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Old 09-14-2004, 06:33 PM   #7
Aardvark
Dojo: Hill End
Location: Brisbane
Join Date: Mar 2004
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Re: Iaito and bokkens @ Airport customs

I havent experienced any difficulty in most airports / airlines with my weapons. Security will generally want to take a look, but so long as they are checked baggage, it shouldn't be an issue. The biggest problems I encountered was leaving Tokyo - my weapons bags were inspected a couple of times, but I have found "aikido" to be a magic word in asia & especially Japan - it will open doors like nothing else.

Simply declare them as sporting practice equipment & she should be apples mate

Depending on Canadian quarantine laws, you might have trouble importing wood products from overseas. I expected grief when I came into Australia, but they were pretty relaxed about it - I guess because bokken have obviously been processed / worked???

Cheers & good luck,

Aaron
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