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Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by rsingler, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. taimen

    taimen Rebreather Pilot

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  2. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That may be a pipe dream. I'm not sure TSA workers can read.
     
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  3. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Dang, when was that discussion??? There was a really well done letter (with some really good hidden sarcasm in it)...
     
  4. OTF

    OTF Nassau Grouper

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    Funniest thing I've read all day. May have to use that one.

    I'm not sure if it was TSA, the shipping company, or some other Men in Black. But I once had a piece of equipment shipped that arrived damaged, apparently by a clueless inspection. Security bands on a pelican case busted, oil-filled housing improperly pried open, mineral oil spilled everywhere. I get how oil-compensated electronics housings probably look terrifying on an x-ray, but this was pretty clearly a non-threatening piece of oceanographic gear. And even if it wasn't, for god sake don't go disassembling unknown high-tech spooky looking pressure housings without knowing what they are!

    Back to the original subject:
    On planes I've always kept heavy/valuable/unusual/electronic items as carry-ons and never had a problem explaining them.

    I have left notes in with equipment before, or at least a big label like "harmless underwater photography equipment - no lithium batteries - call (cell number) with questions" but I don't think they ever pay attention to anything like that. Nobody has ever called. Something like "underwater critical life support equipment - do not tamper" might help, maybe. The idea of including pictures and a manual or product brochure isn't bad. But again they probably don't care to look at any of that.
     
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  5. bubblemonkey2

    bubblemonkey2 Marine Scientist

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    I went through Singapore, Bali, Jakarta, Hawaii and Seattle earlier this year with a head in my backpack and the rest in an ordinary suitcase, without a single agent or inspector batting an eye or even wanting to take a look. Weird, I know. Did I "White Privilege?" Or did they all already know about COVID, and yeah nah not touching that mate

    The only place in the world where I've had to hand-sew luggage back together was in HNL. It's like a sport there
     
  6. Open Ocean Diver

    Open Ocean Diver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    What is a jj toy?
     
  7. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Rebreather
     
  8. bubblemonkey2

    bubblemonkey2 Marine Scientist

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    Something GUE divers call anyone who hasn't endured their trademarked hazing process?
     
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  9. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The screening is frighteningly random. I frequently travel with an electronic system that is designed to inflate a balloon at defined intervals (discussion for another day). It's got wires, circuit boards, electronic inputs, and pistons sticking out all over it. On some days TSA never bats and eye and passes it through. On other days, they pull me aside and give me the third degree.

    So back to the OP, I think a picture and the instruction manual on top would be most helpful.
     
  10. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

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    I put my 1962 twin 38 tanks in an extra large Pelican Case (valve/manifold removed) last time I flew from California to Florida to participate in the Sea Hunt Forever Show. I put a large sticker on the outside of the case and on the inside that identified exactly what it was: "TSA: Contains vintage air cylinders." I also printed my cell phone number and email on the stickers so (since it was checked baggage) so they could contact me immediately if there were any questions. No problems whatsoever; however a TSA agent did scrawl on the inside note: "Cool tanks - go Mike Nelson!" :)
     

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