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post #16 of 34
They'll see the lotion in the x-ray and might confiscate your amp -- I wouldn't recommend it.

EDIT: This is nibiyabi. Forgot to log out of my friend's account.
post #17 of 34
make sure it has a full case and logo or you might get suspect do not bring those tin can cmoy. i had problem with it, another member almost got thought as a terrorist.
post #18 of 34
I've never had any problems at all and I'm always flying somewhere. They never even check inside of my Headroom bag where there are always 3 or 4 portable amps.
post #19 of 34
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Originally Posted by circularlogic View Post
They'll see the lotion in the x-ray and might confiscate your amp -- I wouldn't recommend it.

EDIT: This is nibiyabi. Forgot to log out of my friend's account.
it was a joke. i don't know anyone who would fill their amp with lotion.
post #20 of 34
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus View Post
I've never had any problems at all and I'm always flying somewhere. They never even check inside of my Headroom bag where there are always 3 or 4 portable amps.
Like Wayne, I'm in the air all the time. I've never had my Waterfield gear bag and contents even raise an eyebrow with TSA. Good advice above about not carrying a DIY MINT amp though. Homemade device = detonator (?).
post #21 of 34

I've never brought a portable amp

But I had a full bacpback of electronics...included DSLR, camcorder, GPS, PDA, cell, a whole pile of adapters, filters, iPod, earbuds. I went through 5 airports and they never questioned any item EXCEPT an AA LED flashlight (twice)
post #22 of 34
back and forth from NYC to Dallas: no issue with Xenos portable amp, in fact they wanted a lesson on audio!
post #23 of 34
I've never had an Issue with a portable amp...My little Dot was fine from London to Sydney to Asia to London to Asia etc lol
post #24 of 34
Thread Starter 
Left jacksonville with it on, and no issues, not even a second look, it however was on when I went through security. Leaving Ohio right now, went through security just fine with it in my laptop bag with it off...they however, are always suspicious of my laptop for whatever reason....
post #25 of 34
I flew with my PINT over Thanksgiving weekend.
post #26 of 34
I flew from LAX to LAS in January and had no problems travelling with my Tomahawk. Went right through withour being stopped, or having my bag checked.

-Ed
post #27 of 34
Folks, keep in mind that this depends on the airport you fly out of and the "whim" of the TSA agent. FYI, I fly about 100K per year and get my bag regularly torn apart. The last time, flying out of Newark, the agent took the amp apart, looking at the batteries. Then he unzipped my Shure e4s, to have my replacement earbuds nearly fall out. He then started to try to pry the iPod out of its case and I just told him to stop and re-xray everything. He backed off and began packing things up. I'm pretty convinced that this is more of a "power trip" than "screening."

The only way to reduce this chance is by taking most all electronics out of packed bags and spread them out in each bin. This will reduce the layers needed for the agents to "peel" back.

In contrast, flying out of Seattle last week, the agents were far more courteous and concerned about my stuff.

The bottom line is that many of them couldn't care less if you paid $40 or $400 on a portable amp.
post #28 of 34
Honestly.. The most suspicious kind of audio equipment you could bring on a plane is an altiods tin with wires coming out of it with a switch and red light..
post #29 of 34
So is it best to have it on your body and carry it through, or place the amp and the cables in that tray for the scanner?

(A random question, because I remember seeing an X-rayed gun on my last trip...are guns allowed as long as they aren't loaded?)
post #30 of 34
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Originally Posted by TheMarchingMule View Post
So is it best to have it on your body and carry it through, or place the amp and the cables in that tray for the scanner?

(A random question, because I remember seeing an X-rayed gun on my last trip...are guns allowed as long as they aren't loaded?)
Never take anything through on your body; it will trigger an immediate full-screening. I hope that you are kidding about the firearm question! Unless you are Law Enforcement, they are absolutely prohibited, and, even then, you must be announced.

If you want to be safe and not have the TSA people man-handle your stuff, take it apart and spread it out in a try (tub) so that it's one layer. For those of you that have had no problems, try going through Newark with a densely packed portable. 20% of the time, they'll tear it apart, inspect it, delay you and then send it back through x-ray the way I said to do it in the first place. The other 80% of the time, it'll breeze right through the machine...
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