Question for frequent flyers!?

Discussion in 'The Smoking Lounge' started by Robert leslie, Dec 3, 2012.

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  1. Robert leslie

    Robert leslie Member

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    I don't fly all that often, but I am flying to Tampa on business next week. With all the security and tsa crap, will I have a problem with bringing my pipes? Better yet, what will happen with my tobacco in a zip lock bag? Just curious.
    Robert
     
  2. AK Kilted Guy

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    I've flown 5-6 times in the last year and have not had a problem with pipes or tobacco. I think matches are a no-go. Also a pipe tool that resembles a pocket knife may cause issues.

    Have a good trip!
     
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  3. Coda

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    If you are checking your baggage, you should be fine...
     
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  4. Robert leslie

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    Never thought about The pipe tool, great advice.
     
  5. brumoon

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    Haven't flown for a couple of years, but had a lighter confiscated the last trip. I think if you check your bag you'll be all right.
     
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  6. Riff Raff

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    No problem with pipes or a Brebbia pipe nail or my pipes. I don't take my Zippo inserts, just the empty cases (or pick up a cheap lighter at my destination). I put tobacco in a factory tin, I think a ziploc baggie looks a little suspicious. They never look twice at my pipes or tobacco tins. I travel with a digital restaurant thermometer that has a fold-out 6" spike, that also never gets a 2nd look.
     
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  7. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Flew during Thxgiving, and my Bic,
    pouch of St. B, and Falcon all made
    it through in my carry on. My toby
    was in a ziploc baggie.

    Edited to add: my Snake tamper
    also made it through in my carry on.
     
  8. bluepipe

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    Just for reference: Within Europe, I've travelled several times with golf tees, zip-lock bags of tobacco, and bic-type butane lighters all in the carry-on luggage. I've had no problems at any airport. I never tried any other pipe tools or zippo lighters. I suspect it's very different for flying in the US.
     
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    I dont know if I could have risked taking St. Bruno if it where me flying...and I had some St. Bruno. I dont know if I could handle them confiscating the tobacco, and tossing it in the trash...I would most likely collapse right there...
     
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  10. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    LOL
    Everyone can carry up to
    250 grams without issue.
     
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    http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items

    Torch lighters, lighter fluid and strike anywhere matches are a no go, but I've traveled with a BIC lighter both in my pocket and in my carry on, with no issues. If you're worried, just check it. I used to keep mine on my outside zipped pocket on my suitcase so I could grab it once I had my luggage.
     
  12. BradNTX

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    I fly a lot and never had a problem with pipes, tobacco or a nail style tamper. Last May, I came home from the Chicago pipe show with several pipes and about 1.5 lbs of tobacco- no problem.

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    I always carry on as well! I can't stand list luggage and list pipes are even worse than lost clothes. No issues with the load from Chicago even being carried on.
     
  13. Robert leslie

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    I am doing the carry on, thanks everyone for the sound advice. I feel better now knowing that I am not going to get almost arrested for drug smuggling!!
     
  14. BradNTX

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    Yeah, but if you try to go through that body scanner with a belt on, they will throw you on the floor and cavity search you! :eek:
     
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  15. Hawkwood

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    I've never had a problem with pipe and baccy in a carry on. I did have a pipe knife confiscated on my last deployment though, and me in uniform with CAC card displayed......
     
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