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Offline Pete

Dynamo lights on aircraft
« on: February 15, 2005, 07:19:14 am »
Can anyone tell me if there is a ban on taking dynamo lights on aircraft?
If not, should the dynamo be left on the bike or detached and carried in hand luggage. If the latter, a grenade shaped object with wires is sure to be spotted by the x-ray staff.
I can't actually see why there would be any danger but that doesn't mean they aren't restricted items.
Maybe I'm just over-cautious but I can do without having to buy a replacement on arrival, should it be confiscated.

Pete



Offline LDiskin

Dynamo lights on aircraft
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2005, 09:15:48 pm »
I've never heard of anything other than an actual weapon, or something that can be used as a weapon, be "confiscated" by airport security.

If you take it as carry on, they certainly may open your bag and inpect it but they can tell the difference between a bomb and a light. The worst they will do is check it as baggage and not allow you to take it onboard the passenger section of the plane with you.

If you just leave it on your bike and check it that way, they may open your bike box to inspect things but they will not confiscate anything that is not actually dangerous.

Also, TSA's policies are changing on a nearly daily basis, there are certain items that they allow onboard today and not tomorrow and then they allow them again on the next day...There is no way to know what to expect, it is set up that way on purpose as a security measure.



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Larry Diskin
Adventure Cycling Association
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Larry Diskin
Adventure Cycling Association

Offline RussellSeaton

Dynamo lights on aircraft
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2005, 11:06:14 pm »
No first hand knowledge, but...  The Paris Brest Paris ride occurred in August 2003.  PBP riders use a variety of dynamo lights.  Tire sidewall driven and front hub driven such as the Schmidt and Shimano.  In the RUSA publications, no mention was made of dynamos being confiscated at the airport.  I am pretty sure there would have been an article or two if this had occurred.  So I doubt you have anything to worry about.