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Strange Items Of Carry On

Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:38 pm

My wife has insisted that I start this thread having recently carried on our baby's bed matress onboard our Emirates flight a few weeks ago.

What are the strangest things you have seen people take on board flights? I bet cabin crew a-netters have some interesting stories!
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RE: Strange Items Of Carry On

Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:52 pm

I've seen various items of fruit, and boxes of poultry. There's nothing like cruising along at 30,000ft with a Rooster crowing every few minutes...

Going back several decades my Grandfather carried a very large whole fresh salmon back from Scotland to Heathrow on BA. It was a present from a client, caught that morning in Scotland, cooked that evening in Maidenhead.

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Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:17 pm

My Brother-in-Law carried the head from a deer he'd just shot on board and stowed it in the overhead bin.

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Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:44 pm

A dead raven - killed by being hit by a car on main road #1 in Iceland. Then stored for three days in the hotel freezer, then wrapped in newspapers and put in a plastic bag from a CPH taxfree shop. Then on Icelandair to CPH.

That was 30 years ago. The bird is now on display in the livingroom of the Danish finder.
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Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:47 pm

When I lived in West Africa you could see that a few people brought kilishee on board -- sides of lamb or goat, dried and cured. Usually it was wrapped in newspaper and tied with twine. Sometimes it was put in the hold, and sometimes in the overhead bins. If it wasn't fully cured, well, you knew it was there. I asked a colleague once why they needed to bring it, and she said for friends living along the (humid) coast who missed the food from the (desert) interior.
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:59 pm

I did not have any particular experiences with weird items,,,dead or alive for that matter, but I did fly with EK from New York yesterday and the ticketing agent (manager) made very sure that items such as: "break pads, bolts, car accessories and immature husbands" (yup, that is the exact quotation) were not allowed in the cabin.   

My wife and I found it both surprising and entertaining and made us think of the exact reason for this topic, so kudos to your wife for asking you to write this post.   
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:32 pm

I once brought aboard a Digox 6.1 dissolved oxygen meter (I was afraid to transport it in the hold). Does it count as a strange item?
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Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:50 pm

I took two machetes on a CO flight from BZE-IAH-ATL-TRI in May 2001. No questions from anyone.
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RE: Strange Items Of Carry On

Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:55 am

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 7):
in May 2001. No questions from anyone.

The date being the key point. Now you might just get a one-way, free-of-charge flight to somewhere in Eastern Europe for your efforts... 

About the strangest I've seen has been remote-controlled scale aiplanes - which are fairly large being brought aboard in boxes. Otherwise - a quite expensive camera monopod is another odd item (which I actually took aboard a recent flight along with some other very expensive camera gear).

I'm actually surprised they let me take the monopod aboard, since it could be a quite a nasty weapon.

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