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VFR Flight Bag Security Concern?  
User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1135 times:

Hello All,
I am going to be going to BOS for the Christmas holidays, and I want to take all my flying things with me so I can study for checkride which will be coming up in February. Even though my VFR charts, flying books, etc. have no bearing on airline flying, should I expect to be stopped by security?

Thanx in advance,
Olympic A-340

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User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

I took my flight bag on a trip from ORD to STL on United a few years back. I know it was before 9/11, but no one questioned me or anything out of the ordinary.

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1119 times:

I took my pilot bag along one time on a flight to Atlanta to study. Everything was fine.


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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

Along as it's publicly available information (i.e. NOAA charts, textbooks) and not security-sensitive material (i.e. proprietary airline training materials if you're not an airline pilot), there should be no problem whatsoever. I mean, it's still legal to train for a pilot's license, isn't it?


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User currently offlineHmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1097 times:

Everyone is stopped by security. Your concern is that this type of thing might make you a subject for extra attention. To be honest, if you were arabic-looking, that might be a red flag to them. But nothing will come of it, of course. You're not a terrorist. You'll still make your flight. (In some more draconian countries, you might have some explaining to do.)


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

There should be no problems Olympic...Ive taken my flight stuff on airliners a few times since 9/11 and never had any problem...I'd be hesitant to take it out on a plane though, might make other pax nervous and cause a ruckus...

Greg



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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

Dear Olympic -
Be reminded that the 9/11 terrorists were once trained as pilots...
To be certain of no problems, check-in the bags containing your equipment.
There is 99% chances no questions will be asked...
But nowadays - security is... security and they might ask you a few questions.
Have a good flight...
(s) Skipper


User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4200 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

I take at least a few of my flight books with me on every flight i go on, and my GPS- never have given me any trouble. My airport ID badge helps things got a bit smoother at security too.  Smile A student pilot with a VFR flight kit won't scare anyone.


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User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

Thanx guys...I will just carry them on the plane (I mean I am a 16 yr old traveling with my mum) I doubt I look that suspicious  Big grin.

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