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Old May 11th, 2012, 02:38 AM
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Fun with TSA

So I was in New Orleans this week on business and went by RDS for some parts that I planned to bring back in my checked bag.

When I got to the counter at SWA the lady says my bag only weighed 35lbs when I came in and was going out at 56, which would cost me $50 for exceeding the limit. She asked if I could put something in my carry on so I pulled the slave cylinder and a few bits and moved them to my carry on.

I didn't think much about it but TSA felt the need to pull my bag for "additional screening". I guess slave cylinders look sinister to the trained eyes of TSA which gave me a chuckle. I'm going to assume that's the first Series Rover slave inspected by TSA.

Made me wonder what other oddities they put their hands on.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 02:47 AM
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They inspected a set of brake pads I had with me in Denver. The guy there said a race team came through with cylinder heads once...
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Old May 11th, 2012, 05:49 AM
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I ship parts as luggage all the time when traveling between the U.K. and America. I have shipped everything from doors, fuel tanks, top and bottom tailgates and anything else you can imagine, and never paying for any of them. Now having two young daughters I/WE have more bag allowance. I have found HM Customs search letters in my cases and boxes I have shipped. I think the one that made them search the most was when I shipped engine and trans. mounts, since they are just solid cylinder shaped hard rubber. It is harder to do this now you are not allowed two bags each for international. I do however try to make the items obvious as to what they are by labeling anything that is not easily identified. In JFK/Newark they always ask what is in the boxes and I say car parts and I have never been searched at this end.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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I recommend everyone wear one of theses!
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Old May 11th, 2012, 11:32 AM
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Here are a couple of my stories:

1. I checked in Bow for a hunt in Colorado and the Newark TSA asked if I had exploding tips on the arrows....

2. I checked in a Firearm in OKC coming back from a hunt and asked for my declaration form and the girlyman behind the counter demaned that I take the gun out of the case and show him its unloaded. He had me take the bolt out and let him look down the bore.... I explained the policy is to do this normally out of site of customers. He insisted. So I took it out and gee some of the people in line where a little caught off guard..

3. I carry a corkscrew in my briefcase ( and I fly a lot) and never had anybody say anything. Once an agent said "it was a weapon". I told him "only if you are a wine bottle" and told him to put it back in my bag. He got his supervisor over and he said "forget about it how do you think the wine gets opened in First Class...."
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Old May 11th, 2012, 11:41 AM
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I used to carry a key tool on my key ring for the longest time. TSA finally snagged it. I have a couple of survival kits in a can...I for got I stowed it in a bag I rarely use for travell. They never even found it and it was in a outside pocket! I must have made three round trip before I realized it was there.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 12:15 PM
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My key tool (identical above) was snagged in HK, and a maclaren stroller was pulled for additional screening in EWR lol
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Old May 11th, 2012, 12:39 PM
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Old May 11th, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Slaughter they did the same to me the first time I went to Africa. 300 people in line at the ticket counter (fortunately we were priority) and they ask me to pull out my ammo, shotgun, and .300WSM and a few gasps were heard to say the least. Even I felt weird doing it after 9/11

On my last trip over I took my .375 and probably had my biggest FUBAR of all time.

The first trip over with the .300 my bolt seized up (after we test fired the night before) and I couldn't open the bolt to load a round in the chamber (while stalking Kudu no less). So in my infinite wisdom this trip I decide to pack the bolt separately in my soft case.

At the ticket counter same issue--too much weight--so the agent at the counter asked what could I pull from checked to carry. I pull the first item (soft case) and put it in my carry bag. Go thru security. TSA asks if I'm carrying 'gun parts', and I honestly say 'no way' forgetting the bolt in the case. Well, they pull it, and tell me it's going to be melted for scrap. Now I'm headed to Africa to hunt buffalo with a .375 with no bolt. Man did I feel stupid.

In the end I talk the TSA supervisor into escorting me directly to the gate with the bolt to gate check the bag. Of course American moved my flight 3 times in 30 minutes and the guy finally gives up and says 'you're stewed--we can't go between terminals'. So now I'm dead in the water with a .375 I've customized and spent hours shooting in prep for the hunt. Looks like I'll be borrowing a gun, but...

Fortunately my girlfriend drove out to the airport that day, claimed the bolt, and another guy leaving 3 days later brought it over to me. We were hunting Buff on the tail end of the trip so it all worked out and I learned a good lesson. The TSA supervisor was great and did what he could, but the agent escorting me was an ass-hat. He told me while we were running between gates he would have told me to pound sand if it were him. Anyway lesson learned and I was fortunate.
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