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Author Topic: TSA Rules for carry on ham radio equipment  (Read 1230 times)
KF7ZFC
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« on: March 10, 2019, 01:54:17 PM »

Are there any restrictions by  the TSA for carrying on board ham radio equipment to fit under seat. It will consist of FT450D transceiver, switching power supply, microphone, SWR meter and 9:1 un-un. No batteries.  I will be traveling from AZ to JFK. It all will be packed in the appropiate sized box or case

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Steve
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N8AUC
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2019, 02:27:02 PM »

I doubt you'll have any problems.
Two weeks ago, I took a trip by air, and had ham gear in my carry on bag.
Had no trouble with TSA either in Cleveland, or in Tampa, FL.

They seemed more concerned about my Android tablet than my ham gear.

Enjoy your trip!

73 de N8AUC
Eric
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KF7ZFC
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 02:44:29 PM »

Thanks Eric

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Steve
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K4JJL
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019, 12:46:38 PM »

YMMV.  I had TSA take one look at my iPod and say, "What's this?"  After I stopped laughing, I asked where he's been the last 15 years.
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K5TED
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2019, 06:53:49 PM »

I had one TSA screener point to my FT-817ND and ask if it was a radio. I said, "yes", and he zipped my bag shut.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2019, 08:00:23 AM »

Never had a problem bringing an HT or my Elecraft KX-1 with me on a plane in carry-on luggage (I would never check that stuff either). Never so much as even a question from TSA. You have a bit more 'stuff' so you may have to answer a question or two as to what it is.
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DL8OV
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2019, 08:01:04 AM »

If you travel with ham radio gear then take your licence with you, if the document isn't in English then carry a translation. This avoids any problems with the authorities.

Peter DL8OV
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WA3LKN
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2019, 09:56:26 PM »

I tried to take an antique telegraph sounder on a plane not long ago and they wern't sure what to do with it.  Fortunately, one of the TSA agents grew up in a part of the third world where they used telegraph sounders until recently (or maybe still do) and knew what it was.

I've had no trouble with ham equipment. 
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N9LCD
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 11:04:29 AM »

I always carried my VX-7R with an extra long accessory antenna on it through security at O'Hare with no problems.

Of course, when my I came to the head of the line, everything was laid out ready for inspection.  I took pride in being one jump ahead of the TSA.

To make up for it, my 5-11 tactical pants, a/k/a cargo pants, were guaranteed to drive the x-ray machines nutz!

N9LCD   Cheesy

 
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