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Re: Batteries and airlines

I have carried my HT with telescopic Pryme AL-800 antenna and Mahana's HT along 
with my cell phone, gps, digital camera, and battery charger all in the same 
carry on bag. I have never had a problem with it before 911 or after 911. I 
have carried it to Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Paris, and points stateside after 

I was only questioned once when in a Yellow Alert and I told them I was a ham. 
They didn't even open the bag, just said we were wondering with all the 
electronic devices you had. 

I was also asked once by the airline counter person if I had any electronic 
equipment with me. I said yes and started with digital camera and she said 
that's okay. I did not go further and security didn't question me or check me 
(that was the return trip from Spain). 

I have never been asked to turn anything on. But one time in Atlanta, they did 
swab the inside of the carry on bag and tested for explosive residue. Handed me 
the bag and said thank you. 

I have to stop wearing these Rockport casual shoes. They have a piece of metal 
in the bottom of the shoe (can't feel it, didn't know it was there) but it 
trips the metal detectors every time. They take away my shoes and check them 
and bring them back. That is more of an inconvienence to me than all my 
electronic stuff. 


Bruce Paige, KK5DO                             
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