Beth
Beth

Miss Whippy
Location: Cornwall & Oxford
Member Since: 3rd Jun 2003
Total posts: 1262
Posted:not exactly what it sounds

My dad lives in the Caribbean and i should be going to see him at Xmas. I really want to show him poi, spesh fire (mainly to scare him coz hes a bit of a wimp ) but is it a huge hassle to take a set of fire poi on a plane?

As loads of new rules have come into affect since 9/11 (as in, not allowed to take nail clippers on a plane!?!?) is having a big lump of metal on a chain with wick around it, considered a weapon?? And would i be able to take my set with me?

Ta muchly,
Beth


Aim high and you'll know your limits, aim low and you'll never know how high you could have climbed.

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:basically, what i belive to be ok is if you take already burned wicks in the HOLD luggage in a SEALED container and keep schtum about having them..its ok..

if you have unburned wicks (still yellow) then its even easier...take them only on HOLD luggage in whatever you want...remember that you will need an airtight container to return with if you burn them out there...

they wont let you go as cabin luggage (the people at heathrow wouldnt even let me take devil sticks on board {cos they've got lovely soft foam padded ends and are very sharp and everything...}

tailed poi are fine to take on bourd a plane with...ive even been on with beamers and globalls which ARE weapons!


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Dio
Dio

HoP Mechanical Engineer
Location: OK, USA
Member Since: 11th Jul 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:I find the best way is to put your chains alone in the checked luggage, and make some temporary wicks out of blue jean material while you're there to use... they're good for a few burns and that's all you'll need on a short vacation

What hits the fan is not evenly distributed.

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Dentrassi
Dentrassi

ZORT!
Location: Brisbane
Member Since: 9th Apr 2003
Total posts: 3044
Posted:awwwww!!

i though someone had started up a HoP version of the 'mile high' club.

i agree with the others. wrap them up, seal them, chuck them in the hold luggage, and dont bother telling them. if they enquire, try to pass them off as part of a kinky S & M costume.


"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

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Stubbs
member
Location: Kingston
Member Since: 23rd Jul 2003
Total posts: 31
Posted:I'm not sure about all this -- I could see them asking questions about balls on chains if you tried to take them carry-on, but if you just stick them in your suitcase, why would they care? My sister flew in to town a while back with her fire poi, and I'm pretty sure she had standard wicks, nor did she mention any difficulties getting them through.

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Raymund Phule (Fireproof)
Raymund Phule (Fireproof)

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Location: San Diego California
Member Since: 31st Dec 2001
Total posts: 2905
Posted:Well... if you put fire poi in your checked luggage and practice poi in your carry on you should be fine.

I have done alot of flying and have had 0 problems even with fire poi in my carry on!


Some Jarhead last night: "this dumb a$$ thinks hes fireproof"

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birdgirl
member
Location: scotland
Member Since: 2nd Jun 2003
Total posts: 48
Posted:yeah,shouldnt be a prob if you dont tell anyone,i recently flew to new zealand with my fire poi wrapped in a plastic bag stuffed into the bottom of my rucksack and i didnt have any trouble,so you should be cool!

spig--------Its not big and its not clever.

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mech
mech

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: "In your ear"
Member Since: 9th Jun 2003
Total posts: 6207
Posted:i wonder if when they asked you what they were, and you showed them a poi display with your practice ones would they still left you on teh plain, or would they just think you to be crazy and insane?

unless in newzeland or hawiee? as im sure its more common there?

layter days


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Eera
old hand
Location: In a test pit, Mackay
Member Since: 29th May 2003
Total posts: 1107
Posted:My carrier threw a hissy fit over my wicks 'cause they smell like parrafin. Most carriers will not even consider anything that has had the slightest suggestion of combustables anywhere near it. Wrap them well, stick them in the hold and do not say a thing. Most airlines have a problem with chains, even my training squash-balls-on-a-chain had to go in the hold, god alone knows what they would have made of the beamers.

Keep shtum an everyone's happy


There is a slight possibility that I am not actually right all of the time.

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Eera
old hand
Location: In a test pit, Mackay
Member Since: 29th May 2003
Total posts: 1107
Posted:My carrier threw a hissy fit over my wicks 'cause they smell like parrafin. Most carriers will not even consider anything that has had the slightest suggestion of combustables anywhere near it. Wrap them well, stick them in the hold and do not say a thing. Most airlines have a problem with chains, even my training squash-balls-on-a-chain had to go in the hold, god alone knows what they would have made of the beamers.

Keep shtum and everyone's happy


There is a slight possibility that I am not actually right all of the time.

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Noona
Noona

Cake lover
Location: Button Moon
Member Since: 13th Jan 2002
Total posts: 258
Posted:hehe I've flown with ridiculous amounts of paraffin-drenched toys including a fire tutu with about 16 wicks round it. Got through with just a few funny looks.

The thing they were most worried about was the wings of part of a stilt costume which they spent ages scanning for explosives


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Noona
Noona

Cake lover
Location: Button Moon
Member Since: 13th Jan 2002
Total posts: 258
Posted:and lucky you, your Dad lives in the Caribbean - wow!

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Valura
Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:Im so glad that someone bought this up.... My bestest buddy had a problem when he was checking in and flying to nz from here...they wouldnt even let hime take his double staff even theough they had been rewicked and everything!!! shock horro... and because I flying out in two days I was wondering how I was going to get around all this.. I wanna take my doubles but I dunno if I can... aside from poi which can be put into the airtight containers...what do you do with doubles?

TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Noona
Noona

Cake lover
Location: Button Moon
Member Since: 13th Jan 2002
Total posts: 258
Posted:avert their attention by taking huge amounts of ridiculously gigantic / oddly shaped stuff with you and they'll never notice your staff.

usually works for me


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Valura
Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:* muses about placing a prostethic limb in bag*
ahah


TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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+-Flo-+
member
Location: Sydney
Member Since: 27th Jul 2002
Total posts: 3
Posted:i got my concentrate airborne in a postal tube strapped to my backpack under the plane ... no questions asked...
the container in the hold luggage idea for poi shouldnt be a problem tho...
but shower... cause a strong smell of kero might be a lil suspicious


Light it! I DARE you...

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Dentrassi
Dentrassi

ZORT!
Location: Brisbane
Member Since: 9th Apr 2003
Total posts: 3044
Posted:val, depends how the wicks are screwed on. is it possible to take the wicks off, and hide them in your bag? are they easy to put back on? if so, youll just be taking 2 poles on the plane according to the airport guys.
good luck.


"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

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Valura
Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:Im so excited!!! I leave in 24 hours...woohoo!!! going to get my staffs rewicked today.. and get them all cleaned up and stuff...

TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Dentrassi
Dentrassi

ZORT!
Location: Brisbane
Member Since: 9th Apr 2003
Total posts: 3044
Posted:maybe you could disguise your staffs as crutches.....

"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

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sureau
sureau

enthusiast
Location: Oz girl in Eng-land
Member Since: 16th Aug 2004
Total posts: 224
Posted:Anyone flown a recent domestic flight with Virgin? I'm flying to Canberra 10th January, returning to Brisbane 23rd Jan. I'm going to check with the airline tomorrow whether or not I can take my staff. My concern is that they'll let me, and tell me it's also fine to bring it back, but that on my return flight I'll get some difficult employee telling me a different story despite my "but-but-but!!" I have a single staff, with a proper odour-sealing staff-bag. I have used wicks on there with residual citronella fuel. Should I push it through the checked luggage attached to my backpack, or send it through separately as "fragile goods" declaring it as "performance equipment" or what? Should I de-wick before the return flight?

I know rules change all the time, which is why we keep asking these same questions, so sorry if it gets annoying! But surely you folk understand the torment of potentially having toys taken from you. I'll be arriving the day before Moonfest, so I'd be heartbroken if for some reason I couldn't bring my staff back with me immediately...


"Be the Bunny"

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mtbeer
mtbeer

ARRRR!
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
Member Since: 11th Aug 2004
Total posts: 529
Posted:I'd recommend shipping anything with a fuel smell on it. Fresh wicks are fine to take on a plane, just don't have them attached to the chains. Take the chains off and use them as bag straps and the finger loops can be zipper openers.
Never once have I been stopped by security and all my poi stuff minus the fuel has been disguised as carry on luggage.


"My skin is singed but it heals my heart and with glowing pride I'll wear my scars." -Davey Havok

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Vixen
Vixen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire
Member Since: 10th Jan 2004
Total posts: 3276
Posted:ahhhh... right im going to have to bump an old thread - sorry!

Ive been trying to find out about poi on planes but everything seems to be about fire....

I want to take my sock poi to france with me this weekend but am worrying as im sure i read somewhere that they wont let u take juggling balls on planes because u cant get to see inside them or something (incase i had filled them up with naughties!)

my poi are made using juggling balls and i was worried that this might be a problem. can anyone help!?!? xxx


tHeReS gOoD aNd EvIl iN EaCh InDiViDuAl fIrE, iDeNtIfIeS nEeDs AnD fEeDs OuR dEsIrEs.

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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:My mate Brian (Ah-hi-ma) went to Oz for a year and they confiscated his juggling balls on arrival. I however took mine to Indonesia just after the Jakarta bomb and had no trouble with Juggling balls, fire poi, OR a 5ft fire staff (2 peice in a suitcase) I think I may have been lucky as I flew throught Kuwaite as well. But pretty sure Balls are a No No.
His were taken because of Fruit and veg laws! ubblol they were filled with dry beans...


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Mr_Chutney
Mr_Chutney

Tosser
Location: Herefordshire
Member Since: 18th Apr 2003
Total posts: 1711
Posted:Crap!

I'm going to the US in less than a fortnight, and if thats the case I'm in the site- I don't think I'm taking fire gear and this could leave me without sock poi as well

ARSE!


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Mynci
Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:Get some tennis balls. to replace juggly ones...
Or get some juggly balls out there. biggrin they must have some somewhere....


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:it might be a good idea to contact the airliner and just ask for written comfirmation of everything they say

im trying to decide if i wanna take my fire poi with me to turkey

anyone know anything?


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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:I fly from the US to Europe all the time and I've never had any problem with anything. (I'm sure I've said this on another related thread.)



I bring fire poi, my fire plate, sticks, wicks, socks, balls, oversized hula hoops... everything.



Then again, I've got one of those blue passports which US immigration seems to prefer. ubbangel



Though they did seem to have a problem when I forgot and left a knife in my carry on bag. Damn facists. wink


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Dragosani
Dragosani

sunset seadragon
Location: some little fluffy clouds
Member Since: 2nd Jun 2005
Total posts: 679
Posted:Anyone got any idea's on taking a bottle of parafin in your rucksack?

devil


A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. - Oscar Wilde
Jointly owned by FreyaJ, Birgit and Aurinko

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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:lol i think that would be a no dragonsani :P

i might risk it but i dont wanna loose my fire poi :S hmmm
dont think i will as fal4 is the weekend after


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Dragosani
Dragosani

sunset seadragon
Location: some little fluffy clouds
Member Since: 2nd Jun 2005
Total posts: 679
Posted:Tried it once...
Amsterdam to Banjul, the Gambia.
no problem, untill they checked my rucksack.
10 euro tax to enter the country and then (from 50) after bargaining 5 euro to bring two bottles of parafin into the country.
Very sweet deal. I was there on a diplomatic mission,city to city link. It was a one week trip and I learned Gambians to spin fire....
devil
They did the most amazing things with sharp objects, but I was the Tubab doing fire. Kids and adults laughed when I played with sock poi, but once I started with fire, I really got some respect. Also for the fact that I tried to speak wolof, thier language


A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. - Oscar Wilde
Jointly owned by FreyaJ, Birgit and Aurinko

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