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Old 1st April 2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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Question Traveling with DIY Kit in USA-Airport Security Question

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 1st April 2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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i checked it in. my bag got searched but no problem. had both a tube kit and an amp kit and this was on an international flight. TSA left a note behind.
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Old 1st April 2012, 11:54 AM   #3
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Depends on the TSA agent you get, some are very competent, some are morons. I had one confiscate my laser pointer as a weapon, and then proceed to shine it into the eyes of his colleagues as a joke.
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Old 1st April 2012, 11:58 AM   #4
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Odessa airport was ridiculous. I was carrying a brass monkey, they ripped my luggage apart thinking that it was a dead baby.
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Depends on the TSA agent you get, some are very competent, some are morons. I had one confiscate my laser pointer as a weapon, and then proceed to shine it into the eyes of his colleagues as a joke.
Exactly, it's completely random. There was a girl a few years ago who got arrested for having PCBs as jewelry. Likewise, there's people who have made simulated bombs and sailed through. Nothing ever happens to the "agents" who screw up, it's a strong union.
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Exactly, it's completely random.
i completely agree with this statement.
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Old 1st April 2012, 12:56 PM   #7
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If an item is questionable, I put it in my checked baggage that goes in the cargo hold.
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Old 1st April 2012, 01:10 PM   #8
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Bottom line is that if you are worried about any item always put it into "check in" baggage. Hand baggage must NEVER be used to carry anything out of the ordinary like transformers, tubes, wires etc.
This time when I returned from the US I put a sheet of paper, listing out everything in the suitcase, inside the box and immediately visible as you opened it. TSA opened it ( they left behind their 'calling card(!)' ) but didn't seem to have gone through it rigorously as everything was pretty much in the same place. Previous times things had been moved around !
I had even given a very short explanation for some not very common items. Like for several small packets of yeast I wrote " for making wine!" as an explanation !
For a large packet of 'tannin' ( most wouldn't know what that dark brown powder is !) I wrote 'additive for wine making' ! I also had the original bills placed close to the 'explanation' sheet.These could have been just data sheets for electronics parts !
So they would have info on everything out of the ordinary in the box. I really think it helped. You could try this out.

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Old 1st April 2012, 01:15 PM   #9
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I've already travelled with tubes and capacitors in the cabin and had no issue. But that were just a few ones, and never with the huge metal mass of transformers...
Bottomline, I would definitely put it in the checked luggage. (capacitors might be refused in the cabin because of the electrolyte)
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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.
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