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Old 06-30-2013, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Very random question but has anyone ever had any issues from Airport customs with taking models onto a flight in your carry-on luggage?

What is the view on this? Obviously the metal wings on the GJ's models could be deemed as sharp objects.

I am moving away this week and would prefer to take some of my favourite models in my carry-on luggage so that they don't get damaged if put into my main luggage suitcase.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Ive toted dozens of models over the years, all diecast all over the world, all scales and never had a problem.. except once...

Here at my hometown aiport Orlando, I had a Hogan Qantas 744 brand new in the box and I guess at the time Hogan inserted a metal rod down the length of the fuselage and TSA here red flagged the model from my carryon..they pullled me off to the side and after a half hour of discussion and inspection amongst TSA idiots they elected to let me have it back..almost missed the flight.
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Very random question but has anyone ever had any issues from Airport customs with taking models onto a flight in your carry-on luggage?
I do know the flight crew gets very annoyed if you run up and down the isles with your models making zooming noises.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I do know the flight crew gets very annoyed if you run up and down the isles with your models making zooming noises.
You tried buying inflight,might help ...
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I bought a Swissair Gemini MD-11 in Paris and I remembered seeing it go through the scanner. I'm surprised they didn't give a hard time. I had airport officials come up to me and tell me (a little 13 year old kid) that I was not allowed to take pictures of planes. I suppose that was the bigger security threat.
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The TSA is so inconsistent. Just last week the line was extremely long so I went to the employee line and I asked them if air traffic controllers counted as employees and showed them my ID. The first one said, "Sure!" I get further down the line to the real ID check and the next one is practically yelling, "Sir! This line is for employees only!" So I tell them that I asked and she said, "Well, they need to make up their minds as to when you guys count and don't" as if I had anything to do with it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Brought a DW NWO B747-251B in my carry-on and TSI had me stand off to the side. The scanning agent pulled it out, opened it, held it, repacked it and put it back into my carry-on.
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My hand luggage is full of models everytime I flight from England to Switzerland, and no airport officials ever said a word.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The secret is to wet yourself at the same time
It also comes in handy when getting patted down.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I always tell the screening staff what they will see when my bags go through. Never an issue and surprising how many of the staff are quite interested and I've met a few 1/400 scale model collectors.
Only once in Canberra did they make me take a model out of the box and cradle and ran it through and it was a DW 744. Simply because it appeared on the screen as single metal pointed object.
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At Honolulu International Airport, they actually sold Hawaiian 1:400 717 and A330 Gemini Jets models at a kiosk past security, so you should be fine, but I have never taken any models through security.
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Two years ago I had taken a flight with a box with some models. Airport security guys asked me about it, I told them the models were fragile so I decided to carry it with me. As the box was very well sealed with lots of strips of adhesive tape, they allowed me to carry it onboard.
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I think it's better to just check a bag and put the model there.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:37 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I bought my HM AA L-188 Electras in Paris, and had no problem passing through security at CDG as a crew member.

But LHR crew security is another story. I've always wanted to visit ARD in Hillingdon near LHR, but am hesitant since I'm afraid of what LHR crew security will do.

They have the most ridiculous security of any airport in the world, when it comes to the crews. We have our little quart-sized bag of liquids checked for explosives (the security person uses a machine with a laser-type beam, before that they used to put on safety goggles and gloves and use some type of litmus paper, and they act like they're handling hazardous goods).

Every third crew member passing through the metal detector is given a thorough pat-down, and in February I had a female flight attendant taken into a private room for a strip search because she had a brace on her shoulder prior to her rotator cuff surgery. She lifted up the sleeve of her blouse and showed them, but that wasn't good enough, they had get her to undress.

They search through our bags and open everything, and have little respect for our property. They take your clothes and toss them into the dirty bins where we have to put our shoes, doing humiliating things like shaking out my underwear (clean, but still, is this necessary?) in front of the rest of my crew. They shattered an expensive Chanel make-up compact of a woman in my crew, and if you buy anything in London, you can be sure they will comment on it, after they've looked at it.

One F/A in my crew carried a pair of children's scissors with her to cut the cords on the newspapers we pass out, and when LHR security saw it, they called for a supervisor, who provided the ruler to measure it, and when they conferred with each other on the length of the blunt blade, she was allowed to bring it. It's a ridiculous waste of time.

And if you're "non-compliant," as they call it, they will put you on the naughty list and they're nasty about it. I saw a female security worker berating a female JAL F/A to the point she was nearly in tears. And LHR security loves to harass Air Canada for some weird reason. My AA crew often goes through LHR security with the AC crews, and it takes them FOREVER to go through everything with them.

So with all the hijinks at LHR, I don't buy anything in LHR. The dumbest thing, is that you won't experience any of that as a passenger passing through LHR! They even get to keep their shoes on! It's only the crew that is scrutinized. I have no complaints about the TSA in America after LHR crew insecurity!
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