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Alcatraz Fog Globe

Chicago, Illinois
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Alcatraz Fog Globe

We are going to San Francisco for a few days in May with the highlight being touring Alcatraz. One of the requested souvenirs is the Fog Globe.

I've checked the measurements and I can get it in my carry-on. The problem is I don't know if I will be allowed to carry it on the plane due to the "liquid" inside. Does anyone know if the Fog Globe "appears to contain less than 3.4 oz or 100 ml of liquid (approx tennis ball size)" per security's carry-on rules regarding snow globes?

I was hoping to not check any baggage and only do carry-on's. If I did do "checked" baggage I was afraid it might freeze and be ruined.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Alcatraz Fog Globe

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Why don't you just order it online instead of trying to see how to carry it back home. It is made in China so you're not getting anything SF made anyway --

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4. Re: Alcatraz Fog Globe

You have the measurements? It's been a few years since math, but Google tells me volume of a sphere = 4/3*pi*(radius cubed)

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5. Re: Alcatraz Fog Globe

That won't get past security - I was actually listening to a radio interview about things that are frequently confiscated from carry-ons. Snow globes was one of the items.

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6. Re: Alcatraz Fog Globe

Are snow globes "openable" so you could drain the liquid before the flight and replace it at home? (Assuming the 'fog' is solid particulates in the liquid).

I also don't think the cargo holds normally get below freezing... I've packed wine and liquid toiletries without any evidence of them freezing. I found a couple of references online that said the low temps in cargo holds are generally between 4-7 degrees Celsius, so above freezing. Wrap the globe in a plastic ziplock bag (in case it does break or leak), wrap it in some insulating clothing, put it in the center of the suitcase with maybe some firmer items around it, and keep your fingers crossed.

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7. Re: Alcatraz Fog Globe

Here is the link to TSA, you can take a small globe through security, restrictions apply.

https:/…snow-globes

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8. Re: Alcatraz Fog Globe

Good research ImaMY.

According to Wikipedia the liquid in a snow globe is a mixture of water and antifreeze (glycerin or glycol). An added benefit was that glycerin and glycol slowed the descent of the snow. Caution should be taken if a snow globe is broken because the liquid, which can contain antifreeze, can be deadly to cats and dogs if ingested or licked off their fur.[4]

I think ordering one online would be the best and safest way to assure your snow globe arrives intact.

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9. Re: Alcatraz Fog Globe

Thanks for your help!

I think this is one souvenir that will have to be ordered and shipped.

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