carry on your chains & whips – get your bag of complimentary chips?

what goes better than apple pie & chevrolet this 4th of July? this is for or those traveling by plane this holiday weekend…in case your inquiring minds wanted to know:

TRIP TIPS – carry on or check it when flying the fetish skies

The San Francisco Chronicle recently got confirmation from TSA officials that there are more items specifically allowed in carry-on luggage than you might expect. Among them are whips, chains, handcuffs, vibrators, and other personal “toys” that don’t exceed certain measurements—in other words, they’re OK to go as long they don’t become “club-like.”

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for more on Sex toys and the security checkpoint By Harriet Baskas, msnbc.com contributor:

The TSA’s website has a detailed list of items such as certain sports equipment, firearms, explosives and other potentially dangerous objects prohibited in a carry-on bag.

If you’re wondering whether or not that vibrator, sex toy or other X-rated object will make it through the airport security checkpoint, however, you’re pretty much on your own.

“Our list, while as complete as possible, leaves discretion in the hands of our trained work force to identify items that could constitute a threat to passengers and aviation security,” said TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez. “TSA recommends removing batteries from items that may inadvertently activate during the screening process.”

So how do you know what sort of sex paraphernalia is OK to carry-on?

A “same as” approach may help.

“Look on the TSA list. Where it says ‘fluids,’ think ‘lubricants.’ Where it says ‘electronic devices,’ think ‘massagers,’” said Brian Alexander, an msnbc.com contributor and author of “America Unzipped: The Search for Sex and Satisfaction.”

While vibrators, whips, chains and manacles are OK in carry-on luggage, according to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, some X-rated objects, such as anatomically correct cylinders “a foot or so in length,” should be packed in checked luggage because they fall in the TSA category that prohibits putting items like billy clubs and brass knuckles in carry-on bags.

Once you’ve determined whether or not your sex toy can fly, taking it along depends on how comfortable you are “with the possibility that a TSA guy might go rooting through your carry-on,” said Alexander. “The fact is they see lots of toys already because many people travel with vibrators.”

Sex toy or not, if you’re worried that any item in your carry-on might create an uncomfortable situation at the security checkpoint, you always have the right to request a private screening.

If you do find yourself pulled aside for questioning, Alexander’s advice is to hold your head high. “You have every right to travel with personal products. You do not need to explain how anything works or answer any ‘why’ questions. If somebody smirks or makes fun, report them. We have a right to expect that people empowered to go through our personal things treat everybody with respect no matter what they see.”

**picture from SF Gate

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