colorado to go skiing in Vail. In my backpack, I had a little pocket ski-lock. its about the size of a wallet and it has a small little cable that recoils inside, so you can lock you skis to a rack when you go in the lodge or whatnot. The cable is similar to the tiny cables you will see in places where they cable-lock computer equipment. More worried about having nail-clipper in my bag, even though I've flown numerous times since Sept, I didn't even give this item any thought about being dangerous. So, I clear security in DTW fine, pass a "random" gate check of my bag in ORD on American. So, on the return, in Vail (EGE), their lack proper xray equipment for carry-on screening so they search everyone's carry-on's. Well, that little ski lock caused a lot of problems for them, they didn't like it. The sheriff is standing right there talking to me as this is going on, he's a skier out there, he goes, "Cool, I need to get one of those. If only more people would use those, we'd have to deal with less stolen skis. Well, they conifiscated the ski lock because it could be used to strangle. Nevermind you can use belts, shoelaces, or laptop cords, all which were allowed.

So, now jump to March....I'm flying out of tiny State College, PA (SCE) on Mesaba back to DTW to go home and then out to Colorado skiing again. Well, I was going to check this one bag, but the agents told me to planeside claim it. Well, I had bought a new ski lock, it was in this bag. So, I got my bag searched going through security, they looked at the lock, and let it go.

Goes to show how uniform security has been and the rules really aren't consisent. Who knows, check everything, if you really want no hassles, but then again even thats not perfect either.
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RE: New Security Regulations

Wed Apr 24, 2002 8:14 am

Airport security is a joke. It was before Sept. 11 and it still is today. Most screeners are total idiots and are on a power trip because they are in a position of authority over the traveling public.
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