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#1 FlyingPenguin

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

I was just reading elsewhere on here a story about someone who had their Tridil confiscated in Japan because the bottle said 'Nitroglycerin'. I have also heard for many years all manner of stories (some believable and some not) about fixed wing crews being held at gunpoint and asked for bribe money, about pilots bringing alcohol with them to slip to security guards, and of crews being detained for days at a time. Does anyone have any legitimate horror stories to share? Or any unpleasant experiences? I have not done much international but never had a problem, but I can see where sometimes there could be issues. Not necessarily major international events but being hassled by security folks.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:09 PM

Since no one has chimed in yet, here's one for thought:

http://www.tcmtr.org...nned/index.html
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:12 AM

I was just reading elsewhere on here a story about someone who had their Tridil confiscated in Japan because the bottle said 'Nitroglycerin'. I have also heard for many years all manner of stories (some believable and some not) about fixed wing crews being held at gunpoint and asked for bribe money, about pilots bringing alcohol with them to slip to security guards, and of crews being detained for days at a time. Does anyone have any legitimate horror stories to share? Or any unpleasant experiences? I have not done much international but never had a problem, but I can see where sometimes there could be issues. Not necessarily major international events but being hassled by security folks.



The " Nitroglycerin" in Japan was myself. Tokyo Narita Airport as we were trying to fly back to the USA. Was an interesting conversation with the Japanese security guys, trying to get them to understand it was medicine, and not dynamite.....LOL...... Finally i just said, you can keep it, they gave us our passports back and on our way we went.....True Story.....

Another true story, I took an american citizen out of the West Bank of Israel who allegedly was " Not that sick", when i got there, patient was in the ICU, central line, pressor, and some other stuff i don't remember, it was just me, as it was suppose to be an escort flight home, but, i brought all of the equipment just in case, anyways, this was back when car bombs were going off in Tel Aviv on a daily basis. We had a military convoy from the hospital to Ben Gurion airport, got to the airport around 530am, Israeli security comes into the ambulance, looks at all my equipment, takes my drug bag, passport, etc, takes me inside and proceeds to ask my why i have so much narcotics with me. LOL........Now, for those of you who have never been to Israel or dealt with the Israelis, I can tell you, they have the best security in the WORLD......The US fails in comparison to those guys......Anyways, got literally interrogated for 45 minutes, they ran my passport, called the american embassy, embassy guy shows up, i explain whats going on, 15 minutes later, they come back and give me my drugs back, and tell me i am free to take the patient on the plane. CRAZY.....Oh yeah, 24 hours later when i got back to Chicago with the patient, i was watching CNN and the exact road i had traveled from the hospital to the airport a car bomb went off in front of a busy breakfast place and killed like a dozen people...........Hence the military escort i had from the hospital........

I know some fixed wing crews who have flown into some places in mexico where they were accosted for money in order to get their passports back......The entire plane was searched, some of their drugs ended up missing, etc........So, it DOES happen...........When i got hired at AirEvac Services in phoenix, they told us in orientation what to bring and not to bring with you on fixed wing flights to mexico..........

I have done a lot of international work, and every flight is interesting, something always seems to happen..........

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:47 AM

I was just reading elsewhere on here a story about someone who had their Tridil confiscated in Japan because the bottle said 'Nitroglycerin'. I have also heard for many years all manner of stories (some believable and some not) about fixed wing crews being held at gunpoint and asked for bribe money, about pilots bringing alcohol with them to slip to security guards, and of crews being detained for days at a time. Does anyone have any legitimate horror stories to share? Or any unpleasant experiences? I have not done much international but never had a problem, but I can see where sometimes there could be issues. Not necessarily major international events but being hassled by security folks.


Don't have any personal horror stories, but I heard plenty of stories from pilots of my previous program where bribes had to be handed out to get what was needed. Not the same standards in other countries as in the US. Other than being "detained", the other examples would not surprise me in the least.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

Crazy!! Did your program provide you with a satellite phone or did you have one on-board? Did you carry contact information for the local embassies when you went someplace unusual? I'm having visions from the Jurassic Park movie where they do the emergency take-off being chased by a T-Rex :)
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:18 PM

Crazy!! Did your program provide you with a satellite phone or did you have one on-board? Did you carry contact information for the local embassies when you went someplace unusual? I'm having visions from the Jurassic Park movie where they do the emergency take-off being chased by a T-Rex :)


I lived in Europe for 10 years, so, I have traveled the world, and now, when i travel i ALWAYS take along embassy information. I also signed up with the state department and when i travel, they know where i am traveling to, duration,( they track your passport) etc, makes life MUCH easier should you need their help.

Now, obviously, when i was in afghanistan for 10 weeks back in 2010, i was on the military base at Kandahar, so, not a big concern should something gone wrong. Went to Morocco after that, and passed along all my travel plans to the state department.

Always carry a sat phone with me when i go someplace sketchy. You can rent one for very cheap. Just depends on where I am going and if i have been there before or not.

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