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Carry on climbing gear @ Sydney Airport: problem

10:02:25 AM
I had the same problem at sydney a few weeks back, apparently i could make nunchuckas out of my quickdraws....
10:13:22 AM
I carried my harness, belay device and carabiners from Sydney to Geneva via Singapore and London in hand luggage and on the way back I carried quick draws, harness, screwgates, and cams up to a number 1 camalot in hand luggage.

The only problem I had was with my small Nalgene bottles of shampoo and liquid soap which were confiscated in Sydney because they "were not in their original tubes". Clearly it's fine to take sulphuric acid and other chemicals along with you as long as you put it in a branded Shampoo bottle - soap in unmarked bottles on the other hand is far too dangerous to have in the cabin ... idiots.
11:01:37 AM
In 1998 I took ice screws wrapped in duct tape to South America as hand luggage. They asked what I had in my bag. When I told them ice screws for climbing they gave me a funny look and let me go through. Didn’t even want to look at them.

Then in 2003 I accidentally took my butane stove on as hand luggage. They had a look at Sydney Airport and let me through.

A friend also tried to take an ice axe as carry on to NZ. He got it through customs check carrying it in his hand and then carried it in his hand onto the plane until a hostess took it off him and stowed it in a locked compartment.

1:21:32 PM
they don't let you through at Chicago with ice axe in your hand luggage. dunno what their problem is really... :)

cutting the waistbelt off your pack's a bit much.

the fuel bottle thing is funny. I've had someone at air NZ tell me that there's no way I can make it not smell like fuel and therefore I can't take it. After 3 or 4 rinses with hot soapy water in the bathroom it came back smelling like citrus hand soap.

4:06:59 PM
i've taken a whole lot of draws & carabiners in carry on to NZ and tassie without any troubles

8:05:11 PM
Traveled through 14 countries last year carrying, or wearing a lot of climbing gear. Only place I got stuff confiscated was my rope from carry on baggage when departing Kathmandu.It turned up in Thailand in a tangled mess, but intact.
Trad stuff seems to frequently get inspected if its in carry on, so not good if you are sprinting to get on the plane to Melbourne.
10:32:15 PM
I had my stove “confiscated” at Denver airport a few years back (in checked luggage), even though it hadn't had fuel in it for ages...

Getting a load of climbing gear OS is a lot harder than it used to be...

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