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I found this delight when looking for something suitable for my Blog . Sadly the image is rather small so the detail is lost but you lucky so and so's who live near enough to the National Gallery can see this in the flesh as it were. Otherwise search under Antonio Mancini on Google iMages adn you may get a large image.

Its real title is "The Customs" and it is perfectly clear that the folly of travellers have not changed a great deal since Antonio Mancini, the painter, depicted this . It is ,I am sure, a sight many are familair with at airports, the phenominum of the silly bint who has managed to pack her airline ticket and passport in one of her many suitcases and then is horrified when she is told that the airline have limited passengers to one bag per person and refuses to pay excess luggage. She no doubt will also have failed to remove her swiss army knife fom her handbag and has not packed her toiletries in clear plastic bags so will be forced to take herself and her matching luggage to the end of the check in desk... isnt it reassuring that some things remain unchanged by time!

Posted at 16th Apr 2008 - 09:46AM   Posted by Unpeuloufoque   Travelling light! Comments: 14

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Muddyboots's Avatar there is always one isn't there! Underwear everywhere as a repacking session gets underway. Shoes off, belts off as we walk through the metal detector..beep beep - thats the wire in my bra and the screws in my knees!

Posted by: Muddyboots on 16th Apr 2008 at 10:23AM

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Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Which is why of course poor Loic never flies these days, terribly hard explainging that its the hoe attachement on his leg that has set the metal detectors off, for some reasont hey never beleive him.Crying or Very sad

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 16th Apr 2008 at 10:26AM

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Faith's Avatar I don't wear my menopause magnet when I fly - imagine setting off the bleepers and security finding this strange button attached to my knickers!

Posted by: Faith on 16th Apr 2008 at 11:02AM

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Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Oh Faith think of the fun you'd have and how embarrised they'd be!!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 16th Apr 2008 at 11:28AM

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Muddyboots's Avatar seem to recall on passing from Jordan to Israel, the Israeli custom's officer, a mere slip of a girl l might add, had the most awful problems with her scanner as l waked through, walking boots had a metal strip running through the sole, my knees had screws in plus the afore mentioned underwiring! thought l would be in 'no man's land' for the rest of my life!

Posted by: Muddyboots on 16th Apr 2008 at 12:28PM

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Pondside's Avatar I think I was behind Muddy in that line-up! ....or behind the girl in the photo. My poor Dad - when we went to California last spring he had a tub of old fashioned, solid shaving soap. The people at screening had a fit every time - called in supervisors until they could find someone who knew what it was. Of course, Dad being a logical man, was ready every time to tell them just what it was but they couldn't possibly listen to an old man who just might want to blow them up with shaving soap.

Posted by: Pondside on 16th Apr 2008 at 01:15PM

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Unpeuloufoque's Avatar I once had my leather bound surveyors tape conviscated from me at Frankfurt airport but not my penknife..I presume they thought I looked the type to rush the captain and tie him up with a 9 yards of imperially marked out linen ,or whatever the tape was made from, and hijack teh aircraft but not teh type to stab him as well..

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 16th Apr 2008 at 01:29PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Oh Un Peu laughing at you trying to hi-jack the plane with a tape measure . . quite right of them to take it off you - clearly very dangerous . . .Rolling Eyes Laughing

Posted by: Westerwitch on 16th Apr 2008 at 01:54PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Oh but thank goodness they left you with your penknife - I mean you might have been called upon to take stones out of the planes tyres.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 16th Apr 2008 at 01:55PM

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Fennie's Avatar Thanks for the tips. This time tomoz, all being well, we should be passing over Chateau Loufoque on the way to the Mill. I'll wave if I'm near a window.

And talking of plane tyres - why don't they have little vanes on them so that they rotate in the breeze and therefore are whizzing round merrily by touchdown? It would save an awful lot of rubber and screech and nasty black marks on the nice clean tarmac. I have asked many people this. All say 'good idea' but none say why it can't be done. The thought must have occurred to countless others.

Posted by: Fennie on 16th Apr 2008 at 03:25PM

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Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Indeed Fewnie and I suspect Heath RObinson were he alive today would be happy to help out..such a splendid image!! I shall look for a whirling wheeeld windmill powered aircraft flying over tomorrow and wave back!!!Do be carefull tho dear the buzzards around here are lethal and I would hate one of them to nip off a finger whilst you waved! Perhaps you might be better waving a flag or even keeping the window closed?

ps Miss AMANDA DELACOURT ASKED OT BE REMEMBERED TO YOU...

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 16th Apr 2008 at 04:38PM

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Very HappyI've just been to your blog and couldnt leave a commentSad I've missed you soooooo much!! A tape measure ! Rules gone barmy xxxLaughing

Posted by: Bodran on 16th Apr 2008 at 06:59PM

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I love this! I simply hate travelling light and the rules today are a terrible thing for me. But I understand why and abide by them. Then find I am missing half of the items I need. because I could not find anyway of packing them.

I love trunks and remember my Grandmother had beautiful luggage. Sadly I do not know what happened to it as when she died. Would love to have kept it.

Posted by: Crucifix on 16th Apr 2008 at 08:31PM

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Milla's Avatar very funny, un peu. We, quite rightly, harrumph, had a pink plastic water pistol confiscated from my then 7 year old's luggage. Dread to think what international incident we might have triggered if the little lad had been allowed on board with it.

Posted by: Milla on 17th Apr 2008 at 01:16PM

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