"A sex toy convention".
I knew as soon as the words came out of my mouth that I was in for a hassle. I was just trying to be honest. After all, isn't that the best policy when you're crossing the border into the U.S.?
Well, maybe not if you're en route to speak at a sex toy party convention.
Right ma'am, pull your car over there, please.
The four custom guys stifled giggles as they spent the next half hour pulling my car apart looking for... for what, semi-automatic weapons disguised as Rabbit Pearl vibrators? Cocaine-injected dildos?
When they were satisfied I didn't in fact have a trunk full of illegal French ticklers or whatever it was they were looking for, they sent me on my way.
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Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Policy
Josey Vogols also provides a bit of practical information:
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has no official policy when it comes to traveling with sex toys, and while their website lists hundreds of items that are and aren't allowed in your carry on -- Yaqua blowguns: illegal; snow globes:
legal -- there is no mention of anything even remotely sex-toy related.
I called the 1-800 number to inquire if I could bring vibrators and lube in my carry-on for an upcoming lecture in another city. The lube would be fine as long as it was 100ml or less. The vibrators? Also fine as long as I didn't pack spare
batteries in my checked luggage. Handcuffs and whips? One second ma'am, I'll have to check. When he came back on the line, he told me that only cops and security people can bring handcuffs on board. The cuffs and whips would have to go in my
checked bag. Good to know. Thank you sir. No problem ma'am. Have a nice day.
US Transportation Security Administration
The Transportation Safety Administration has decreed that vibrators are OK. The TSA says whips, chains, leashes, restraints and manacles are OK, too. Any law-abiding citizen has the right to carry any such device onto an airplane.
TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said passengers could save time with a little common sense. Inspectors are doing their job. They are trained professionals and they know a vibrator when they see one. They will not confiscate a vibrator. But they are
trained to pay attention to electronic devices. Inspectors inspect, he said. If you don't want us to see it, don't bring it.
Passengers carrying certain X-rated objects that are defined as club-like should place them in checked luggage. This applies to anatomically correct cylinders of roughly a foot or so in length. Melendez said such cylinders or shafts would
fall within the broad category that includes billy clubs, black jacks, brass knuckles, nunchakus and martial arts weapons. All of those items are OK in checked luggage but not in carry-on luggage.
Shorter cylindrical items could very well be legal, however. They would fall into the tool category. The TSA says screwdrivers, wrenches and other hand tools may be brought aboard in carry-on luggage if they are less than 7 inches in
length. In other words, according to the TSA, size matters.