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mattc

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Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« on: September 29, 2019, 08:09:34 pm »
Given that quite a few readers of this board used the Portsmouth -> Caen/Le Havre ferries in August, I thought I'd ask here first!

In the past (up to 2017) I don't recall ANY luggage checks for cyclists on ferries (nor car passengers for that matter). Is this still the case?

(Website says knives are out - I have a pen-knife in my tool kit ... )
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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2019, 08:17:35 pm »
Out from Portsmouth I was checked in 2016, 2017, 2018 and I saw other cyclists checked too.  They just ask the routine questions and they select one of your bags for scanning.  I had never been checked before those years.  I did not go this year, but I expect it is the same.  Return trip, no checks at all at Caen.

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2019, 08:24:38 pm »
I never had any security checks and I've used the Portsmouth > Caen ferry three times now.

But then didn't have any knives on me.

Rifles, explosives, nuclear materials on the other hand....

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FifeingEejit

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2019, 08:26:49 pm »
I was one of three (I think) riders picked for a "random" security check, it seemed to be based on the answer to the question "You can't easily remove your bag can't you?"

Kim

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2019, 09:16:32 pm »
(Website says knives are out - I have a pen-knife in my tool kit ... )

That sounds suboptimal.  I mean, in touring mode, even without the Mora I'm likely to have a SAK and some mean-looking allen keys.

Do they deprive every caravan of a third of its cutlery?
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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2019, 09:22:26 pm »
In Newhaven she looked in my Stem Cell. I doubt they'll go digging around for knives. You have proper cutlery on a ferry anyway.

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2019, 09:31:38 pm »
Security checks at ferry ports seem to be inversely proportional to difficulty in checking. So cars are barely checked at all, cyclists might get a half-hearted look in your pannier bag, but checking in as a foot passenger at Hook of Holland they went through every nook and cranny of my bag. They didn’t even look at my bagged up Brompton.

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2019, 09:33:54 pm »
I had a bag x-rayed at Portsmouth. I got to choose which one, so chose handlebar as it was easier.

Thinking about it I might have had a Leatherman in there.... had no issues though.

StuAff

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2019, 09:37:51 pm »
I've had a pannier given a cursory glance the last time I went over to Caen. That's the only time at that port though…

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2019, 11:18:27 pm »
I’ve done Portsmouth to St Malo twice this year and have been checked each time. I’ve done this route most years for the past 10 years or so and have never been checked before. The second time, this year, they checked all cyclists - there were about 6 or 7 of us. They asked us to just take one bag each off the bikes for passing through the scanner, but I don’t think my Swiss Army knife was in the bag that I chose. I just assumed that they were ramping up the checks on cyclists.

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2019, 09:08:00 am »
It does seem to be a bit of a box ticking exercise. I had a small backpack of stuff I wanted during the trip which they scanned on both my trips from Portsmouth. The bags on the bike were ignored. When the metal detector beeped they just asked if I had metal bits on my shoes.


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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2019, 03:40:17 pm »
If they don't confiscate knives, they can't have the impressive doing our job, keeping you safe show-box.
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2019, 03:49:06 pm »

Remember in the UK you can legally carry a non locking folding knife as long as the blade is no longer than 75mm. This is why you can take a knife on the eurostar.

I would guess the same is true on the ferries.

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2019, 03:56:59 pm »

Remember in the UK you can legally carry a non locking folding knife as long as the blade is no longer than 75mm. This is why you can take a knife on the eurostar.

I would guess the same is true on the ferries.

J
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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2019, 04:25:51 pm »
As a regular traveler on portsmouth ferries with groups of cyclists , one or two of the group all ways get a pull.
Quick look in the top of the saddle bag and if your lucky your shoes get a trip through the machine.
Normally ask a few questions.

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2019, 04:31:18 pm »

Remember in the UK you can legally carry a non locking folding knife as long as the blade is no longer than 75mm. This is why you can take a knife on the eurostar.

I would guess the same is true on the ferries.

They could make it a condition of carriage thobut....

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2019, 04:50:01 pm »
And only half the journey (or less on the longer routes) is in the UK.
At some point in the ride, you might find yourself in Osaka with Spanish speakers where you had expected Edinburgh talking Greek. This does not mean you are lost, or even off route.

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2019, 04:50:23 pm »
I always allow plenty of time when travelling somewhere. Therefore usually when I catch a ferry I've been whiling away the spare hours in a bar somewhere.

After a few pints, on finally boarding the ferry, the "security check" might not go so well...

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2019, 05:04:09 pm »
I always allow plenty of time when travelling somewhere. Therefore usually when I catch a ferry I've been whiling away the spare hours in a bar somewhere.

After a few pints, on finally boarding the ferry, the "security check" might not go so well...

(click to show/hide)

 ;D

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2019, 05:10:46 pm »
Do most people lightweight camping not carry a knife of some sort? We didn't get checked going to Hoek the other year but in my Panniers were three Primus gas canisters, a Leatehrman and a small serrated paring knife (non folding) for vegatabling and bread butchering at the camping table. I'm going hungry without those and the paring knife is likely to be swapped for a quality folding camping knife to avoid having to wrap it in a tea towel to avoid the pointy end slicing something (it's old and not very sharp though)

As Kim says do the caravans not all have their knives removed?
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FifeingEejit

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2019, 07:59:39 pm »
The rulz aren't quite "nae knifes"
https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2019, 08:25:09 pm »
The rulz aren't quite "nae knifes"
https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives
But the ferry company can make their own rulz as a condition of carriage (not that I think they have).

Edited: they have.... see next post

Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2019, 08:29:39 pm »
Brittany Ferries rule:
“.... knives (including chef's knives, multi-tools), swords etc. must also be declared prior to departure...”

From: https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/faqs/travel-information/transporting-dangerous-goods-and-flammable-liquids

Yeah, that link actually says no knives of any kind on bikes... I deffo had a leatherman on mine. Hmmm.

Kim

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2019, 08:51:41 pm »
That would appear to ban meths, too.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Portsmouth ferry security checks?
« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2019, 10:07:00 pm »
I cunningly avoided the security bods at Brussels Eurostar nicking my Opinel No. 7 by distracting them with some CO2 cartridges, which they pounced upon with glee.
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