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TSA and Ham Radio

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

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  1. KB2FCV

    KB2FCV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Never had a problem travelling with a radio domestically or internationally. I've taken my KX-1 along now and then and I've taken a 2m HT both domestically and overseas. I kept them in my carryon luggage.. not once did anyone ask anything.
  2. W6DTO

    W6DTO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Several years ago I had the same concern while traveling with my QRP go-kit. A few days prior to the flight I drove to a smaller local airport with the go-kit to show TSA what I wanted to carry onboard. The agent I spoke with assured me that they see amateur radio equipment all the time and not to worry. He did suggest placing a copy of my FCC license visible in the bag containing the radio equipment.
  3. N9NAY

    N9NAY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Considering the seemingly random enforcement of TSA "rules" at the many airports I have been to in the last 15 years, I would say your test isn't as useful as you hoped. You could literally have driven from the airport where the guy gave you the approval to the next airport and been arrested for bomb making supplies.

    Highly inconsistent.
  4. KG5FCO

    KG5FCO Ham Member QRZ Page

    One question. When traveling with an HT in carry-on, do most detach the battery and ant? I don't often fly and am considering taking my FT2-DR.
  5. K3UJ

    K3UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Leave the battery in. Up to you on the antenna. Off, less chance of breaking the connector, more chance of getting lost.
  6. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sometimes they ask you turn on the HT. They want to verify it actually functions for some apparent reason.
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  7. KG5FCO

    KG5FCO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just a follow-up. As stated earlier, they just wanted to look at the antenna. No issues or question.
  8. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    They will only confiscate 5 of them, So that you can not remote control 5 explosives. :eek:
  9. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just make sure they are all charged and functional, should you need to demo them.

    And if you do loose cells and battery holders, either have the batteries in the radio, or use an airplane-approved battery case. Sometimes they frown on loose batteries in your luggage.
  10. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    That is a good idea.

    Lion batteries are getting a bad reputation.

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