France cracks down on corkscrews

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Old Feb 7, 09, 6:14 am
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France cracks down on corkscrews

At CDG on Tuesday (2 Fevrier) I had my angel wings corkscrew confiscated by security. I had it in my rollaboard. The same corkscrew has been to France a couple of times in carryon, in and also the US, and Ireland (where I purchased it, specifically not getting a waiter-style corkscrew with a little knife). But thanks to the French, the world is now safe from the killer corkscrews.

I also got a lecture about how dangerous corkscrews are.
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I also got a lecture about how dangerous corkscrews are.
Did the "security" person say something about knowing this from personal experience using it on himself?
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Nope. But he showed me a whole stack of them in their 'destroy' box.
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Corkscrews??? That's ridiculous. And confiscated by the French on top of it all. Maybe he/she wanted to prevent you the malaise of drinking non-French wine after leaving the country.

I always want to say that it is easier to kill somebody with an ordinary pen than with some of the things they are confiscating.

Less than two weeks ago on my way back to the US from Germany, a German screener told me that they now allow even small Swiss Army knife type knives including the corkscrew, of course. This probably applies to all of Europe since our regulations are about the same. I believe that flying to the US from Europe a Swiss knife would definitely be a no go, which is stupid because you are allowed to bring pointed scissors up to 4 inch blade length. Those are definitely more dangerous than a Swiss knife, corkscrew or pen.

By the way, Swiss. The answer to the corkscrew problem might be the Swiss Zyliss corkscrew. It is very compact and lightweight, has a teflon-coated helix and an integrated foil cutter AND it works like a charm. The point of the helix and the foilcutter are never exposed so it is impossible to harm anyone with it. The thing is an engineering marvel. I love it.

http://www.amazon.com/Zyliss-Corkscr.../dp/B00015995Q

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I've gotten very good at opening wine with a toothbrush when traveling.
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Hard bristle or soft?
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Hard bristle or soft?
You guys crack me up!

I thought of another possible travel "corkscrew". The famous Ah-So cork remover uses two flexible blades (not sharpened) that slide in next to the cork and pull it out. This is supposed to prevent any cork breakage or little pieces falling into the precious fluid. From what I hear, if you are skillful enough, it is even possible to replace the cork in the bottle with this instrument.

The question is whether they would view that as a dangerous instrument. I think it is not really dangerous but obviously TSA might think different.

http://www.winestuff.com/acatalog/co...ble_Prong.html

It weighs only grams.
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Originally Posted by jpmcdonough View Post
At CDG on Tuesday (2 Fevrier) I had my angel wings corkscrew confiscated by security. I had it in my rollaboard. The same corkscrew has been to France a couple of times in carryon, in and also the US, and Ireland (where I purchased it, specifically not getting a waiter-style corkscrew with a little knife). But thanks to the French, the world is now safe from the killer corkscrews.

I also got a lecture about how dangerous corkscrews are.
Amazing. You would think that, in France, a corkscrew would be mandatory.
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Hard bristle or soft?
Medium.

Just grab the bristles in your palm and use the handle to push the cork into the bottle.

Last month was the first time I didn't spill one drop of wine.
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I thought of another possible travel "corkscrew". The famous Ah-So cork remover uses two flexible blades (not sharpened) that slide in next to the cork and pull it out. This is supposed to prevent any cork breakage or little pieces falling into the precious fluid. From what I hear, if you are skillful enough, it is even possible to replace the cork in the bottle with this instrument.

The question is whether they would view that as a dangerous instrument. I think it is not really dangerous but obviously TSA might think different.

http://www.winestuff.com/acatalog/co...ble_Prong.html

It weighs only grams.
These are great... I used one for many years until lost.

There's no way the TSA would allow it on a plane though.
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It doesn't matter if you have a special corkscrew that can't harm anyone, and it doesn't matter if you have scissors with rounded tips on the end. At certain terminals at CDG, they will take it away anyways. Especially 2E which has flights to the USA. I had a huge almost-screaming argument in French about the idiocy of confiscating rounded edge safety scissors. I called over every supervisor they had and reamed them a good one. But I still left without my scissors.
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I've gotten very good at opening wine with a toothbrush when traveling.
I have gotten pretty good at opening beer bottles with hotel furniture if the opener is somehow missing from the room
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Could this sudden extreme danger of corkscrews on planes leaving France for the USA be in retaliation of the last US administration's 300% import tax on french roquefort cheese?
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Could this sudden extreme danger of corkscrews on planes leaving France for the USA be in retaliation of the last US administration's 300% import tax on french roquefort cheese?
Actually, some French cheeses could make great weapons - stink out the whole airplane...

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Maybe among the cheese-eating surrender monkeys, a terrorist could take over a plane by threatening to serve an inferior wine?

(j/k, of course)
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