Confiscated walking cane Oasis last week

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#1
Richardson, TX
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I had my little extension cord confiscated and was in the line to retreive items they took. My lighted dial alarm clock could not reach the edge of the desk without it. Like new and its a little 6 footer attached to the clock.

They hand searched all the luggage we carried on, and I only did carry ons, so that means they went thru all my underwear and everything else. Just as a warning if you plan to bring anything private. They hand searched everyone's luggage when I was boarding.

Their reason was with the extension cord, people might commit suicide. Yep, thats the reason they told me they took the little NEWish 6 ft cord. "people commit suicide with them".

... but I think its going a bit far to take away someone's solid wood cane they need for walking. A elderly person who needed it was not allowed a solid wooden cane as it was deemed it could be a weapon. (the guy was in his 70s or 80s and had to do without the support the whole week). So, bring a doctors excuse if you really need your cane.

Other than being way too hot for me, and the crazy security at the ship and airport, fabulous cruise.
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#3
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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You'd commit suicide with an extension cord? Why bring one...there are cords on the lamps in the cabin...or, just "jump" overboard...that'll do it! What idiocy!
#4
Canada
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Originally posted by firefly333
... but I think its going a bit far to take away someone's solid wood cane they need for walking. A elderly person who needed it was not allowed a solid wooden cane as it was deemed it could be a weapon. (the guy was in his 70s or 80s and had to do without the support the whole week). So, bring a doctors excuse if you really need your cane.

You know, if it was almost anyone else, I would cry foul on this report. It just sounds too preposterous to be true. But I believe you, and I am shocked. This is absolutely unacceptable!!
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#5
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Originally posted by firefly333
Their reason was with the extension cord, people might commit suicide.

What???

A elderly person who needed it was not allowed a solid wooden cane as it was deemed it could be a weapon.

What???
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#6
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
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Actually, RCI had better take a good hard look at the liability issue of taking away a necessary walking aid and then having the passenger fall and get hurt.

Goldstein, I am becoming more and more amazed at some of the dicisions being made by this company. How about THIINKING before acting?
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#7
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I sometimes need a cane and if they took it away from me I would have a lawsuit filed for violating more laws then I probably could name before we pulled out of port, that is ILLEGAL plain and simple.
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Originally posted by Ocean Boy
Actually, RCI had better take a good hard look at the liability issue of taking away a necessary walking aid and then having the passenger fall and get hurt.

Goldstein, I am becoming more and more amazed at some of the dicisions being made by this company. How about THIINKING before acting?
There has to be more to this story. I have a hard time following what the OP says but if I read it right they saw the cane when they went to retrieve their own item and weren't present when it was confiscated. I have a friend who collects canes and many of have hidden features. I wonder if that was the case with this cane.
#9
Delaware
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That is unthinkable..... I broke my ankle in port earlier this year and if it hadn't been for the generosity of a friend who had her cane with her and didn't need it, I would have had a great deal of difficulty. Now you can't have one???????
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#10
Long Island, NY
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Hmmm...I can understand hightened security for 9/11, but taking an elderly person's cane is going way too far, unless there is more to this incident than the OP knows.
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#11
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Originally posted by Ocean Boy
Actually, RCI had better take a good hard look at the liability issue of taking away a necessary walking aid and then having the passenger fall and get hurt.

Goldstein, I am becoming more and more amazed at some of the dicisions being made by this company. How about THIINKING before acting?
I am starting to wonder about this company. I love the ships and crew but the management leaves a lot to be desired. We are now looking at RCI less and less. They are no longer the same company that they were when I started cruising with them. Sad.
#12
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I bring a monopod for my camera, its looks like a walking stick, wonder about that.
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#13
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Originally posted by DonnaK
Hmmm...I can understand hightened security for 9/11, but taking an elderly person's cane is going way too far, unless there is more to this incident than the OP knows.
Hi,

I would agree with you, that there might be more to the incident.

Sometimes some of the rules do not make any sense to 'me' because I do not know the whole story.

Cruise lines do not want to make my vacation / cruise any more difficult or stressful, but if safety is the concern ( and I might not see it that way) they have to do what they see as necessary.
#14
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
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Originally posted by reallyitsmema
There has to be more to this story. I have a hard time following what the OP says but if I read it right they saw the cane when they went to retrieve their own item and weren't present when it was confiscated. I have a friend who collects canes and many of have hidden features. I wonder if that was the case with this cane.
The OP did make an estimate as to the person's age. I would think that means that its being taken away was witnessed or the person was spoken with sometime during the cruise.
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#15
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Wow. I think that's a first I've heard about someone using it to commit suicide. And then taking someone's cane saying it can be used as a weapon? Seriously.. Both those reasons don't make sense for embarking a cruise ship.

I'm guessing they have some people who are not properly trained and are guessing. They may have been told about the cord not being allowed but forgot why. And that maybe a baseball bat can't be brought on but was confused with a cane because it was a long stick.

I work major events and things like this happen at the arena/stadium/ballparks I work at. The security makes mistakes all the time because the either can read (it's spelled out on the box in front of them) or they aren't trained properly, or they just don't care.

Firefly - you can ask for an extension cord from your cabin steward next time if they take your cord.
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#16
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Originally posted by Ocean Boy
The OP did make an estimate as to the person's age. I would think that means that its being taken away was witnessed or the person was spoken with sometime during the cruise.
I think they might have seen the person picking up the cane at the same time they were retrieving their extension cord, not sure though.

I still think there is more to this than meets the eye. I wonder if they cane owner left it behind somewhere and was retrieving it. I had to go to a mall in my area to see if the mall office had my mother's friend's cane that she had left in a shopping cart. She had laid it on the rack under the basket when she went into the store and had pushed the carriage out to her car after shopping so had never needed the cane to get around. Her floral cane was not turned into the mall office but they had at least a half dozen other canes that had been.
#17
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
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Originally posted by reallyitsmema
I think they might have seen the person picking up the cane at the same time they were retrieving their extension cord, not sure though.

I still think there is more to this than meets the eye. I wonder if they cane owner left it behind somewhere and was retrieving it. I had to go to a mall in my area to see if the mall office had my mother's friend's cane that she had left in a shopping cart. She had laid it on the rack under the basket when she went into the store and had pushed the carriage out to her car after shopping so had never needed the cane to get around. Her floral cane was not turned into the mall office but they had at least a half dozen other canes that had been.
That all makes sense. I just hope that you are right. My father never would have been able to get around on a ship without the aid of a cane to help with his balance. If they ever tried to take away his cane I'd be more than just a little upset.
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#18
Clermont, FL
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Just about anything not locked down on the ship can be a weapon.

Cruise lines need to be careful they don't cross the line and violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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#19
Rhode Island, U.S.A.
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Originally posted by philatiger
Just about anything not locked down on the ship can be a weapon.

Cruise lines need to be careful they don't cross the line and violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
I am not sure that the act applies to foreign registered ships.
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#20
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Originally posted by Ocean Boy
That all makes sense. I just hope that you are right. My father never would have been able to get around on a ship without the aid of a cane to help with his balance. If they ever tried to take away his cane I'd be more than just a little upset.
My dad would have hit them with it if they tried to take it.

Maybe the OP will come back and explain more of this story but if they are going to start taking canes, everyone should unload their stock now before all the lawsuits start rolling in from people falling because they couldn't keep their canes.