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Forum topic by garhof posted 03-12-2013 10:15 AM 1145 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2013 10:15 AM

I bought some bowl blanks when I was in California for work. I dont usually check a bag and wanted to get an opinion before I walk into the airport with 6 blocks of wood in my bag.

Will they let me on the plane with a carryon full of bowl blanks? largest is 3/6/6.

Any thoughts would be great!

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 10:20 AM

Call the airline for the answer. Make sure you get the name of the person if they say it’s OK. If there is any debate when you board, you can refer them to this person.
What about transferring wood from one state to another? You might check on that. Sort of like bringing fruit across the border.

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 11:55 AM

Several years ago I checked a bag that had several good sized pieces of Sassafras wood in it. The baggage screen didn’t even blink an eye when my bag was being xrayed.

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 11:59 AM

As long as you tell the screener and let them touch your wood; what could go wrong?

Pretty sure flight attendants won’t mind helping putting wood in overhead.

Worth a phone call worse case will have to check your wood and not carrry on!

-- Bill

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#4 posted 03-12-2013 12:46 PM

I remember years ago (back in the 70’s) when I was sent to Texas right around Christmas. I bought some Christmas gifts and just threw them in my bag.

When they X-rayed my bag, two guards came over and one unbuttoned the flap on his holster. The X-ray tech asked me to open my bag, slowly…

After they looked inside they started laughing and showed me the X-ray picture. I had bought a package of candles for my mother. On the X-ray picture they looked just like sticks of dynamite arranged in a nice neat bundle!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#5 posted 03-12-2013 01:01 PM

I recently returned to NY from WA and brought back a couple of nice pieces of wood and there was no issue with them in my carry on. Of course, I only had a couple, but they were not much smaller than what you listed.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 02:14 PM

a few years ago i brought back a stone carving about that size as well as a stained glass window (tranditionally made and trimmed in lead) back from England. No issue there.

There was the time I was coming back from a costume party were I had dressed as Will Ferrell’s cowbell character. Well let me tell you how hard the TSA agents laughed when they found out that yes indeed thwat was a cowbell in my bag.

Here is the photo since I know you guys would ask!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 05:19 PM

Similar to EEngineer’s situation. We had moved from Georgis to St Louis and I had to go back for a work-related meeting. My wife had made some Brunswick stew to bring back to my ex-coworkers. I packed 2 quart jars of the stew in a cardboard box wrapped with a bunch of newspaper to keep the jars from clanking together. I left the box-top untaped so the inspectors could see it was only stew in the jars. At the check-in I started to tell the agent what I had and he cut me off saying, “Just put it on the belt sir”, OK so off it goes into the xray machine…

ANd of course the belt stops when that box goes thru. The agent watching the xray calls another one over and they’re talking in hushed tones. Almost immediately one of them is on the phone. All of a sudden I realize I have 2 guards standing beside me, asking me to step out of the line. I try to tell them “It’s ONLY SOUP” but they want me to go into the next room with them. One of them is carrying my box out in front of him like it’s a bomb.

We get into the exam room and two more guards are already in there. So now it’s me and 4 armed guards. One of them asks me “What’s in the jars?”

“Soup.” I say. (As I reach for it) I’m saying “Here, I’ll open it and you can taste it.” Quick as a flash two of them grab my arms to stop me from moving!

Again I’m asked what’s in ths jars. “SOUP! Brunswick STEW! My wife made it for the guys I used to work with. I’m going there for meetings and the wife is sending some of her SOUP to them! It’s BRUSNWICK STEW for Christs sake! Open one and you can see and smell it!”

Finally one of them opens it and smells. “Hey. This IS SOUP!”

Me…”Yeah, no shit sherlock. That’s what I been telling you. It’s Freakin’ SOUP!”

Finally they let me board (WITH my soup). As I sit down with the box in my lap the guy besides me tells me he was behind me in line and he heard everything. He can see how mad I am and asks what line of work I’m in. I tell him “I work for Snap-on Tools and I’m going back to Atlanta for some meetings, and how my wife made some Brunswick stew for the guys back there.”

We chat some more and he starts laughing. He tells me he is in the heavy construction business, big highways and bridges and such. “Yeah ok, so what’s so funny about my soup then?”

He then tells me that guys in his business that use DYNAMITE and TNT in their blasting duties refer to the TNT as “SOUP”.

I finally understood why the agents kept cringing when I kep yelling at them that it was only 2 jars of SOUP in my box :-)

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 06:48 PM

You shouldn’t have any issue.
I fly like 80k miles a year

-- Brian

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#9 posted 03-13-2013 02:10 AM

I flew back from Hawaii two months ago with a log of wood in my carryon, no problems.

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#10 posted 03-13-2013 05:10 AM

Good to know, I may buy a few more.


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