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Thinking About Taking My CMoy On A Plane: Should I Risk The Inevitable Security Freakout?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey, guys. I'm departing for a trip to Mobile, Alabama tomorrow, and I'm considering bringing along my Fischer Audio FA-003 for the plane ride over. I currently only have access to my CMoyBB 2.03, but I'm apprehensive about bringing it along.

 

Has anyone had a bad experience or general advice about security when carrying an amp or DAC that could look questionable?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 22

Depending on the TSA person, they may or may not stop you and question the device as it goes through the x-ray machine.  I've been stopped and questioned twice when I traveled a lot.  Just stay cool and tell them what it really is; after that it's smooth sailing until the next security check point.  I never had to demo my portable amps to justify what they are, but YMMV.

 

Also, I'm sure you already know this, but NEVER, EVER joke about it being something else.  I had a coworker who did this with his DIY battery pack when he was questioned about it and his smart-ass remark caused him to be detained, questioned, and he missed the flight - rightfully so.


Edited by alphaphoenix - 4/5/12 at 7:15pm
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

I've printed out screenshots of the JDS Labs page for the CMoyBB as well as of the review page here on Head-Fi for it. That way I'll be able to better explain if and when I'm questioned about it.

 

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

If I encounter noteworthy reactions from security, I'll tell all of Head-Fi about it later (like when I was strip-searched for wearing my ATH-M50 in an electronics store in Germany).

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

Hey, guys. I'm departing for a trip to Mobile, Alabama tomorrow, and I'm considering bringing along my Fischer Audio FA-003 for the plane ride over. I currently only have access to my CMoyBB 2.03, but I'm apprehensive about bringing it along.

 

Has anyone had a bad experience or general advice about security when carrying an amp or DAC that could look questionable?

 

Thanks!


 


 

I think it will depend, at least in part, on your appearance, attitude, explanation, and what else you have with you.

But in any event I'd expect them to examine it closely, due to its nature as a piece of electronics unfamiliar to most people.

post #6 of 22

I would like to hear more about this!
 

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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

If I encounter noteworthy reactions from security, I'll tell all of Head-Fi about it later (like when I was strip-searched for wearing my ATH-M50 in an electronics store in Germany).



As many others mentioned, just explain to the agent what it is. It would not hurt to bring along some documentation/photos to explain it as well. Though, with air travel these days, you should be prepared for the seizing of anything.

post #7 of 22

I really don't think that one should take a cmoy onto a plane... it would be ok as a check-in luggage of course.

 

I am weary of the TSA people, so if an amp is to be carried on-board, it should be one that looks quite commercial a product. 

 

 

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post

I would like to hear more about this!
 



As many others mentioned, just explain to the agent what it is. It would not hurt to bring along some documentation/photos to explain it as well. Though, with air travel these days, you should be prepared for the seizing of anything.

 

 

Agreed.


 

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Originally Posted by panzerfan View Post

I really don't think that one should take a cmoy onto a plane... it would be ok as a check-in luggage of course.

 

I am weary of the TSA people, so if an amp is to be carried on-board, it should be one that looks quite commercial a product. 

 

 


 

Agree that one shouldn't try to take a cMoy onto a commercial flight.

Not sure if it's OK in checked in luggage - just not sure.  Those bags do get examined.

And someone finds this small odd piece of electronics 'disguised' as something familiar...

If I did try to bring mine onto a commercial flight, I'd put it in checked baggage wrapped in

some papers (with pics) describing what it is - from e.g. the JDS website and elsewhere.

 

Another option, which I guess could be useful with a more expensive piece of gear due to

the time and effort involved, is to go through the procedures required to bring "high value" items

along in your checked-in luggage.  People who travel to trade shows with high priced samples,

for instance, are familiar with these procedures.

post #9 of 22

check your batteries in your luggage, and just purchase a battery before you hop on the plane.

 

I was wondering this myself how well would a cmoy pass through security. I'm waiting for the parts to build mine.  I flew recently with a fiio e5 lol. I had my playstation3 and games in my carry on lol. I got selectively searched though because I didn't realize my driver's license was 1 year expired at the time.


Edited by hypertek - 4/6/12 at 4:21am
post #10 of 22

I've taken DAPs, DAC/amps and various phones in my carryon baggage for flights to Asia and never had a problem - they might spend an extra 3 seconds scanning it at the X-Ray machine, but its not the electronics that concerns the operators. They are looking for anything that could be plastic explosive or a weapon - might be different with fullsize transformers etc but most portable kit is just one or more PCBs - I didnt even remove my LI-on batteries : would you do that with an iPOD ?

 

US Customs may be stricter, but we have a pretty good record in Oz - here's hoping it stays that way. 

post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

I've taken DAPs, DAC/amps and various phones in my carryon baggage for flights to Asia and never had a problem - they might spend an extra 3 seconds scanning it at the X-Ray machine, but its not the electronics that concerns the operators. They are looking for anything that could be plastic explosive or a weapon - might be different with fullsize transformers etc but most portable kit is just one or more PCBs - I didnt even remove my LI-on batteries : would you do that with an iPOD ?

 

US Customs may be stricter, but we have a pretty good record in Oz - here's hoping it stays that way. 


The concern is not with US Customs.

It's with the TSA.

 

Still, though, after thinking on it a little more, I think it should be OK in checked in luggage

because there are so many small electronic devices like cameras and cell phones that

are just part of life today.

 

 

post #12 of 22

I would not bring it, I dont need another reason too be groped by a scary fat guy because I wanted too bring a suprisingly good amp built into a altoids tin

post #13 of 22

Dont they give you the option to be groped by a fat chick instead ?  Man. what kind of Fascist dictatorship are you people living in ? 

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, thanks for the interest in and concern over the topic! It turns out that my regional airport didn't even give the CMoy a second glance, and it ended up being useless anyways because my FA-003 didn't isolate as well as I thought and I just used my Klipsch S4i's.

 

I would have been apprehensive about checking it with my luggage because I wouldn't be there ti explain the thing when my luggage is torn apart. I've lost a couple of items post-9/11 in checked baggage.

post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkblade48 View Post

I would like to hear more about this!

Here's the thread and ensuing controversy over the incident, which happened with a private security force last July-ish:

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/564380/how-comparing-headphones-ended-in-me-being-strip-searched-a-lesson-in-stupidity
 

 

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