I have a 1500V electric fly swatter - the type you can get at £1 stores and on Amazon - it looks like a small tennis racket but it has 2AA batteries to kill insects. I would like to take it with me from the UK to France. My guess would be that it loosely falls under "electro shock weapons" and can't be taken on board. I say loosely because I doubt something with 2AA batteries could do serious damage to a person.

Yes, it sounds stupid. However, every time I go to France I get bitten by mosquitos and this would be a very convenient and satisfying way of dealing with the problem.

I'd be happy to put it in hold luggage and/or take out the batteries.

  • The airline is Flybe
    – James
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 22:22
  • Can you simply find one at a 1 € store in France? Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 22:26
  • If I knew I could, I'd be happy with that, but it's a small town and I can't think of anywhere that might sell them.
    – James
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 22:27
  • I saw that but thought it was a typo since explosives etc. aren't electro shock weapons, and more generally need some idea of whether your typical airport security worker might think - because ultimately that's what matters.
    – James
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 22:37
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    I have flown with mosquito zapper paddles in my checked baggage frequently between Asia and the US and within US / Canada. No one much cared. I, however, wouldn't take one on board in my carry on bag.
    – user13044
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 23:35

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Remove the battery from the device and isolate the connectors on each AA battery as a precaution. You should have no trouble, if Customs asks, tell them what it is and let them decide.

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