Sex toys through airport security

Can I take my sex toys through airport security?

One of the top things that caught our eye this week was a fantastic agony aunt question over on A worried reader wanted to take some sexy toys on holiday floggers, cuffs, that kind of thing, and asked if they would get into trouble with airport security.

We’ve heard of people getting worried about battery-operated toys – no one wants to have their bag searched only for security to pull out a rabbit vibrator in front of the whole terminal – but this was an intriguing twist.

The question? Am I likely to get in trouble for bringing BDSM equipment through airport security?

The wonderful Molly Moore gave her answer, and it’s eye-opening! Sure, she says, there might be problems with anything that’s seen as a weapon, but she and her partner have:

“travelled back and forth between the USA and the UK with a vast array of toys in our suitcase including floggers, crops, lockable wrist cuffs, rope, candles, a Wartenberg wheel, butt plugs and a selection of insertables, mainly glass dildos.”

If you’re planning a sexy stay abroad, visit the link above to see the rest of her advice.

Can I take vibrators through airport security?

Of course it’s not just bondage equipment and whips that you need to be aware of if you’re traveling to other countries. Anything that buzzes or vibrates is a no-no in your hand luggage. That’s not to say you can’t take toys with you (what better way to make the most of that special hotel room?) but you should always remove any batteries before packing, and ideally stow them in your checked luggage if you want to avoid embarassment at the gate.

If you’re taking mains-powered toys, there’s an extra step to consider: the plug sockets and voltage of the country you’re traveling to.

Toys sold in the UK are safe to use in our power outlets, which have a voltage of 230 and a frequency of 50 Hz, but depending on where you are in the world the voltage may range from 100 to 240 volts. Check the instructions on the toy (or toys!) you’re planning to bring, and the information on electrical supply for the country you’re going to. When you’ve got this info to hand, have a look at the advice given by the Electrical Safety Council (now called ‘Electrical Safety First’) about using electrical appliances abroad. They can help you work out whether you need to buy a plug adaptor and/or voltage converters and adaptors that you might want to buy, as well as how to use electrical appliances safely on your holiday.

The good news is that this advice applies no matter what you’re using – be it a rechargeable vibrator or a pair of hair straighteners! If you check the instructions and make sure you pack any converters you might need, your toys can come with you on holiday and ensure you make the most of a fun and sexy trip.

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