[pct-l] flying with gear (stoves)

Tortoise Tortoise73 at charter.net
Sat Jul 7 23:23:12 CDT 2007

I haven't flown for a couple of years since my parents died so not trips 
to visit them.

Anyway after going thru security a couple of times, I put all my 
suspicious looking items in a clear plastic bag; then when going thru 
check in security, I pulled them out and put them in a separate tray 
going thru the xray. TSA could easily see what I had and this speeded up 
my passage thru security.

I'm not going to get into a rant on how this is like a "police state". 
Rather I try to adapt and save my efforts where I think I can make more 
of a difference.


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Junaid Dawud wrote:
> I once had to argue with a TSA guy for 20 minutes
> before he let me take my snowpeak gigapower (canister
> stove w/out canister) on the plane.  I finally
> convinced him, but it was no easy task.  From this
> I've learned that getting a sticker that says
> something like "certified clean on ??/??/????, by
> ___________" helps.  Also, I put my pack in my
> sleeping bag storage bag to protect the straps and
> discourage excessive searching.  I also have gotten in
> the habit of noting any items that might get the Xray
> scanners attention, and then I write a nice note to
> the TSA listing these items and explaining their
> importance to my trip and the irreplaceable
> sentimental and practical value they have to me.  I
> also put them near the top of the pack.  If you have
> anything that a TSA agent MIGHT get funny about, check
> it.  
> -----------speshul41
> --- Bob Bankhead <wandering_bob at comcast.net> wrote:
>> Straps can get caught. So can anything on the
>> outside of the pack - trekking poles (be sure the
>> tips are shielded), sleeping pads, etc.). Ice axes
>> will probably require a separate box (to protect the
>> baggage handlers); check with your airline. Tighten
>> all straps, especially the shoulder straps. Wrap the
>> extra strap lengths around themselves and tuck or
>> tie them. Buckle your hip belt across the FRONT of
>> your pack and cinch it down. Cold welds are not
>> required, just snug enough so they don't flop
>> around. For better protection, put your pack in a
>> duffel of some sort. I use the cheapest thing I can
>> find and discard it at my destination. I'll buy
>> another for the trip home. Out of sight means things
>> are less likely to "disappear".
>> Busted for matches? Why defy the rules for something
>> you could easily pick up at the airport  or a local
>> store when you get off the plane? If the TSA
>> inspectors see something during their X-ray
>> inspection that looks like matches or a lighter,
>> they'll most likely open the pack to check it. What
>> will they do then - confiscate the item(s) or call
>> you back to address it? Will they even look that
>> closely or not - who knows; depends on who you get
>> and what's going on at the time. 
>> In today's airport security environment and "cover
>> my _ _ _" workplace procedures, it's just not worth
>> it. I won't even take my Esbit tablets aboard a
>> plane, and they're harder to ignite than the
>> cardboard and paper that goes in those luggage
>> compartments. 
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