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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-14-2007, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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So, I ended up having to fly back from Denver due to work. As a result of a doing some quick fixes on my bike during the earlier day, I had a number of 'unusual' things with me when going through the airport security checkpoint. Helmet, jacket, battery tender junior, and of course... a 3.5" butterfly knife.

I had it with me to strip wires, and had accidentally left it in my bag rather than my bike due to a complete oversight. So when I went through they of course found it sitting in the front pocket of my bag, far from hidden. They make me sit down, search my shit, and nearly miss my flight. They were doing their job so I'm not at all pissed at them though.

However, since it's a 3+" blade they were forced to report it, and now I might be getting a rather hefty fine for it. Anyone else had something similar?
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not to be a jerk but wire strippers work better for that duty than a butterfly knife. just an fyi.

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had a co-worker get escorted off the plan for referencing a BOM (bill of materials)
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I brought an axe onto a flight as a carry on. When asked, I told them it's a bottle opener. Case closed.

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not to be a jerk but wire strippers work better for that duty than a butterfly knife. just an fyi.
I don't disagree, but there are other things knives are good for, so I like to have one with my bike anyway.
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Ohhhh!!!! Thanks for reminding me that I gotta take my Swiss Army Knife and my makeup outta my purse before I get on the plane in the morning!! Don't wanna get in trouble yet again for that stuff!!

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but there are other things knives are good for
Like hijacking a plane??













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Ohhhh!!!! Thanks for reminding me that I gotta take my Swiss Army Knife and my makeup outta my purse before I get on the plane in the morning!! Don't wanna get in trouble yet again for that stuff!!
Hah, you're welcome
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had a co-worker get escorted off the plan for referencing a BOM (bill of materials)
that is too funny...but if it was me I'd rise hell like never before
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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-14-2007, 11:58 AM
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So you left you bike in denver.

Let's see ...

bike broke down
almost got struck by a car on a dark highway
speeding ticket that requires you to appear in court in CO.
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delay and possible fine from airport security
had to leave the bike in denver

I hate to say I told you so, but in your original thread I told you this was something you needed to do more forward planning before going.

I told you so.



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I just flipped open a 3.5" butterfly I keep by my desk. That is not a small blade and is clearly a fighting knife. Not the type of thing one should forget when going through airport security. Fortunately, I keep close track of my daily knives, but always double check before I even leave the house. I won't even carry my pocket knife to the car when I travel. I'm sort of surprised you didn't get arrested. A fine may suck, but might not be a bad deal. Bet you won't forget again...

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Hahahaha, but the trip to Denver was great! Really it was
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I just flipped open a 3.5" butterfly I keep by my desk. That is not a small blade and is clearly a fighting knife. Not the type of thing one should forget when going through airport security. Fortunately, I keep close track of my daily knives, but always double check before I even leave the house. I won't even carry my pocket knife to the car when I travel. I'm sort of surprised you didn't get arrested. A fine may suck, but might not be a bad deal. Bet you won't forget again...
I think I'll just go get me an exorcism instead...
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I'm shocked the found the knife. Most times they would just take the water bottle next to the knife. You guys know what TSA stands for?

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when I got caught with a knife, I immediately told them to throw it out, and I'll go through the line again... no problem.

But when they threw out the baby's milk, we raised fucking hell, an 8 hour flight with no baby's milk??? But you just let this guy get away with a bong in his bag!
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when I got caught with a knife, I immediately told them to throw it out, and I'll go through the line again... no problem.

But when they threw out the baby's milk, we raised fucking hell, an 8 hour flight with no baby's milk??? But you just let this guy get away with a bong in his bag!
If the baby is with you the are supposed to let you keep the milk, but these morons never follow their own rules.

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If the baby is with you the are supposed to let you keep the milk, but these morons never follow their own rules.
Nope, I had a printout of the rules with me that I read to his supervisor...

The guy that threw it away was getting harassed by some people, ie me... the manager made him get it out of the trash, luckily it was still sealed well AND in plastic bags, fucking jerk.
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When I worked at ORD, even airport employees had to get screened whilst going through certain areas after 9/11.

One time that stands out was when a coworker and I had to deliver paperwork from our building (Lufthansa Cargo) to the terminal for the 431 or 435 flight. We both go through the scanner don't set it off. This grotesquely obsese female TSA stops me (wearing my ORD security badge in clear sight) and tells me she needs to check me, so I step aside. She tells me to lift my pants legs so she could look down into my shoe (Nike hightops), so I do. Well, I stood there with my pants lifted for maybe a minute looking like a dork, but she was too busy talking to her coworker so we just walked away. She didn't even notice. The best part- and this was brought up by my coworker- is that my coworker was a Pakistani Muslim girl in her early 20s with a noticable accent and this was like right after 9/11 with the rampant racial profiling going on after the flights started back up.
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When I worked at ORD, even airport employees had to get screened whilst going through certain areas after 9/11.

One time that stands out was when a coworker and I had to deliver paperwork from our building (Lufthansa Cargo) to the terminal for the 431 or 435 flight. We both go through the scanner don't set it off. This grotesquely obsese female TSA stops me (wearing my ORD security badge in clear sight) and tells me she needs to check me, so I step aside. She tells me to lift my pants legs so she could look down into my shoe (Nike hightops), so I do. Well, I stood there with my pants lifted for maybe a minute looking like a dork, but she was too busy talking to her coworker so we just walked away. She didn't even notice. The best part- and this was brought up by my coworker- is that my coworker was a Pakistani Muslim girl in her early 20s with a noticable accent and this was like right after 9/11 with the rampant racial profiling going on after the flights started back up.

It was very bad right after 9/11. I'd be flying home in uniform, and any crew members were searched at the gate in front of the passengers. We were getting very pissed off with the whole thing considering every crew member had a 10 year FBI back ground check. So a female first officer I was friends with started to mess with them. When the screener was checking out her shoes she said really loud "Dude, you sicko your smelling my shoes!" The guy turned 10 shades of red. Another time she took a pair of panties and rubbed a chocolate bar of them so it looked like skid marks. When the screener opened her bag he didn't know what to do. I had to bite my tongue not to laugh.

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Another time she took a pair of panties and rubbed a chocolate bar of them so it looked like skid marks. When the screener opened her bag he didn't know what to do. I had to bite my tongue not to laugh.
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These fuckers at ORD took away my prescription and needles... I was told as long as I had my script I could bring them on... They fucking threw the shit away... Luckily I have more in my suitcase but if something happens and I can't get on my 2nd flight these fukkers are gonna hear about it... And yeah the lasy behind me got questionned about her baby's formula too....
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Yeah, I had to have a 10 year background check too. I started at Lufthansa in February of 1995. So, I had to go to my grade school, Jr. high school, and high school in person to get someone to sign off on the paperwork. Had to jump through all those hoops just work work in a stupid warehouse- although I did make the big time and move up to the import office then the export office. Then you get these third party contracted slackers like the Hudson and Evergreen refuelers or belly loaders sleeping everywhere, toking up in the parking lots or in the containers on the ramp passing the background check?

Once, a Hudson refueler fell asleep whilst refueling one of our LH 747-200 freighters. Fuel was pouring from the wing like a waterfall. Anyone that knows even a little about aircraft knows that the amount of fuel needs to be pretty delicately computed on a cargo flight. If he passed the background check, then I'd hate to see who failed it.

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And yeah the lasy behind me got questionned about her baby's formula too....
Don't fuck with a baby like that!

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It's sad how the system turns these TSAs into heartless/power-tripping robots. I refuse to fly- especially after working at an airport for 7 years.
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[QUOTE=AJ Crowley;869462]It was very bad right after 9/11. I'd be flying home in uniform, and any crew members were searched at the gate in front of the passengers. We were getting very pissed off with the whole thing considering every crew member had a 10 year FBI back ground check./QUOTE]


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when I got caught with a knife, I immediately told them to throw it out, and I'll go through the line again... no problem.
Thats what I did, but due to the size of the knife he said he couldn't do that.
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