Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2362 times:
I would like to know if TSA will give me hard time going thru security check point at IAD if I will have scanner in my carry on.
I'm not planning on listening it during the flight, I just don't want to place it in my checked laguage.
Will they think that antena is something that can do harm to passengers?
What if I keep the antena in the checked bag and scanner in carry on?
ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2298 times:
Like AA 777 I've travelled countless times with my scanner and never had any problems. One time when I was selected for the SSSS screening a TSA guy was looking at it and seemed genuinely interested in it and how it works and what you could hear. One hint...if anybody asks what it is just say something like its a fancy radio or its used for listening to race drivers or something like that (which is all true) rather than saying something like "its an airband radio scanner." Some people hear airplanes mentioned in the same sentence as anything else and they get antsy for no reason. Also, be sure it has working batteries in it because, like most electronic devices, you may be asked to turn it on to show that it works.
Definitely do NOT check it for any reason...it's almost guaranteed to arrive damaged if you do
TimT From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
Just wait- I was told by a TSA screener that within the next two weeks you will NOT be able to carry your trusty BIC lighter. Matches are fine, just no lighter. I can see someone carrying a box of the old style kitchen matches. The "strike anywhere" type.
Airborn86 From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
Lindy, no problem what so ever, trust me. I flew to Newark about 1 month ago and carried my scanner. They didn't even ask me why I had it. The worst that could happen is that they ask you for what purposes you have it. In that case, just tell them the truth! You will be fine!! =)
Clipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 685 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
Just remember that the rules change at virtually every airport and with every shift of TSA employees. I agree that it shouldn't be a problem, but if you're unlucky enough to get the wrong screener, then look out. Best of luck.
This should tell you how to program it. Once you find and store a few frequencies you'll have something to listen to. It has tons of channels so you can store lots. I have an older Pro-51, I set it up with pretty much everything from Logan on 1-20, all the local airports on 21-30 all the Boston Center on 30-50, fire 50-60 ect....that way you can turn off and on the banks of channels depending on what you want to hear.
You'll be amazed at how far you can hear planes at altitude, I'm just in the south west corner of Boston and can hear planes over upstate NY.
Play with it, you can always reprogram a channel if you mess it up.
Here's where I get my frequencies....
Bluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3164 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
I've carried my scanner in my briefcase while on business trips, and have not had a problem with it. I'll usually detach the antenna when I put it in the briefcase, and attach it while waiting to board my flight, listening with earphones.
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