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When airport security confiscates something, you get to take someone else's confiscated item at your destination
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From knives to nail clippers, airport security can be downright arbitrary about what they'll let you take on the plane (assuming they find it). You might take something with you on a trip and then find you can't bring it back. If you bring nail clippers with you, you risk losing them right away, and who wants to buy a new pair every time they travel?

I propose that when airport security takes something from you, you get a ticket that is redeemable at any airport which entitles you (subject to availability) to a similar item confiscated from someone else. Personal items might need to be sanitized or something. People would be free to pack nail clippers they might get taken and they might not, but there would be less risk.

macki, Feb 05 2003

(?) these people have nothing to hide http://cnews.canoe....02/02/19653-ap.html
[rbl, Oct 21 2004]


       Yes. Good idea. What are doing with all that stuff anyway? Storing it? Throwing it out? Looting it?
snarfyguy, Feb 05 2003

       black market nail clippers? I think not. Good idea though.
rbl, Feb 05 2003

       bliss, in that case we need a 'loaner' system, or rental personal items available at the airport. overkill I suppose.
rbl, Feb 05 2003

       bliss, no that's fine, you get to use it on your trip, and then on the way back if they get taken, you get a new one when you get home, and if they don't, you keep them!
macki, Feb 05 2003

       Watch out in case you dig up some drugs.   

       "Excuse me sir, would you mind coming with me?"   

       "But, uh, it's not mine. I just found it here..."
snarfyguy, Feb 05 2003

       Have I told this story here before? Forgive me if I have.   

       I once had a pair of very sharp-pointed nail scissors taken by Air France prior to a flight from Paris to Edinburgh, despite the fact they had made it through about five international security checks on previous legs of the trip. I had forgotten the scissors were there, so when they showed them to me on the X-Ray display, I assumed they would be forfeited. Instead, Air France gave me a receipt and assured me they'd fly on my plane and be available to me when we arrived.   

       In Edinburgh, naturally, there was no sign of the scissors. Later, I sent my receipt back to Air France with a claim. They wrote back with a very defensive-sounding letter that pointed out that they could not be held liable for lost luggage for any more than $30 (US) per lb. And since they could not assign a weight of more than 2 lb. to my scissors, they had enclosed a check for $60!
beauxeault, Feb 05 2003

       dag: "It shouldn't be a surprise..."   

       Tell that to the, what was it, about 16,000 or so people who had pocket knives confiscated at U.S. airports during the last Thanksgiving travel period. Amazing.
beauxeault, Feb 05 2003

       How about rearranging the check-in order a bit. First take care of your ticket and get your luggage tagged (but not taken). Then go through security with your luggage and if they find anything they don’t like in your carry-on (or on your person) then you are allowed to put it in your checked-in luggage bag prior to them (security) placing it on the conveyor belt.
Shz, Feb 05 2003

       Hilarious. Well done [macki]. Welcome to the HalfBakery.
phoenix, Feb 06 2003

       I saw a bit on the news recently about a woman (an artist, come to think of it) who was allowed to take posession of a heap of objects confiscated by airport security. She put the rather massive heap of contraband on display in a gallery with other 9-11-01 inspired artwork.

Your idea sounds much better to me.
X2Entendre, Feb 06 2003


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