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Old 1st April 2012, 05:04 PM   #21
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From a practical perspective, it helps everyone if you put it in and check your luggage. It helps to keep the items easily accessible, and separate the individual items in different containers. That way they don't have to rummage through everything. Do your best not to unnecessarily irritate everyone within the security chain. Also, anymore, the airlines have been reducing their liability for loss. If you are worried about items getting "lost", be sure to declare them or buy additional insurance. Or better yet, just insure and ship it separately. Most airlines will also do counter to counter shipping which is a really nice way to get things shipped quickly without having to deal with the same level of insurance or loss issues.
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Old 1st April 2012, 10:44 PM   #22
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Old 1st April 2012, 11:12 PM   #23
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I work doing instrumentation for electron microscopy. I've learned that you can fly with sealed vacuum equipment in a pelican case, demand that TSA use nonpowdered gloves, and that business cards and data sheets can go a long ways. Micro screwdrivers and tweezers, however, are a no go.
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Old 2nd April 2012, 12:30 AM   #24
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Business cards help quite a bit. It always surprises me how much authorities around the world respect a business card. Never thought about data sheets before -good idea!
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Old 2nd April 2012, 12:32 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by LinuksGuru View Post
Hi, folks,

I have question to USA DIY folks - is there any problem with DIY kits (parts, PCBs, plastic boxes) and airport security. Should those kits be stored in baggage (stored in cargo chamber) or in hand bags (taken with passenger)?

My colleague currently visiting USA and I would like to ask him to buy some kits for me, but he afraid there might be some problems with airport security, especially international flights.

Thanks in advance for any suggestion(s).
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Old 2nd April 2012, 09:27 PM   #26
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Put a water bottle in with the parts. They'll confiscate the bottle and overlook everything else.
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Old 3rd April 2012, 06:54 PM   #27
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Before 911, I frequently carried rather large instrument used to measure differential pressure across an orifice plate, (kinda like using a volt meter across a resistor to measure current) and it was used in gasoline service. It was too delicate to check so I hand carried it. It always had a strong odor of gasoline and it always attracted attention from the screeners. A business card and a brief explanation always won the day. Can you imagine that now!!!

Recently, I had an aircraft cylinder compression tester confiscated (it looks like a refrigeration tester) once I uttered the word compression. No compressed gasses on the aircraft! It made no difference that the gauges were at zero. It made no difference that the hoses were open. It made no difference that one could blow through the hoses. No compression!

More like: No comprehension.
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Old 3rd April 2012, 07:21 PM   #28
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I imagine what if to carry some measurement kit with 7-segment LED display, and gren-blue-red wires going fom it, like bombs in movies where heroes guess which wire to cut!
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Old 3rd April 2012, 08:38 PM   #29
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After 9/11 but before the liquid ban, I traveled from Seattle to Copenhagen with two six-packs of microbrew in glass bottles in my carry-on backpack. The screeners showed me the X-ray and asked "what the h*** is that??!" I explained I wanted to give my family a taste of the Northwest microbrews... They let me through.

More recently, I've travelled with an oscilloscope in my checked luggage. It made it through without even a business card from the TSA.

But my mom had a pair of nail clippers confiscated. That was after landing in Seattle, the final destination. There was an additional security checkpoint before leaving the international terminal and it got caught there...

TSA is a joke. Plain and simple. It's a (freak) show of force. But the bottom line is that if you want to travel with something that's a bit out of the ordinary, you're better off with it in your checked luggage.

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Old 4th April 2012, 11:21 AM   #30
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By far the worst security I've had was in China, they x-ray even checked baggage and make you open it if they see anything. I had several boxes of bulk packaged watercolors (very cheap in China) you can imagine how that looked on an x-ray.

Nice thing about China is that they are usually very polite about it. I cringe almost everytime when I return home to the USA and have to listen to the TSA agent yelling!

When it comes to equipment in the bag. I it is packaged so that it can be thrown dropped etc, check it in. Otherwise I think it is worth the hassle of security to carry it on.
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