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Catastrophic
BRONZE Member since Apr 2003

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Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Total posts: 44
Posted:Has anyone tried to bring a staff on an airplane (non-breakdown variety)?? Carry on? (heh) or stuff it in a tube and send it underneath? (or does it get smooshed under someone's luggage?)
What about smells of fuel residues? Im only traveling across the US, not international...I might just ship it UPS instead,

Just wondering what experiences people have had out there


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Zoltar
BRONZE Member since Nov 2002

Zoltar

Beginner
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Posted:Just had a friend fly from Australia to Canada with his sticks. Had to be in checked luggage, not carry on. The airline told him that there couldnt be any fuel residue on the toys. He put fresh wicks on and they all got through no problem apparently.

So much fire, so little body hair...

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Mot


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Location: Netherlands

Total posts: 666
Posted:Hey,

I travelled through europe on various planes without any problems. I just let the burn out properly on their own the night before and then wrapped them in plastic bin bags and taped them up properly. Then just checked them in. Nobody batted an eye and it was a big bundle os fire attributes. I guess as long as it looks clean and dos'nt stink of lamp oil. All staffs made it through safely and undamaged. Mind you I guess they might be alittle more strict in America. Certainly from what I've been reading there are some daft laws about glowsticks in clubs and fire in public places. I guess more or less the same rules apply for UPS pakagaes as for airport luggage anyway. Safe journey and happy flying.
Gluck, T.


Come forth and thou shalt win enternal happiness. but he came fifth so he won an electric toatser.

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

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Posted:i just sit quietly on the wing and hope no one notice me spinning..

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bulldozer


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Posted:Never had any problems getting my saffs on the plane. Checked in mind you , not carry on.
I always carry them in a special bag so the people at the airline cant see what they are and if asked I always reply that they are "performance batons".
Never, ever mention the word "fire" since that can get them nervous and you into trouble. It have happened to a few friends of mine.


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. --Mark Twain

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Catastrophic
BRONZE Member since Apr 2003

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Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA

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Posted:Heh, thinking amusing thoughts of me spinning on the wing. Or heck as a nose propeller (gad, its late and I'm still home working)

thanks for all the advice


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cpt_shiner


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Location: melbourne, AUS

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Posted:had to leave staffs at coolongatta airport in australia. be warned, they smell residue tehy aint lettin it on the plane, staffs were wickless but they said if it has been burnt before there can be residue so it cant be let on.

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sunbeam
SILVER Member since Nov 2001

sunbeam

old hand
Location: Madrid, United Kingdom

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Posted:This is an interesting thread. I was going to take my staff to Greece last summer, didn't burn it for a few days in order for it to dry (though the wicks were burnt and still smelled of paraffin), wrapped the ends in bin-bag material with sellotape but bottled out because I didn't want to have it confiscated.

The bag idea is good though..


"I don't take drugs. I am drugs" - Salvador Dali

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dwuanos


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Location: Freo

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Posted:I would seriosly doubt they would Let you carry a stik in your hand luggage, camera tri-pod bags are good, or if carrying lots of stix the zip up golf bag rocks, cheak quarintine laws about carrying wood, I once had a set of stix confiscated in australia cause I made them in indonesia. clean wicks are good but impractical if jet-seting so my advice go secret squiral and disguise them as some thing a airport person wouldn't look twice at. Funniest airport moment. In Tasmania and the lady at the check in asked if my stix where in danger of exploding! Then called a security officer to personally escort my stix to the plane?

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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

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Posted:there was a thread about spinning whilst in a car a while ago. I guess in a plane you'd have a bit more room thou

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Posted:I wrap the heads in shopping bags or if I can get them Oven Bags, then I wrap the whole staffs in garbage bags and then cloth, then I wrap them in a shitload of Fragile tape. Never had a problem. We use the 'What these? They're performance batons... and its extremely important they dont get bent - they are very fragile dont you know' line too.

Josh


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Spanner
BRONZE Member since Feb 2003

Spanner

remembers when it was all fields round here
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Posted:When I took my flute through customs on my way to Germany they thought it was a gun never tried staff though. Hey, it's just a big stick. You can't shoot people with them! (although I'm sure some entrepreneur will discover you can one day )

"I thought you are man, but
you are nice woman.

yay,

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Posted:I travelled from Aust to Heathrow and then back again with a long staff and a short staff with chains and shit, the long staff went underneith the short one witht he chains and shit came on with me but the took them when i borded and gave them back when i got off. As for residue, i used mive everynight for a month at the Edinburgh fringe fest and then took them straight on, no bags, no cleaning, not even wiping them down and i had no problems. i have a firend who took juggling battons on with him and they had no probs either so pop a pill and just chill

Look to the moon, look to the stars, and if you still can't find happyness...find a bar!!!

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King Of Bongo


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Posted:agree w dj goose- was wondering what they would tell me today (just flew heathrow-madrid). I went for a burn w a coupla people last night in bris (which was pretty funky to those of you I met!) and got back too tired to bother cleaning them up. I put them in my jean case (a bag I have yet to patent! vid of it coming!) and all they told me to do was to take it to oversize luggage. The woman there was fairly grumpy and asked what the smell was coming from the case, I said it was paraffin and she just looked at me, grunted, raised an eyebrow, said she hated the smell of anything petroly (if thats a word?) and passed them through!
brilliant!

PS I reckon we could propell an aeroplane- two staffers on each wing and we'd have it sorted!


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TheApprovingNinja


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Location: Edinburgh

Total posts: 371
Posted:You'd have to use airfoil shaped staffs and they might just cut your hands off it could be done with enough people though.

while were on plances My friend and I came up with an idea.

If you put model helicopter blades on your staff, either side of the grip mind you. Then you went into a palm spin and
tossed it up it would stay up
for a really long time once you got the blades whirling. as a more increased risk of hand loss but what's life without DANGER.


Viva UGLY STAFF

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Elemental


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Location: Earth

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Posted:Dude,

From travelling the world here is my input on carrying fire toys. Always read the DO NOT BRING ON AIRPLANE guidelines. Nowehere does it say anything that remotely describes what fire toys are. SO they do not need to know. Dont bring it on your carryon baggage. Thats just recipe for disaster. Dont tell them neither... why.... because of fear. If they dont know what it is they will have fear and say no. I got searched and they found my fire stuff. They did not care about the bong, two chillums, three pipes and the smokless toker I had.... they cared about the fire toy. They called the FAA and I was told that they laughed at the customs people and told them it was ok. So.... its ok.... not carryon and itll be fine.

Peace,

Benoit


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sureau


sureau

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Location: Oz girl in Eng-land

Total posts: 224
Posted:I'm flying with Virgin to Canberra on Monday 10th Jan, coming back to Brizzy 23rd, a couple of days before Moonfest. I'm going to check with the airline tomorrow, but my concern is this:

What if I get to Canberra with no dramas, and I check beforehand that it's fine to bring my staff back with me but I get some difficult staff on the way back to Bris who won't let me bring them back? I'm terrified of arriving back a day before moonfest with no toys! Has anyone had this happen before? If you say "But I was told it would be okay on the return flight" does that count at all, or is it really up to who is there on the day?

Anyone flown a domestic flight with Virgin lately?


"Be the Bunny"

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sureau


sureau

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Location: Oz girl in Eng-land

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Posted:hmmm just realized, I did a search for airlines, travelling with toys etc, and automatically posted a reply to this post... Don't know what it's doing in the Staff moves section; maybe I should move it.

"Be the Bunny"

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Medusa
BRONZE Member since Nov 2003

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Posted:I heard the Canberra airport is VERY strict on security....so going into Canberra won't be the problem but coming out will be.

As long as the wicks aren't burnt there shouldn't be a problem....if they have residue on them though you will have hassles especially with the tightened security.


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Klowny
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

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Posted:Yeah i figure had it not been for past international indescrepincies, i.e sept 11, they wouldnt even be fazed, well maybe it being a object that can be dangerous but obviously security has been tightened, i put my staff in a pvc pipe case and put it in secured baggage, as long as you dont try and hide it im sure it will be fine

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FIRE_SPINNER
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

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Location: New South Wales

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Posted:sureau i don't think you will get any trouble with your fire toys just try get all the smell off it don't mention fire and if asked there performaince batons i have used canberra airport several times and haven't had any trouble but with qantas hope this helps

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agnisattva

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Location: wandering the world

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Posted:I have had equipment taken by airport security in the past. Just poi heads and I had extra kevlar so it worked out ok. But it was definately an interesting scene trying to explain to the airport security in hemasillo mexico, in spanglish, what they where used for... luckily someone came over and was kind enough to translate for us. Since then I have been really sketchy about fire toys and commercial airlines.

8) The Gods, adored with brilliant fires. have granted precious wealth to us. So, with bright fires, we pray to thee.
HYMN XXVI. Agni.
From the Hindu sacred text "Rig Veda"

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stongsfire
GOLD Member since May 2004

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Location: Washington D.C.

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Posted:I've been lucky the last few months. I just had them wrapped tight and covered with socks then tied to a backpack. No problems. Six times in the last three months.....but this is Alaska and no one really cares up here. smile

And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?

Hot ashes for trees?

Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change?

And did you exchange a walk on part in the war

for a lead role in a cage?

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UnmitigatedlyVirile


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Posted:I started spinning at college in January and since then I've checked my staff on airplanes three times (most recently five days ago) without problem. I just put a garbage bag over each end and wrap it in duct tape. And yes, I am in America. It's probably a good idea to wash as much fuel residue as possible off of it beforehand, but people check strange sports equipment all the time so no one even bats an eyelid when I hand my garbage-bagged staff to the luggage people.

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d-eye
GOLD Member since Mar 2005

d-eye

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Location: Canberra, Australia

Total posts: 60
Posted:I used 1 and 1/2 post paks masking taped together, with the staff inside and the ends taped.



Didn't have any problems with Brisbane airport. It was a brand new staff though that had never been lit.



be aware they will probably run a sniffer over them for explosive residue.



Current information on aviation security measures in Australia can be found at the DOTARS website, specifically: http://www.dotars.gov.au/transsec/aviation/fact14.aspx


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Alfred
SILVER Member since Jul 2003

Alfred

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Location: Orange County, California, US...

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Posted:I am leaving for South Africa from USA. So i took a shower with my poi (anyone else tried it?).I cleaned them and then put them in the tumble dryer (anyone else tried it?) I figured if they can withstand fire and bullets they can handle a dry spin cycle :P. Wish me luch, i hope i dont lose my toys!Ill keep you posted.

Spinning makes my world go round

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ma'tina
BRONZE Member since Mar 2005

ma'tina

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Location: somewhere..., Germany

Total posts: 611
Posted:Ola!

last year I took my staffs with me to turkey, with the plane...
I just wrapped them in old shopping bags, taped them together...had to check them in, but got them back without any damages....on my flight to turkey and back to germany as well...!


tina


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kisses & peace & love to beautiful madges
*rever le temps le prendre*

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: , United Kingdom

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Posted:Im flying to Dublin today.

I have my staffs in their staff bag, and at the top where they stick out I have tripple wrapped a black bin bag round them and stuck it together with sticky tape.
This should be fine I think.

smile


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strugz
BRONZE Member since Mar 2002

strugz

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Posted:hey thats a strange coincidence UCOF - i fly out to Dublin tomorrow eek might see you there wink

Im taking firestaffs that are wrapped much the same as yours by the sounds of it........... although im also taking 2 tech stafs which can no longer be recognised as they now are absolutley coverd in bubblewrap!.....what great stuff that is ubbrollsmile

cool


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Faberg
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

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Location: Dublin, Ireland

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Posted:oooohhh, you're bringing your tech staffs??? yummmm biggrin

My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely smile

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strugz
BRONZE Member since Mar 2002

strugz

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Posted:Hell yeh...........

well after watching yours and aidens faces at uberstaff when they got turned on.............. i figured those faces would be worth seeing again biggrin

cool


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