View Full Version : Flying to/from the UK with "weapons"

01-20-2007, 05:22 AM
Just booked a flight and ticket for my and my son for Celebration Europe. Yay! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

My son wants to go dressed up and his costume will need either a lightsaber or blaster.

With the airports getting more and more intense security I was wondering if anybody here thinks or knows that it's a problem for a 5 year old boy to bring a toy Han Solo blaster on a plane.

01-22-2007, 08:35 AM

Personally (after my dealings with custome involving a watchmakers screwdriver http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif)I would not risk taking it on the plane in hand lugage. You should be farily safe with the blaster in the hold lugage. If the lightsabre is a fold down version again the hold would be the best place (I have happily transported these around from the states). A MR saber might cause a few problems.

The best bet is to take the blaster in the hold lugage and mention it at the desk (avoiding waving the gun around to much http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif). I do not think customs take much notice if you say it belonmgs to a five year old http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/frown.gif alas a sign of our times.....

You could always try waving your hand at the customs guys whilst stating "these are not the weapons you are looking for" http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

01-22-2007, 09:06 AM
...You could always try waving your hand at the customs guys whilst stating "these are not the weapons you are looking for" http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

hehe http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Checking in the gun or saber with luggage does indeed sound like the best option.
Silly that the world has come to this point where you cannot carry a lightsaber on a plane http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/frown.gif

02-02-2007, 01:48 PM
I wouldn't think that a saber would be forbidden. You might have to do some explaining though since most people wouldn't know what it is! I flew from L.A. to Sweden a couple years ago with a MR Vader ANH in my hand baggage and it raised a few eyebrows until I explained what it was and showed them the COA. (Several did demand that I show them "how it works" and they gave me funny looks when I answered "it doesn't". Haha.

A blaster on the other hand will probably cause you MAJOR problems. If it's plastic, you MIGHT be able to get away with having it in your luggage (as long as there are no electronics) but a MR blaster will probably not get through with the regular check in.

My suggestion: Call the airline. They DO have ways of dealing with these things. Usually you have to check in the "threatening item" separately... though you might have to pay them an extra fee.

02-02-2007, 02:06 PM
taking a weapon in the luggage will be ok, I always put a note on it saying "star wars prop" as long as you dont wave it around everywhere if they check your bag you will be ok.

02-25-2007, 03:53 AM
UK Customs can be very hit and miss. Sometimes they do chexk and are very strict. No gun shaped items or swords of any kind. Yet sometimes you could propably walk through with a rocker launcher on your back and they wouldn't care

02-25-2007, 10:51 AM
Definately in the hold, UK customs have come down like a tonne of bricks recently on stuff like this. I nearly got done last year for having a tin in my hand luggage even though it was a travel game, I had to do a bit of explaining to do before I was even allowed to show the security guy the contents.

02-26-2007, 10:03 AM
I don't think getting in is going to be the problem. According to this news story (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2173150.stm) it will be getting out of the USA where you'll come unstuck!



02-26-2007, 03:54 PM
lol @ news article! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif