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Old Feb 12th 2011, 4:48 pm
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Hi all,

I'm back and now in need of a holiday!

Coming through the airport I yet again had my bags checked- I don't think I have ever come through without being pulled aside- now despite what you may think I don't look shifty or dodgy so why do I always get checked? Is it being a single female traveller? does anyone else get pulled over every time they fly in?

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Hi all,

I'm back and now in need of a holiday!

Coming through the airport I yet again had my bags checked- I don't think I have ever come through without being pulled aside- now despite what you may think I don't look shifty or dodgy so why do I always get checked? Is it being a single female traveller? does anyone else get pulled over every time they fly in?

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Only once here... but I once did a job in Istanbul for 6 weeks and would commute back and forth each week to London. I would get stopped every time without fail on entering and leaving Turkey. I even got pulled out of the check-in queue once and taken to a separate room to be searched.

just be humble.
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Originally Posted by kittycat1 View Post
Hi all,

I'm back and now in need of a holiday!

Coming through the airport I yet again had my bags checked- I don't think I have ever come through without being pulled aside- now despite what you may think I don't look shifty or dodgy so why do I always get checked? Is it being a single female traveller? does anyone else get pulled over every time they fly in?

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Never ever for me, and I do look dodgy.
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Never ever for me, and I do look dodgy.
Only been stopped once in Doha by a very ignorant customs officer who made me lift my suitcase onto a high bench and then asked where I was travelling from and did I have any videos - he then wrote something in Arabic on my case with white chalk - it was the old airport that looked like a shed so I expect they are a bit more organised now......
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Only once here... but I once did a job in Istanbul for 6 weeks and would commute back and forth each week to London. I would get stopped every time without fail on entering and leaving Turkey. I even got pulled out of the check-in queue once and taken to a separate room to be searched.

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You must look dodgy then!! Not suprised that you had problems renting a car in AD
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we got stopped the last time we came through - family with 2 small ratty children, bags full of booze from the Duty Free and er, quite a few food-stuffs and a plastic bottle of cooking brandy in the suitcase... they put everything through the x-ray (not the kids) and didn't even look at the screen. Tick.
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Never going in to Dubai which is nice -even though I look a little bit eeeee and a little bit oooo

But they don't appreciate 'my type in the U.S where I do get stopped and questioned every damn time.
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You must look dodgy then!! Not suprised that you had problems renting a car in AD
it all became a bit of a joke. On that particular occasion, I was also stopped just before I got on to the plane and searched again. They were clearly looking for something / someone and thought that person was me but I have no idea what.
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it all became a bit of a joke. On that particular occasion, I was also stopped just before I got on to the plane and searched again. They were clearly looking for something / someone and thought that person was me but I have no idea what.
well, they stopped me once arrived from London, I think they spotted some binoculars I had and the girls wanted to know if they were night vision and the 'size' so they kept asking ''how big is it'' asked what they said the thing..I was like ohh that? its medium

mind you this was just immediate after Kidon boys did that Al Bustan job with the Hamas dude, so I understood.
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Bag seach only once in 2 1/2 years coming into AUH. Most interest was in the DVDs, he wasn't too sure about The Big Bang Theory given Penny's (?) boobs on the cover, but it was a pretty cursory check. Always get pulled over at LBA, bag x-rayed and asked if I aware that its illegal to bring certain things into the UK.
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Hi all,

I'm back and now in need of a holiday!

Coming through the airport I yet again had my bags checked- I don't think I have ever come through without being pulled aside- now despite what you may think I don't look shifty or dodgy so why do I always get checked? Is it being a single female traveller? does anyone else get pulled over every time they fly in?

xxx

Flying into DXB - 9/10 times

Flying into LGW - every bloody time!

I don't look like a scruffy mess, I have decent luggage, I am not nervous so I don't know why.

Conclusion: I must look really dodgy
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Flying into DXB - 9/10 times

Flying into LGW - every bloody time!

I don't look like a scruffy mess, I have decent luggage, I am not nervous so I don't know why.

Conclusion: I must look really dodgy
Definately, you look like a drug lord.
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never been stopped for my bags to be searched, thank god, what a pain in the arse...but always set off the bleepy thing and have to be frisked...

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never been stopped for my bags to be searched, thank god, what a pain in the arse...but always set off the bleepy thing and have to be frisked...

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I never set it off.

What are you doing wrong?
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I never set it off.

What are you doing wrong?
i used to think it was the underwire in my bra, but then everyone would set it off...so i honestly don't know...

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