Flying? Don’t Take Your Lens Dust Blower – It Is A Deadly Weapon, Security Says
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.
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.
Surapon’s solution? Cut the fins of his next blower.
P.S. Some people think it is a good idea to place a Gun In Your Luggage to make it travel safely. Just saying.
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.