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We are stressing over a ball
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It’s a beautiful day in Hong Kong and we are stressing over a ball.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

As far as I know, NAIA is the only airport that X-rays your luggage before you can even enter the airport.
On Wednesday, the guy who checks the monitor spotted my 7-year-old son’s basketball inside the luggage and said we would have to leave it behind as “air” is not allowed inside the luggage. WTF.
My son started to stress and Jeroen was frantically thinking of how to remove the “air” from the basketball.
I told them not to worry as I knew an airport escort who could keep the ball for us until we returned to Manila.
Upon hearing that (with the traffic building up behind us) the X-ray dude let us go.
So now my dear son and husband are stressing over how to remove the air as we return with the ball to Manila on Easter Sunday.
Is there anyone in Cathay Pacific who could verify if we can take this ball home as it is?
We are trying to call Cathay, but the phone in this hotel is not user-friendly. It is stressing us more trying to get a call through Cathay Pacific.
Please leave a comment if you know whether balls are not allowed to travel on planes.
Thank you in advance and I shall miss this, Hong Kong Disneyland.

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your download speed here at home is fast. but i think your upload speed needs improvement because i know that’s what you need more. i love your download speed.

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CVS Reply:

yup. i need upload speed to blog efficiently

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Mariapurisima91

Off topic lang, you are lucky if they ask for your items or confiscate them right in your face. Eh kami, we were heading to my sister’s wedding abroad and then when we arrived to that specific country, ubos footwears namin. Stress Drilon kasi the next day na ang kasal. Eeek!

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I carried an inflated American football on the way home from LAX to MNL on a PAL flight. No hassles at all. The airport personnel who saw me at LAX even asked me if I knew how to throw a spiral and when I show them some of them even clapped and whistled 🙂 and they even returned the watch that I accidentally left on a case during the body and pocket inspections.

I guess as a rule, for all balls/inflated stuff, its better to travel with a pin.

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It’s not just Pinoys naman guys… My cousin was in CDG and had 5 bottles of Fauchon pate which they were telling her were not allowed on the plane. And she sensed they just wanted it for themselves, so yes, she also opened each one and dumped them all in the bin!!

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Chachadeleon

ate chuva, EY is Etihad Airways. Airline from UAE. 🙂

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CVS Reply:

oh! Ginggay’s favorite. I should try it some time

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Guest

I’m working as cabin crew for EY and a safety and security memo was released to us recently regarding inflated items on-board e.g. balls/balloons. Such items are not allowed to be carried inside the cabin, it ‘may’ not burst but it will sure expand at altitude when the cabin is pressurized. You can observe this in the bag of chips you bring inside the cabin. If some have successfully transported inflated items in the aircraft whether in the cabin or in the cargo hold that doesn’t mean it’s 100% guaranteed okay and safe. It’s a safety risk we don’t want… Read more »

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Mars_guerra

very well said… I used to work with EK and I know that inflated items are not really allowed on board (i mean they can carry it for as long as it is deflated).. for all of us working in the airline we all know this. reading the comments from this site from people who are not really aware about the inflight safety makes me realize that a lot of Filipinos has so little confidence with our airport official that they may think that this simple “bawal thing” has “ulterior motives” with it. I don’t know if i will be… Read more »

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i agree with Pia M. better to go to a sports shop and deflate the ball. Hk airport is also strict on carry on luggage due to my experience with a racket bag.

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Anonymous

Hmm. My mom was able to bring in a ball from the Philippines to Australia via PAL. But it was a small ball, though — it was a gift for a toddler. So maybe that’s why it was allowed? Kasi maliit lang? Dunno.

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two years ago, we were on our way to Davao from Manila with my son and his ball. The personnel in-charge in the check-in counter told us we cannot carry the ball whether in our luggage or as hand-carried baggage. But he took the initiative of deflating the ball for us himself.

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Yna_moi

just include it with the rest of your checked-in luggage

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triccieps

I think this is because of the cabin pressure. Baka sumabog yung ball. Seriously. I remember before we rode a small plane to Palawan. We had bags of chips with us. We all got scared because we heard something popping. Kala namin kung ano na, even the pilot was worried. Yung bag of chips pala. Sumabog kasi sa pressure. So that’s prolly what they’re trying to avoid. Look for a sports shop there in HK, they should have that pin that you use to inflate and deflate the ball. Yun ball pin na may open head. [Reply]CVS Reply:April 22nd, 2011… Read more »

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Jackie

Maybe the hotel can help deflate the ball?

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hope this helps 🙂

Inflated objects
Inflated objects, including inflated balls for sporting purposes such as basketballs, are restricted to be carried on board unless those objects have been fully deflated before boarding.

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Catherine

Balls can travel but needs to be deflated. You can probably ask for a needle to remove the air.

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Cheregioskos

thats really odd. my kids brought their rugby balls from australia via singair and it was in the luggage no problem. maybe check with the hotel if they can deflate it before your flight back? and if not,just take it on carry on. they allow it

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najusa

Hay naku, this just happened to me last week! I was coming home from the u.s. with the one and only pasalubong my son asked me for (which is an original jabulani ball fr the world cup series) i decided to hand carry it bec i bought it right before going to the airport, and the CX staff told me the same thing, sorry you cant take it on the plane unless you deflate it, i dint have a pin, only a pen and neither did they. I asked why, pero walang explanation, basta di daw pwede. so i said… Read more »

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no inflated objects on board. =D

http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_HK/helpingyoutravel/prohibiteditems#P

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Leyende Leyende Reply:

what about policies re: checking basketball in? (the link covers carry-on items only). was able to check in an air pistol and CO2 refill via Northwest Airlines before (long time ago)… which i think is more hazardous than an inflated basketball.

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CVS Reply:

thank you!

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what about policies re: checking basketball in? (the link covers carry-on items only). was able to check in an air pistol and CO2 refill via Northwest Airlines before (long time ago)… which i think is more hazardous than an inflated basketball.

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Mbdales

Hi. Based on my experience with PAL yesterday, they allowed my son to check the ball in, with air and all, and claim it with the rest of his luggage upon arrival in MNL, since he wasnt allowed to bring it with him as carry on luggage.
Some airlines also have the needle thingie to deflate the ball so you can bring it with you, that much I know, Ms. C.
So maybe different airlines have varied policies on that?

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gailie

from what i know, you should deflate the ball because it may burst due to cabin pressure at the aircraft.

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neva

Here’s a list of prohibited items via TSA http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm Basketball is not on the list. And I think if you check it in there should be no problem. I could check in an airgun with CO2 inside and a CO2 tank, which is mroe dangerous than a basketball with air inside, so I’m suspicious about “bawal ang basketball sa plane” advisory. Be wary about Filipino airport personnel who say certain items are not allowed to be brought in/out. Sometimes they do this because they have an interest in the item. A basketball is something they may take an interest in… Read more »

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Anonymous

“either way, everyone should be careful about Filipino airport personnel” THIS, so much. I used to live in the Bay Area. A friend visited me en route to a business trip in Costa Rica. He was cleared by an American customs officers at SFO, then a Filipino officer stopped him before he could exit. The officer asked my friend to present all his papers AGAIN. He went through all his things. The guy even had the gall to comment, “Sino bibisitahin mo, girlfriend mo? O, baka may resume ka dyan…” insinuating that he was going to go TNT! Hellooo, my… Read more »

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Pia M

You should take it as carry on. If it won’t fit in the overhead compartment you could give it to the FA and they will return to you at flight’s end.

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CVS Reply:

thanks

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EvaDemonia

My friend hand carried my football from Guam, he didn’t have any problem with it. Checked google, most people suggested to deflate the ball…

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