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Flying with Ham Radio Gear.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KK6USY, Oct 14, 2021.

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  1. AJ2I

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  2. W4EAE

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    I fly--or should I say, flew before April 2020--quite often for various purposes. Between amateur radio stuff, photography stuff, and audio recording stuff, I have carried all manner of equipment that would look very strange to the average person.

    With the carry-on allowance of a rolling bag and a backpack, I never, never, ever check a bag.

    I also have signed up for Global Entry with DHS. This typically means that I don't wait in line, or wait in a very short line, for security. I have also never had to remove my shoes, or pull anything out of my carry-on bags in security. Passport control on entering the US is comparably easy. I would say that if you fly four or more times a year, it is completely worth it.

    If you go to the airport expecting it to be long and difficult, you will not be disappointed or angry when it is. If it isn't, then you are always pleasantly surprised. :)
     
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  3. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Really useful and helpful info here.

    EVOLV solves many of these issues BTW.
     
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  4. W1SRR

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    I find that properly labeling EVERYTHING and a brief note stating you are a amateur radio operator in the baggage might help grease the skids when going through the airport.
     
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  5. KG4BFR

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    Will be flying into the EU this coming winter with some gear ....2 small HF rigs , 1 VHF rig , 1 ALS500M amplifier and 2 Magnetic Mount Mobile Antennas and I have a Hard Case Plastic / Aluminum Tool Box style suitcase I will pack everything in and Check the Box for the Cargo Bay along with my Samsonite Suitcase........The only thing im worried about are the Magnets on the Mobile Antennas.....some Airlines have language about Nothing Magnetic....On a positive side I have worked International Airports and we have seen all sorts of Checked Bags: Surfers,Fisherman,Hunters,Musicians,Film Crews,Athletic Teams Ect...
     
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  6. K3FHP

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    Agreed, Communist countries are indeed different(why I don't go there).
     
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  7. NC5P

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    I used to fly frequently when I worked in Arizona. I took my 2m HT along (openly carried), a Motorola model that TSA (at that time) often used. I never had a question about it, they knew exactly what it was and it didn't pose any threat to them. Now my electronic gear for work, I usually shipped it FedEx to avoid issues.
     
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  8. AI5DH

    AI5DH Ham Member

    Not exactly, once you cross TSA lines, you surrendered your rights.
     
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  9. AI5DH

    AI5DH Ham Member

    I thought I was in a foreign country 4-years ago flying out of SEATAC in Seattle WS to DFW. Latter found out TSA does not run SEATAC, Port Authority does. Anyway as I am standing gin line to go through the security checkpoint I thought I saw something weird but was not sure because I was too far away at the time. As I get up to the scanner, the young man in front of me pulled out a bag of marijuana and placed it right on top of everything in the basket to go through the scanner directly in front of an officer. I stood there stunned with a puzzled look on my face looking at the officer and he said; "not what we are looking for".
     
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  10. W3AMT

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    I do not think I can fly with a Viking I'M and a Thunderbolt amp! I think it would throw up some red flages.
     
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