Ahhh packing... not always the easiest thing to do, especially with all of the restrictions. Make the mistake of leaving a pair of tweezers at the bottom of your bag, and you will end up getting strip searched. Heaven forbid you have a half-full 110ml bottle of lotion — that MUST mean you are a terrorist.
Just when I thought that all I could bring with me is a book, a magazine, and lip gloss (in a VERY small container), I came upon this list on the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website.
Here are some VERY surprising items allowed in your carry-on:
- Soldering Irons — Ummm... correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't these more of a weapon than tweezers?
- Dry Ice — Yup, you can't take the wet kind, but apparently the risk of filling the plane with prom-worthy steam is not a concern.
- Lawn Darts — REALLY?!? These are so dangerous that they are not even sold in stores anymore, but throwing one in your carry-on? No big deal.
- Whips — Indiana Jones – and those into S&M – can breathe a sigh of relief, your whip will not be taken away at the security checkpoint.
- Straight Jackets — Just in case you feel a psychotic break coming on, or are a magician by trade.
- Metal Forks — Though a dull butter knife isn't allowed anywhere near the tarmac, a sharp fork causes no concern.
- Aerosols — Because the case of Grizzly bear attacks on planes has started to grow, bear spray is allowed in your bag... huh? I thought that aerosols would explode in the cabin... guess not.
- Knitting Needles — Grandma can finish her Christmas presents while on long flights, no questions asked.
- Scissors — No tweezers, but scissors are ok?!
- Nitroglycerin — No, this is not a typo. Though it is one of the ingredients used to make bombs, nitroglycerin is also found in some medication, so with the proper documentation, it is allowed in your carry-on.
Surprised as I was? What till you see what you're allowed in your check-on luggage!