Sunday, October 17, 2010


No, no -- not the beach or the sand or the sun or the wind. Cancun, Mexico is a lovely place. Those Caribbean blues in the water were perfect -- I understand some of the thread dyes now!
The hotel was marvelous -- the only places with four walls, doors, and windows were the individual rooms and a couple of the restaurants. Everything else was open, on patios or under palapas. The people were marvelous and so patient with my very poor Spanish. I can count, say hello and goodbye, and know a smattering of other useless words (like sombrero, and burro -- fortunately "Coca-Cola" and "Fanta Orange" appear to be Spanish.)
Chichen-Itza was a wonder, truly. I never realized how large the area is and how many buildings there were. The building precision was amazing to see, and the carvings equally so.
Cancun was a lovely place for a wedding! (Nope, not mine -- my niece's, which made it even better.)

So...what's dangerous you ask? I'll show you:

Yes. It's the dreaded Aero Shuttle in all it's drab grayness. I flew down to Mexico with six of these weapons in my carry on bag and happily tatted in the plane all the way down. I came home without six of these dangerous items. I do hope you all feel safer in your homes and in the skies.

However, just so you know, these are NOT dangerous:

Go figure.

Let this just serve as a reminder (which I didn't even think about) that just because you can travel through the airports in your own country with your tatting shuttles, knitting needles (my sister's are gracing some airport security lockup in Cancun), and crochet hooks, it doesn't follow that you can travel with them in some other country. Perhaps on my next trip my nice wooden lucet will have to come along for the ride.


***Jon**** said...

Oh dear! What a way to end a lovely vacation. I wonder if the airport security people tat, and there is another reason for withholding the Aeros, lol.

I am planning a trip later this year and the hardest part is thinking of how to carry my tatting tools with me.

Miranda said...

Ah, yes, the tatting shuttle, favorite weapon of terrorists worldwide. Now we know why real Aeros are so hard to come by.

With great effort, if you've already knocked out everyone else on the plane, you could maybe put the pilot's eyes out with the hook. Sheesh.

My Gingher embroidery scissors are, according to the TSA website, permitted on US flights. I could probably stab someone in the carotid artery with them. I have given up trying to fathom what is and isn't allowed; I just pack all my tatting supplies in my checked luggage and stick with reading on board.

What a bummer to lose that many shuttles, especially ones that are not easy to replace.

Marty said...

Ahhh, Miranda, these were not English Aeros, they were the German Aeros. I can replace them for under $3.00 each. It's a very small chunk of the budget -- and I have a pile of them in my tatting bag. I never even think of traveling with my fancy shuttles (my Chris Hinton Dragon, my Pop-a-Bobbin, or my David Reed Smith shuttles). Those stay safely home where they're less likely to meet with a mischief!

Gina said...

I have noticed that in my travels too. The closer you are to a border, the more restrictive they are. I think they should at least provide a way to mail "dangerous" items home. They haven't realized how much money they could make doing that, I guess.

❦TattingChic said...

Oh, man! I'd be furious!!! I'm glad the vacay was nice otherwise!

Jane Eborall said...

SO pleased it wasn't England Aeros that got stolen. Perhaps the thief is a 'closet tatter'!!! I often wonder what those people do with all the things they confiscate.

Val said...

marty, i understand how you feel about those shuttles being labelled "dangerous"! i almost had my clovers and another pair with rounded tips confiscated when i went through my own country airport couple of months back. they were only saved because another security officer realised i had tatted a short length of lace, still attached to the clover. phew! i would have been really hopping mad too, if they took those. shuttles are not cheap at all here. but, i never ventured to take scissors nor nail clippers onboard. we'd been warned.

guess we have to stick to reading... like you said, onboard those boring long flights.

'RainbowRose' Connie Faulconer said...

WoW! My neighbor who does some flying and usually knitting, says they usually tell here she can take her needles, but just to be on the save side to take an addressed envelope so she can mail them back home, if need be.

I'm surprised you weren't given that option.

Hmmmm *starting to feel glad I don't fly*.

Sorry about you loosing your goodies :(

Liyarra said...

Sadly the same here Marty. British Airways frowned upon my shuttles yet my super sharp scissors were ok as long as the blades were under 4 inches!!!!!!!!!
Go figure.
Airlines - think....would you not rather just have happy tatty people who go along and do something other than bug YOU the whole trip????????? really!!!!