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David Novo

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I am going to do a liveaboard to the Red Sea in the upcoming weeks and I am planning to carry as much dive gear as possible in the hand luggage, as I arrive 6 hours before the boat sails.

Does anyone have experience with regulators and/or backplates in the hand luggage, when in transit between International lines in Instanbul?
 

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You will have to have an eye on the max allowance (kg and size) for cabin luggage of your airline, that may be 8 kg or less.
Saying that, we always travel with first and second stage and computer in hand luggage. Never had a problem, although it speeds up the x-ray process if you take this hardware out of your bag.
 

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You will have to have an eye on the max allowance (kg and size) for cabin luggage of your airline, that may be 8 kg or less.
Saying that, we always travel with first and second stage and computer in hand luggage. Never had a problem, although it speeds up the x-ray process if you take this hardware out of your bag.
Weight is not an issue. I am concerned that they may consider the backplate a problem.
 

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This is what I am doing these days. No problem on the inbound route thru istanbul. I had everything with me on board. I wouldn't try doing this with egypt air or nile air, but it works for turkish air.

 

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I generally do not carry all my gear onboard for the returning flights. It’s mostly not having my gear at the destination that concerns me. I will check in the wetsuits, boots, fins, and anything else that is less expensive.
 

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regulator in handluggage is not a problem, but a backplate... to be confirmed
 

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I have flown out of Hurghada and Marsa Alam several times with a wing/backplate and regulators in my hand luggage. I have never had any issues, these airports will see lots of divers so are used to the equipment. Obviously make sure any knifes or cutting devices are removed, and I always pack reels in checked luggage. Never flown through Istanbul, so can’t help on that one.
 

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Just back from HRG, zip ties and allen wrenches were confiscated; reels and spols were removed from hand luggage.
Had some discussion about torch batteries at the entrance screening station (they insisted that the need to go into checked luggage, so I humored the guy and put them back into carry on before check-in).
 

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Looks like that's very depending on the mood of the guys at the screening station, or whether they like your face or not...
I went through with torch with batteries (to show that it's working) and some small (scuba) parts in hand luggage - no issues.
Or may be they are looking for things you can make dangerous tools of... They certainly thought you will zip tie the crew and disassemble the aircraft. Crazy you...
 
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