Since starting to work the satellites, I've only made one trip that involved air travel - from Atlanta to International Falls, Minn. I carried two radios with backup batteries, a small digital records and other accessories in my carry-on bag. I packed the antenna in my checked baggage.
The TSA in Atlanta breezed me through check-in on the way north. My antenna arrived in the checked bag in perfect shape, and it made the trip home safely and without any damage whatsoever. On the way home, TSA in International Falls totally unpacked my carry-on and physically inspected every piece of radio-related gear I had. When I saw they were starting to do that, I produced the wallet-size copy of my FCC license to make sure they knew I was a licensed ham.
They were very nice, and asked several questions about working the satellites with a handheld station. There weren't any problems at all.
That being said, I suspect the level of interest you attract could be directly related to which airport(s) you use. Atlanta TSA acted like I didn't have anything in the carry-on. International Falls TSA was pretty much the opposite. If I were you, I'd expect anything.
73 and safe travels,
Tim - N3TL Athens, Ga. - EM84ha
________________________________ From: Reid Crowe [email protected] To: [email protected] Sent: Sun, February 28, 2010 12:44:23 AM Subject: [amsat-bb] Transporting HT and Arrow Antenna on commercial flight
Has anyone had luck with transporting an HT on a commercial flight in their carry on luggage recently? I doubt I'd have much luck with transporting an arrow antenna in my carry on. Any thoughts?
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