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 Post subject: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:01 am 
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Since I'm going to fly to DCD do have I got in to a problem..
Were do I put my puzzles on the plane? do I take it in the plane or in the luggage?
And is there anything else to think about?


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:18 am 
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I you can manage, I would definitely take them in the plane. When you have to put them in your luggage, I would use a hard case suitcase and lots of plastic with airbubbles (can;'t find the english wordt for it)

btw: what happened to you super awsome webiste. The link in your signature goes nowhere.

ps: I hope you take lots of puzzles with you: looking forward to seeing them (may be playing... :D )

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:26 am 
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maarten wrote:
lots of plastic with airbubbles (can;'t find the english wordt for it)



Bubblewrap.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:54 am 
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maarten wrote:
I you can manage, I would definitely take them in the plane. When you have to put them in your luggage, I would use a hard case suitcase and lots of plastic with airbubbles (can;'t find the english wordt for it)

btw: what happened to you super awsome webiste. The link in your signature goes nowhere.

ps: I hope you take lots of puzzles with you: looking forward to seeing them (may be playing... :D )

Am I allowed to take them in the plane? with sharp screws and all that they have on the inside?
I even have nails in one of them.

and the website is laying low for the moment

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:04 am 
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I always bring as many puzzles as possible with me on the plane!
They are not only useful for long flights, they are also nice to use
to socialise with all the passengers around you. In addition, when
flights are not very crowded, I usually invite the flight-attendants
to join the fun too! LOL

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(you may see the lady beside me playing with Oskar's Labyrinth,
me holding my Krystalledron and DoTS, Doug Engel's Palette
sliding puzzle and my Magic Smile on the side - there were more
on my opened tray). And I can assure you, my bag beside me
has always AT LEAST 30 puzzles!

Usually, it almost becomes like a small... puzzle meeting event!

Sadly, puzzles like the Aquadron (contains liquid) or certain metal
ones with sharp parts, should really stay inside the checked-in
luggage, as there a big risk they will take them away from you.

8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:10 am 
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well from the outside your 1x2x5 looks pretty harmless. We ARE having free movements of puzzles in the EU don't we? Just dont bring
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I you're still unsure then go for the bubllewrap (thank you heiowge for the translation).

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:12 am 
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It may be safer to carefully pack your rarer/ valuable/ custom puzzles into a suitcase. Bring a couple of ordinary factory puzzles with you to be entertained in flight. Lost luggage is fairly rare if you take proper precautions and place your contact information both inside and outside your bag. I don't recommend taking custom puzzles with you on flight, because they may have a "tampered" look. Flight personnel are pretty paranoid nowadays about the things people place in their carry-ons. Although it's fairly unlikely anything will get confiscated, if a security guard decides for any reason you can't take something with you on the plane, THEN IT'S DISCARDED AND GONE FOREVER!!! :cry:

I wouldn't put it past a terrorist to try to stuff C4 into a Rubik's Cube. :shock: In the early 80s, I heard Rubik's cubes were banned from a particular prison yard after a police officer found one that was stuffed with cannabis. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:59 am 
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The only time I had problems with puzzles on a plane was leaving Japan. I had 50 pounds of Hanayama cast puzzles in my bag and I did have to open that to show security.

They just laughed at me and asked if I could solve them. My reply was that was why I was taking them on the plane. We did put some in Matt's bag and the bugs as well.

They let me go on. No questions asked.

Leaving for the States this summer, I had a bag full of puzzles as well. Mostly mass produced, but Tony's Nesting Cubes as well. I got a "what the heck is that" took it out twisted it a bit and was not bothered again.

I wouldn't suggest 50 pounds of Hanayama. But I think all the rest should be ok.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:58 am 
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I wouldn't try to bring something like a Revomaze or Isis on a plane.


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:12 pm 
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I started a topic on this a while ago, since then I have figured out that Security officers will be less alarmed if you take out a few puzzles from your carry-on luggage piece of choice and place them in a tray that they usually provide for that reason. Just one or 2 plus any that you think might arouse suspicion. You may also choose to alert them to what you have in your bag. As for checked luggage, make sure to get a fragile sticker for your luggage, and put them all in the same case (if possible) surrounded by clothing and the more valuable ones bubble-wrapped.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:48 pm 
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olz wrote:
Were do I put my puzzles on the plane? do I take it in the plane or in the luggage?
Ola,

The metal screws will set off alarms anyway. If you take your puzzles in your big suitcase, you run the risk that it is picked out for inspection and forwarded to you one or two days later. This happened to me twice while traveling in/from the USA. So if you can take everything in your carry-on luggage, that is what I recommend.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
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I have taken my V-cube 7 and Dogic internationally. I just put it in my personal bag that can go under the seat in front of me.


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:17 pm 
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Keep what you value close to you.

I look forward to inquiries, just for the fun of the looks on their faces, but it doesn't happen very often (just once in London returning from DCD 2007).

The closest I had recently was returning from IPP30. They stopped my carry-on in the scanner and I started to explain that they were seeing puzzles. But it turned out I had merely left my laptop in the bag. They were uninterested in the puzzles. I was a little bit sad :(

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles on airplanes
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Coming back from Denver to SFO my backpack got pulled in the security line, and when I said "You're probably looking for..." the lady who was doing the searching opened the top part of the bag and shouted 'Holy *CRAP*' then held the (partially scrambled) Teraminx up as if it were a bomb and asked "Can you *really* solve this?" Needless to say it was a slow morning at DIA security.

I find that the 7x7 is a great way to break the ice on long flights. I loaned mine to my next-seat neighbor on the way out to Amsterdam, while I solved the Teraminx. No batteries to run down, just gotta be careful when turning (especially the Teraminx - I lost a piece on my DEN-SFO hop and didn't notice it until I got home)


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