TSA and Ham Radio

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KW6MOT, Apr 16, 2016.

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  1. KW6MOT

    KW6MOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I travel from state to state in the USA and get on a plane am I able to bring my 6 handhelds? Or will they be confiscated?
     
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  2. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    No problems flying with HT's. But 6?!?

    Steve
    KV6O
     
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  3. KW6MOT

    KW6MOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    It was just a number I pulled out of a "hat" i usually take 4 but 2meter, 900mhz, 2 70cm
     
  4. KG4ERE

    KG4ERE XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I recently flew coast to coast with a mag mount, 1/4 vhf antenna, and handheld in my carry on. The only thing they were concerned about was my travel size contact lens solution.
     
  5. KW6MOT

    KW6MOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    OK great to know thank you very much this was very helpful I tried doing research but some sites said yes some said no
     
  6. AG6QR

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    Once they had an issue with a morse code paddle (not the one in my avatar). It was a big hunk of metal that they didn't recognize, and it blocked the X-rays. But I told the officer it was a morse code paddle, and he was pleasant, and said his supervisor was a ham who had gotten some of the other officers interested.

    So in my case, they had to open the suitcase and swab the item, but they were fine with it once they figured out it was radio gear.

    Ham radio gear is one of the things that's on the TSA's list of approved items.
     
  7. KI5WW

    KI5WW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I need six pairs of reading glasses when I leave the state.
     
  8. WA4SIX

    WA4SIX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had an IC-7000, HT, coax, balun, android & 2 laptops in my carryon. They had me put each laptop in trays & everything else stayed in.
    I think the TSA is a complete waste of our money.

    Ed
     
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  9. N1EN

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    Earlier this week I flew with 4 HTs and two computers in my carry-on bag. The X-ray operator scanned the bag, looked over at me, and gave me his callsign. :)

    (4 HTs = two analog HTs because my father gets a kick listening to the AAR frequencies when trainspotting, and two DMR HTs because doing new code plugs was next on my project list; 2 computers = 1 work, 1 personal)
     
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  10. KC2UGV

    KC2UGV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Geeze, you know they make multiband rigs, right?
     
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