Juggling on a plane..

I thought you guys might have some experience in this area!
I’m heading off to Fiji on mission to hang out with some churches and kiddies for a month and such so I’m taking some balls/juggling clubs for funsies. They don’t fit in my check in luggage so they’re in my carry on atm. Any one had any problems with this? Someone said they might be seen as a ‘weapon’ :S

They are the Aldi version though, so…cheap plastic that couldn’t hurt a fly. Buuuut, never flown before so I don’t know.

Ive been told to call them “pins” not “clubs” if they ask. Any other advice/stories?

Thanks guys! :slight_smile:

Haha, I thought the thread title might be a sequel to “Snakes on a plane!” :stuck_out_tongue:

If you’re concerned, I’d be more inclined to refer to them collectively as “props” (gives the impression that everything is a harmless fake). Chances are since you aren’t flying in the US, you’ll probably have far fewer problems with negative knee jerk reactions from clueless security folk. At worst your plastic clubs will be confiscated.

Well. . . it depends.

I’ve flown from Raleigh NC and they pulled me off to the side to check the balls. They almost tried to cut one of my fergie bags open (it’s just filled with millet of course) which rather upset me, so I juggled 5 of them for them really quick and explained, and they were fine with it.

Flying from Atlanta GA, I tried to carry on 3 airflight (Dube) clubs. Immediately got pulled off in a rather harsh fashion and told that there are to be “NO CLUB LIKE OBJECTS” passing through security, and then I was escorted to the side gate and told that I could re-enter and bypass the crowd once I had checked it. I ended up shipping them back home wrapped in nothing but plastic wrap and a sticker.

In short: It’s certainly not worth attempting in the US, I would call the airport ahead of time, and perhaps the one that you’re flying back from.

Okay, thanks guys. I’m Australia-Fiji. Soo, I’m going to try and get them in my check in luggage anyways… :S

I carry my silicone and beanbag balls in carry on…always get searched. No problem once they see them.
Yet they let people carry knitting needles onboard…

I flew to Boston and TSA was fine w/ my clubs, but on the way back I also got stoped. They said I’d have to check them, but if I did (the extra baggage fee was as much $ as the clubs) I would have missed my plane.

Never as a carry on again. Never had any issues w/ my balls.

I’ve been asked to put my orbitwheel skates out, because big bearings looked strange on the monitors. As for clubs the rules may be stricter as they may be assigned to blunt item category:

Blunt Instruments: any blunt instrument capable of causing injury, including baseball and softball bats, clubs or batons - rigid or flexible - e.g. billy clubs, blackjacks (truncheon of leather covered lead with flexible shaft), night sticks & batons, cricket bats, golf clubs, hockey and hurley sticks, lacrosse sticks, kayak and canoe paddles, skateboards, billiard, snooker and pool cues, fishing rods, martial arts equipment, e.g. knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, num-chucks, kubatons, kubasaunts.

This list is from Ryanair rules but it is probably similar all over. It is just a question if you can convince them that your clubs are not capable of causing injury.

A full handbag is a “blunt instrument capable of causing injury”! Not to mention the bags of duty-free bottles.


Going from USA to Mexico I brought 8 clubs with me (PX3s), and had no problems. Returning from Mexico to the USA they wanted me to trash all 8 of the clubs (no time to go back and check them, 2 hour security back up, and they wouldn’t let me jump lines to check the clubs). After a long discussion I managed to convince them to let me carry them on after all.

Never again flying with clubs in my carry on.

Balls, diabolos, etc have never been more of a problem then getting a “we need to check your weird luggage,” from TSA agents.

I’m too afraid to pack my sil-X balls anywhere though.


Careful with beanbags when travelling to countries with strict customs policies about contamination - for example going to New Zealand, I had a bunch of beanbags taken off me, because they were filled with seed, and you’re not allowed to bring seeds into the country.

Didn’t have any problems with juggling and unicycle stuff other than that, although it was all in my hold luggage.


Ooh, good point. I never would’ve thought of seed restrictions.

Would popcorn kernels be permitted, does anyone know/have experience? I’ve got some tennis balls filled with popcorn and sealed off, so they bounce less if you drop them.
I ask this because I wouldn’t want my better juggling balls getting confiscated if I ever fly.

Popcorn is as well seeds, so why should it be treated differently?

There is also the risk that people might suspect you have hidden something else in your tennis balls :roll_eyes:

For my balls, I put stowe my good ones and carry-on my cheep DIY ones.

66g (~1/3 cup) of beens in a 12" balloon, then tied and extra cut off. If they do confiscated them, I’ve only lost something to amuse myself while wating and they cost pennies an a few minutes of my time to replace.

Delays can be horrible a 6 hr flight once took 23 hrs :angry: I did get lots of practice though:o


instead of tying them off, cut the whole stem off, and wrap another balloon around it in the opposite direction, pull the stem and cut that one off entirely as well.

: ) no more knots to distract you

this also works well with tennis balls that you’ve cut a slice in

Thanks Joe,
I would never have considered that… very expensive trip home if the Ag and Fish boys get upset…

I wonder if Ryanair etc have heard of a Liverpool kiss? Perhaps passengers shouldn’t be allowed :smiley:

Have a good day :wink:

I’ve tied off the inside balloon, then put one or two outer balloons on with the ‘extra’ cut off. Otherwise after much use, they start to shed the bits that break off the beans.