E is for EMA

EMA is the airline code, Nottingham airport to give it its official title, East Midlands airport in the vernacular.

I’ve only used this airport twice, flying to and from Sofia.


It’s a fair sized provincial airport in the rough centre of England, when I used it, there were a few shops, a duty free area, a pub, the usual things we find in British airports.

The thing that made it stand out for me though was a large box, just after the security area. It was big, maybe 2m by 1m and at least 1m deep, full of articles confiscated by travellers. Things that people wanted to take on board with them.


There were things that were immediately recognisable, Swiss army knives in their hundreds, lighters and matches. There were things that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a 50 Shades film.

There were things that I knew and could just about understand why they were there. There were carving knives, 8″ long steel bladed carving knives. I suppose a family heading off on their holidays to a self catering apartment, who’d never flown may have made the mistake.


There was though, one thing, that I will never understand. Why would anyone want to take, as hand luggage, on a plane, a 3 foot long double bladed sword? Why? What possible use could you have of that on board? Clipping your toenails as you head to the sun?  Even now, nearly 10 years after seeing that, I giggle as I go through airport security, wondering how many sword wielding passengers I have on my flight.

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8 Responses to E is for EMA

  1. Oops – I did bring a replica kris back from a holiday in Malaysia the 1980. It was in hold baggage, though.

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    • And that, Sir, is the solution in a nutshell. I’ve bought all manner of nefarious items back from my travels in my hold baggage. I have even bought things back in the cabin with the relevant paperwork, but the idea of wandering aboard a plane with a sword in my bag is just a touch beyond me.

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  2. Alex Hurst says:

    I think it may be related to the fact that it was valuable (though why they allowed it to be confiscated is a good question). My girlfriend, N J, tried to check her kyudo arrows and they said they’d be safer in the carryon… but they were arrows, which she tried to explain to the woman who should have known better that they weren’t allowed. 😛 But nifty… sword!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant


  3. greyzoned/angelsbark says:

    Now that’s just downright scary that someone tried to bring a sword on the airline! I hate flying anyway. Some items you can just forget that you have on you or not think they’d be objectionable (like my jewelry making tools, which are not allowed), but you have to wonder about some of those items. Fun post!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    • I fly often with work, so its just another form of transport for me these days, until I see something like a large double bladed sword lying in a box of confiscated items!!! I can sort of understand why jewellery making tools wouldn’t be allowed, but only sort of.
      Many thanks for stopping by.


  4. louvargas2014 says:

    INCREDIBLE that people this this is OK to bring through on a plane!!! Lunatics….

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