Originally Posted by elrod-tom
I'm also concerned about the pointless (and pointlessly nasty) commentary that was hijacking the thread. As I mentioned earlier, bitching about what a bunch of knuckle-dragging, perverted, racist, criminal morons these folks are is both offensive and accomplishes nothing. These folks are charged with doing what they can to stop us from being blown out of the sky when flying. While there are certainly issues that need dealing with IMHO to make that experience less of an ordeal (to say nothing of more secure), some of the stuff I was reading in here was way over the top.
The bottom line is that we need to understand how the system works, and how to work the system. Maybe that means that I don't travel with my portable stuff any more. I hope not, but if that's what it comes down to, then so be it. But we need to know...one way or the other.
Rather than arguing semantics (yes, that's what this has boiled down to - nobody's really arguing policy or even legal points, they're quibbling over the useage of the words suspend, waive, reduce, blah blah blah, all to feel like they're right, not to actually contribute to the thread) it'd be nice if we could get more ideas from people on how to prevent this, not a discussion of how whitey keeps us down.
So far, the summary:
* Bring a self-addressed padded envelope, just in case
* Put the item in original, factory packaging
* Bring a manual, schematics, etc.
* Call ahead of time and check with the carrier (what has been the experience with this? I could see agents saying, "No, sir, that won't be allowed" for just about anything, if asked. Is it worth it?)
* Don't bring a headphone amp.
Any other ideas? Would it work to bring an invoice and try to get the confiscating agent to sign and document the confiscation to aid later recovery? (Heh, not likely!)
Another thought (which has been already expressed, I believe) is that I believe that the odds of having your Corda confiscated go way up when you've got a mint-tin amp, too. Agents are considering the big picture, and everything from how you're dressed to how you speak with them will be a factor, as will the other things you're carrying. This isn't to say a Corda (or an SR-71, or a Bithead, etc.) would ever be confiscated, but if you've got one item they're suspicious of, everything else that looks similar to it's going to be under much more scrutiny.
GS - I hope you don't take that last paragraph wrong - I don't mean to say that you had it coming, or anything. For this crowd, this is just a high possibility - we (head-fiers) are weird enough to take two amps with us on one flight, and it's a factor.