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Can I take antique mantel clock as hand luggage?

Old Dec 20, 18, 1:36 am
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Can I take antique mantel clock as hand luggage?

Hi! Could anybody advise if I can take an old antique quite large mantel clock in hand luggage on BA flight? It has mechanical wind up mechanism and i will make sure that it stops ticking by the time of the flight. I don’t want to put into hold as I’m sure it would be damaged. Obviously I am happy to show it at the luggage control.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 1:53 am
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Welcome Alenka

How large is the clock? I don't see any problem if the clock and packing fit within BA's hand luggage dimensions. I don't think a clock contains any prohibited items.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 1:55 am
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Have done this several times before (not on BA). It usually warrants a second look at the airport security and a couple if times unpacking so be prepared to unwrap, but otherwise no issues.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 1:56 am
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I haven’t had a problem carrying delicate objects on board, and I’m assuming somebody along the way has clocked (excuse the pun) it’s hand baggage size. The problem is take off and landing as you will probably not be allowed to keep it on your lap, so a well padded box to put it by your feet may be the answer.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 2:41 am
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Originally Posted by plunet View Post
Have done this several times before (not on BA). It usually warrants a second look at the airport security and a couple if times unpacking so be prepared to unwrap, but otherwise no issues.
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Have had exactly that experience with an antique clock. No real problem.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 3:04 am
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Not sure how relevant or antique you are referring to, however i once carried an antique watch that was flagged for radioactivity -- radium dial for the glow in the dark. It wasnt officially over the limit however it was enough to flag.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 3:20 am
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I’d alert one of the staff at security- forewarned means no surprises for them.

wrap it securely but not so much it takes ages to unwrap and wrap again should they want a closer look

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Old Dec 20, 18, 3:20 am
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Thank you all!

thanks for speedy answers! I thought that I shouldn’t have a problem (apart from risk of damage, but someone has said to me recently “but this is a CLOCK, so you never know with security!” So decided to check... it will definitely fit within hand luggage allowances, it’s from 1870s, and its mechanical, so don’t expect any unusual “readings” on it. Once again, thanks!
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Old Dec 20, 18, 3:26 am
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I wonder if anyone has the experience of bringing antique clocks on ... I think John's advice is right on the mark--pack well, carry on if you can, and tell TSA what .... She had no problems and it's ticking away on her mantle now.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 3:32 am
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Impressed by the number of FTers travelling with antique clocks. I don't even possess one - much less travel with one.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 3:53 am
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Old Dec 20, 18, 6:29 am
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Thanks again for all replies !!!
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Old Dec 20, 18, 6:34 am
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Originally Posted by Alenka View Post
Thanks again for all replies !!!
And let me also welcome you to Flyertalk and the BA forum. I hope you will have no difficulties at check-in, I would also advise letting the security staff know, however they probably see everything under the sun go through their lines. Have a good flight Alenka.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 6:40 am
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Impressed by the number of FTers travelling with antique clocks. I don't even possess one - much less travel with one.
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one does not need to own an antique clock to know how to fly with one. <off>

much the same as with children ...
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Old Dec 20, 18, 9:32 am
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I don't see why not. I've taken a sewing machine through security a couple times and they don't even bat en eyelid.
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