I have been reading with interest the postings on airport security
and shipping tools. I have a workshop to teach in Tucson in a couple
of weeks. I haven’t packed tools in my luggage since January 1, when
the “search every bag” thing went into effect and I share Andy
I have often flown with my jewelry as a carry on many times since
9/11. This has gone fine for me, but one of my collectors was not so
He was flying from Newark to Seattle for the opening of the new
glass museum, and his carry on bag was searched in Newark Airport.
When he got to his hotel in Seattle he discovered that the small box
with my glass and gold brooch and his prize cufflinks made by
Richard Marquis and Devda Doolan was missing. He called the airport
to report it and was sent a claim form to fill out. He told me that
he was not only shocked to have his possessions stolen, but also
that it happened frequently enough that they actually had a form
ready to fill out. Needless to say, he never got the work back.
We make small objects and someone with good sleight of hand can rip
you off. Keep you eyes open when being searched.
I always give them a card saying I’m a jeweler, and they take me to
a private room with two guards. That way, at least not everyone
knows what you are carrying.