Flying? Don’t Take Your Lens Dust Blower – It Is A Deadly Weapon, Security Says

Dec 18, 2013

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Flying? Don’t Take Your Lens Dust Blower – It Is A Deadly Weapon, Security Says

Dec 18, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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It seems like taking photography gear on airplanes is a tricky business. Not only you take a chance of your things getting lost, but also, you can be suspected of carrying a deadly weapon.

Flying? Better not Take Your Lens Dust Blower Lest Security Mistakes It For a Deadly Rocket

Canon Rumors reader Surapon shares a story on how he was coming back from Greece with his full kit, which among other things contained a Giottos Rocket Air Blower. It is a cushion-like pump that blows air on lenses to push dust away.

And yes – it has fins.

Airport security forced Surapon to throw away the blower because it could be filled with gun powder and be used like a missile.

Here is the account of things from Surapon:

“[Security] just open my back pack, full with 2 Cameras and Lenses, and He pick up The Black Rocket “Big Giottos Blower” and ask me that What is it …
… I told the security staff that, just the Lens Blower, and I grab from his hand and blow the stream air to my face, and tell him that just for clean the dirty lenses…
… [Security] just tell me that I must throw this Rocket away, before he let me out of the terminal …
… His Supervisor explain to him that , If some one put the Gun powder in side if this Rocket Blower, It can fly like the Missile”#

On the other hand, there are more than enough ways to get a weapon in an airport.

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Surapon’s solution? Cut the fins of his next blower.

[My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for safety via chakalakasp] (illustration cc by the The U.S. Army)

P.S. Some people think it is a good idea to place a Gun In Your Luggage to make it travel safely. Just saying.

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5 responses to “Flying? Don’t Take Your Lens Dust Blower – It Is A Deadly Weapon, Security Says”

  1. Loenja Tobias Selter Avatar
    Loenja Tobias Selter

    holy sh** did not expect that kind of power

  2. Sam Dickinson Avatar
    Sam Dickinson

    The rules are so random. I had an A-Clamp confiscated last time I flew, funnily enough the allen keys were fine. I know which one would do more damage in a fight….

  3. Jeffrey Guyer Avatar
    Jeffrey Guyer

    I was once told I couldn’t take mine on a plane because with the tail fins it RESEMBLED something dangerous. I was then told that I could take it on with me if I cut the tail fins off.

  4. CC Avatar
    CC

    TSA: very expensive government-sponsored marketing disguised as “safety”

    1. Bill Avatar
      Bill

      This was in Greece, not the US.