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Travel Warning: No raquets on planes

I was traveling in Europe yesterday and just before getting on the plan during the security check a security officer told me that I could not take my raquets onboard as carry-on because they were considered a possible "weapon." Luckly, I had a friend wait in case of this type of situation. The friend took the raquets (which otherwise I would have been forced to leave at the airport). To think that just 3 weeks ago I got on a plan with no hassel and raquets at hand!

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And yet they allow ppl to go onboard with duty-free glass wine and liquor bottles.. Crazy isn't it?

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Yes, I can confirm the racquet thing is right as I took a domestic flight and had the racquet to go on board and she said you have to check that in and I wasn't thrilled.

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you can really kick some a$$ with a raquet

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I once got caned in the back with a tennis racket, and its a fairly good weapon. The fist however is a greater strength, as I then showed in counter-attack.

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Why didn't you just take it anyway? why do you need it with you on the plane?

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Re: Travel Warning: No raquets on planes

Thats wierd, I went to Mexico and back to the US with racquet in hand last year, and no one said anything to me.
I wouldn't want to put my racquet anywhere near the luggage, I guess Im afraid that becuase luggage is so heavy, it might like crack it or snap it in two while its being transferred. Could that actually happen? or am I just Paraniod?

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Thats wierd, I went to Mexico and back to the US with racquet in hand last year, and no one said anything to me.posted by alelysafina
last year isn't yesterday, especially these days in Europe...with all the security precautions taken , u know?

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yeah, I get what your saying.

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i once read something that corretja wrote about it on his site ( http://www.alexcorretja.com/ontour/traveltales/ )

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Sometimes the airlines won’t let you carry racquets on as hand luggage. After Marta, the next thing I want next to me on the plane is my racquets. They go almost everywhere with me, unless I’m going on holidays.

Each year in Australia we always have trouble trying to take our racquets onto the plane for the flight from Sydney to Melbourne. Recently in the United States I’ve been told that tennis racquets could be lethal weapons. I can understand that following the attacks of September 11.

Nadal seems to have been allowed to take his racket with him when he went to Wimbledon ( http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/galle...08/12/25172288 ) and Stuttgart ( http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/galle...93/18/28907623 )

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At least Im not the only Paranoid one

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I'd be petrified if someone waved a tennis racquet at me. I can see my life flash before my eyes just by the thought of it.
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i once read something that corretja wrote about it on his site ( http://www.alexcorretja.com/ontour/traveltales/ )




Nadal seems to have been allowed to take his racket with him when he went to Wimbledon ( http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/galle...08/12/25172288 ) and Stuttgart ( http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/galle...93/18/28907623 )
different rules for first class.
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Re: Travel Warning: No raquets on planes

That seems like a very recent policy change and it can't be going over very well. If that had been me, I might have asked for a supervisor and asked to see the policy in writing (as politely as I could). If this is happening to the players, they cannot be happy about it AT ALL. Rackets are no more a weapon than the pillows and blankets that the airline gives you once you get on board.

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That seems like a very recent policy change and it can't be going over very well. If that had been me, I might have asked for a supervisor and asked to see the policy in writing (as politely as I could). If this is happening to the players, they cannot be happy about it AT ALL. Rackets are no more a weapon than the pillows and blankets that the airline gives you once you get on board.
I would say that the plastic knife and fork you get with your meal on board is a notch above the pillow and blanket in terms of the amount of fear they inspire in the victim.

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