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What was the weirdest thing you took aboard as a carry-on?

Old Apr 28, 13, 12:32 pm
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What was the weirdest thing you took aboard as a carry-on?

OK, here is the question in subj. Please share your stories.

I will start with myself - just arrived SFO-NRT-SIN carrying.... sewing machine which my wife packed in my carry-on suitcase.

Granted, this is Bernina with the Embroidery Module and this is an expensive piece of machinery, and no I would not put it in checked luggage.

But still... coming on a plane with sewing machine was kinda weird. And this device caused minor traffic jam at NRT's international transfer security checkpoint and caused cognitive dissonance among female security officers. Their curiosity was way above ordinary business level.

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Old Apr 28, 13, 12:37 pm
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Old Apr 28, 13, 12:38 pm
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40 lbs of frozen halibut ANC-DEN.
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Old Apr 28, 13, 12:39 pm
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A three foot tall Viking nut cracker with real fur cape, a Viking helmet with horns and a shield. Husband does wood carving and he made this for our daughter in Tampa took on an ewr tapma flight
Actually he first put in overhead then took down and put next to wall (window seat) covered with a blanket as he didn't want it to get damaged in overhead
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Old Apr 28, 13, 12:43 pm
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Old Apr 28, 13, 12:50 pm
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40 lbs of frozen halibut ANC-DEN.
Yaah, flights coming from Anchorage in summer can be identified easily with the smell...
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Old Apr 28, 13, 12:53 pm
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A small Oscilloscope. Amsterdam security grilled me about it. Did not have the test leads with it. They had no idea what it was or what it was for. After 15 minutes they handed it back to me and said have a nice day.
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Old Apr 28, 13, 12:59 pm
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Three cats, one each for myself, my wife, and my daughter SFO-DEN.

Over the years we've paid UA a couple thousand $ in pet fees. What amazes me is that TSA agents don't understand how to deal with pets. One offered to carry a cat through the metal detector for us, and it took us a while to convince him that this would just result in his uniform being shredded.

Edit: good point that others raised re: Travelbuzz being the appropriate forum.
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Two wooden toy katana samurai swords bought in Kyoto. They wouldn't fit in luggage so I put them in my backpack sticking out the top like a ninja turtle.

Security objected so I had to improvise packaging using shopping bags and checked them.
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Old Apr 28, 13, 1:10 pm
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waveguide / coaxial segments -- hollow rectangular segments 25-100 cm in length, roughly 2x3 cm cross section and smaller. Some contained carbon pyramid structure. Did this post 9/11 to Europe, Asia, ...
Always created concerns at the X-ray check of carry-on.
Had literature explaining use but still took a bit of explaining a few times.
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Old Apr 28, 13, 1:32 pm
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A bag of recyclable garbage from a city without recycling program into the city with one. Sorted it into the bins at the arrival airport. Got some funny looks.
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A full size PC and a ~25 pound battery backup (didn't bring a monitor though, so didn't use it on the plane ).

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Old Apr 28, 13, 1:51 pm
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A bag of recyclable garbage from a city without recycling program into the city with one. Sorted it into the bins at the arrival airport. Got some funny looks.
I hope you saved the returnables to get the deposit back at least...
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