Did you know that you can fall up to 3 years in prison for traveling with a vibrator where you should not? There are many unwritten rules about how to travel by plane with an erotic toy, and here we tell you so that you don't risk taking your “little friend” for a bomb or a gun and having a bad time that you can save yourself.
You are at the airport, waiting to pass the security checkpoint, and the person in charge says that you take out all the electronic devices. You get a cold sweat. Everybody? You decide not to take it out. Total, you don't take out the scissors either and nothing has ever happened to you. You start to think that you should have put it in the suitcase you checked in anyway. You put the suitcase on the x-ray tape, and in doing so, you hit it unintentionally. Your suitcase starts to vibrate. Security personnel start screaming. "Whose suitcase is this ?!" They think it can be a bomb. Two hours later and not only did you miss the flight, but you also had them close the terminal, because they thought you were trying to fly the airport through the air with your sex toy.
Good way to start your summer break.
Luckily, traveling with your sex toy doesn't always have to end this bad. We have consulted with several sources, and we can help you make sure you fly comfortably, and enjoy fully of your deserved vacation.
Do I bill my "little friend"?
First, if you are planning to take a sex toy on vacation, the best, and safest, is that you bill.
So if you can, put your "little friend" in the big suitcase, this way you won't have to worry about size limitations, etc.
However, keep in mind that on the official website of the TSA it says that it is allowed to carry “adult toys” both in the checked bag and in the hand bag, so the decision is yours.
In the carry-on bag
Having said that, it is true that there are times you travel lighter, and you only have hand luggage that will go with you in the cabin. If this is the case, there are several precautions you should take, so as not to confuse your vibrator with a bomb (God free us) as happened to a poor couple at an airport in Germany.
First, according to Travel and Leisure, it is essential that you remove the batteries from your vibrator, or, if it is one that is charged, make sure it is without a battery when it is time to go to the airport.
Then, put it in a plastic bag, just like the ones you will have to store the liquids. Thus, if your suitcase is searched, as an article by SFGate explains, security agents will be able to see at a glance what that suspicious object is about, which they have seen on their screens when scanning your luggage.
Also, in this way, you will prevent them from touching your toy with their gloves, which they wear touching shoes, people, and suitcases all day.
Do not forget that the lubricant counts as a liquid, so you will also have to put it in one of these bags (eye that has to be as much as 100ml to go in the cabin).
Speaking of limits, here, size does matter, since if your toy exceeds 17.5cm you can't take it on the plane, as Food and Travel says. The reason is simple, if you pass these measures it is considered a weapon that you can use to stun. So your little friend will be in the category of nunchucks, and others like American fists. All of them prohibited objects in the cabin, according to SFGate, so I'm afraid you'll have to leave it at home, and choose a smaller toy for your summer.
On the other hand, in Food and Travel they recommend that you choose to bring you toys that are quite obvious and that can be identified at first sight.
That is, if you want to save yourself the discomfort of an agent by asking yourself what it is that you carry in your suitcase, it is still a good idea to bring a toy that has a shape that leaves no doubt (read phallic).
Finally, Travel and Leisure also tells us that it is essential that you leave your nerves at home. There is nothing to be ashamed of, and if you start to get stressed when you pass the checkpoint, the agents will notice, and there they will check your bag.
Keep in mind that they are trained to detect people who seem to hide something and are visibly uncomfortable, so your quiet, after all, is their job.
If, by any chance, it turns out that a security agent decides to check your luggage, assume it. You have not done anything wrong, and when asked about the foreign object that you carry in your suitcase, the best thing will always be to answer the question with sincerity. Be sure that your toy is not going to be the weirdest thing found in a luggage.
Anyway, SFGate tells us that if you don't want the agent to check your suitcase in front of the rest of the passengers on the plane, you can always ask them to do it in private. So that solved.
However, as Food and Travel emphasizes, if all this is causing you stress just thinking about it, you always have the option of sending your toy by mail to your destination.
But, keep in mind that this will require a certain level of organization, since you will have to calculate so that your package is waiting for you when you get off the plane.
When it is better for your "little friend" to stay at home
Unfortunately, according to an investigation by Amantis, if you go to countries like Malawi, Ethiopia, or Vietnam, you better forget your toy. These countries "punish crimes that threaten modesty," and it is better not to tempt fate.
In Vietnam for example, they would confiscate the toy upon arrival at the airport, and, even if they return it to you when you leave the country, it is an experience that you can save.
In addition, this research also indicates that it is better to avoid other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Gambia, Indonesia, India, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore. These countries "punish pornography," and consider erotic toys as pornographic materials, so it is best not to bring any if your destination is on this list.
Finally, another place that best not to approach with one of these toys is the state of Alabama, in the United States. Here, toys have been criminalized since 1998, when the Anti-Obscenity Execution Law was passed.