Airline Travel with Pellets + Slugs: Watch out!
Where I live (Peru) pellets are expensive, and choices are very limited. So, I like buying them where they are cheaper and give me all the options.
I just found a seller in Germany where I get a 500-tin of JSB 15.89gr for $11
. The seller's shipping inside Europe (EU) is very reasonable.
So, I planned to stock up on pellets on a recent trip to Germany.
Since pellets are heavy, I rather not use up my precious 23kg (=50lbs) per checked luggage
— and instead, put those heavy suckers in my hand luggage
An acquired distrust
of anything airlines and airport security however told me: "Test this first before they take away thousands of your pellets!"
So, I put some pellets as guinea pigs
in my hand luggage on the flight to Germany. (Mind you, in Peru they eat guinea pigs, in restaurants they are priced like a T-bone steak....)
Changing planes in Madrid, Spain, and — ˇBUSTED!
Oh, the security personnel was mad. I know, the situation was really dangerous — I could literally have blown up the whole Madrid airport
with a handfull of tiny rounded lead pieces.... 😱
Thankfully, airport security prevented this disaster by confiscating my airrifle pellets.
Well, now I need to convince my family members why they should leave behind all those wonderful things they bought in Germany — in order for me to fill their checked baggage with my airgun pellets...!
Wish me luck! 'cause I'll need it!