Getting Through Airport Security With Sex Toys #coop500


cooper-elevenMy luggage gets one of those friendly homeland security notifications almost every time I fly. You know the ones that say:

“Hey, we're friendly, no big, but we had to open your stuff to check things out. This is just a friendly notification. Had we found anything, you'd probably be in a windowless room right now. But we didn't. So…we good?”

I think it's because of the large metal toys I routinely pack. One of the downfalls to being someone with a great sex toy collection is that it's rather hard to leave anything behind. And when your “anything” includes two nJoy Elevens, an nJoy Pure Wand, the custom made “Cooper” and many other interestingly shaped items, well…not only do suitcases get heavy, but they get, shall we say, far more interesting.

Especially in the run up to one of our yearly trips to Desire Resort and Spa, I'm asked almost weekly about getting through airport security with sex toys, or flying with sex toys. It's always asked with that elongated “So……” beginning it.

The tl/dr answer? Airport security has already seen dildos far bigger than yours, far kinkier accoutrements than you're bringing, bigger floggers, longer lengths of rope, more gallons of lube, etc. They've seen it. It's not surprising.

Really, the fact that my luggage gets opened is because some of my devices are oddly shaped (The Cooper) and could, yes, be something else. So my luggage is inspected to verify that no, it's just a giant toy that he probably puts into his ass. We should put it back.

Put anything you want to play with in your checked luggage, leaving off those things that you're not allowed to fly with anyway. Carry on, hmm, well, that's where discretion comes in, I suppose.

I've heard tell that the nJoy Eleven may get taken away from you if you're attempting to carry it on. Homeland Security doesn't have it included (alongside the chainsaw) in the “things you can't carry-on” diorama, but let's be honest here. It's a club. A HEAVY METAL CLUB. And you could very easily brain someone with it. So should you be able to carry it on? Probably not. Check it.

Other items, especially those more obviously geared toward sex (had you never before seen an nJoy Eleven, would YOU peg it as a pleasure object? [see what I did there?]) will likely have little trouble getting through security. Though you may encounter that grumpy TSA agent that wants to embarrass you a bit. But we're all sex positive here, right? We all are confident in our toys.

Confidence that what you're carrying is awesome can make the more otherwise awkward moments better too. Like on our way into Mexico, when the agent monitoring the x-ray called not one but TWO other agents over to point and whisper about what was in the toy suitcase. I gave her a wink when she made eye contact.

Now, the REAL problem with bringing all of that awesome along…suitcase weight restrictions.


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About Cooper Cooper S. Beckett is the co-founder and host of Life on the Swingset: The Podcast since 2010, author of swinging & polyamory novels A Life Less Monogamous and Approaching The Swingularity, and memoir My Life on the Swingset: Adventures in Swinging & Polyamory. He teaches and speaks on swinging, polyamory, pegging, play parties, and coloring outside the boundaries of your sexuality. He is a graphic & web designer, photographer, and voice over artist, has been a guest expert on Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast, & is the announcer of Tristan Taormino’s radio show Sex Out Loud. He is currently working on two instructional non-fiction books, one about beginning non-monogamy, and another about pegging.

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