Your likelihood of success with a stove on an airplane is largely a function of which airport you use. Phoenix is very strict. We lost a Coleman peak II there. They have a large number of folks doing the Grand Canyon. So they know to ask.[/quote]
That's what I was told by a TSA employee in Kalispell when I asked about flying with stoves. Basically, "If we catch you we take it." It's not the smell. It's the fuel and burn residue. Stupid, I know, since the thing is harmless, but for this reason I will not fly with my dragonfly.
1. If you are shipping your bike FedEx, UPS, etc., pack the stove and empty fuel bottle with the bike. That's what I did last year for a trip.
2. Ship the stove abd bottle to yourself in Buffalo. Some (all?) FedEx locations will hold packages for pickup. If you use general delivery mail, make sure the Buffalo post office it goes to is accessible.