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Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:12 am

Hi Guys,

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?

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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:25 am

I've never had a problem. I like to take mine to listen to tower & ground during a layover . I plug in my headphones,and nobody is the wiser...
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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 6:26 am


Over the past two years I've gone through security about 80 times and never once did someone say anything......

Maybe I'll see you up here this weekend...

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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:09 am

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's almost guaranteed to arrive damaged if you do  Big grin
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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:10 am

You shouldn't have any problems... it's not like you can start talking into the thing and mis-guiding people in the air  Big grin
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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:08 am

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.
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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:28 am

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!! =)
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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:34 am

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.

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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:42 am

Hey Rafal,

on my trip to Europe this past summer, I had my scanner with me in the camera bag, which I took with me as a carry-on, and I had no problems whatsoevery with the TSA. Good luck! Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:18 pm

Thanks all for your input. In this case I will have whole scanner in my camera bag. If they give me hard time I will let you know  Big grin

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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:50 pm

If anyone could please help me with this one I would be most appreciative.

I have a radio shack pro-94 and despite reading the directions, I still am clueless as to how to work it so i can hear aircraft communication. I apologize for being so technologically lame.

I bought a book listing frequencies from radio shack, but no help. There is nothing wrong with the unit. The problem is me.

should I go back to the store? is there a website I could visit?

any advice to help would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 2:04 pm


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....

this one covers more places...

Good Luck...

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RE: Scanner And TSA

Sat Feb 05, 2005 3:41 pm

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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