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Old 01-17-10, 12:37 PM   #1
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flying back home..can i "carry-on" my tools/parts?

..this is probably the wrong forum to ask...

Anyone know if I can carry-on my parts like seat, seat post, derailleurs, brake levers, cables, allen wrenches, wire cutters? Or will I have to check them in?
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I'd check them in. Actually, I'd FedEx them home rather than have them disappear as onboard. They won't let so much as a replaceable bit screwdriver as carry-on any more.
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What he said ^^. I thought about trying to bring my crankset on carry-on but decided against it. I also figured that small wrenches and drivers could raise suspicion too.
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According to the TSA website, you can carry tools like screwdrivers that are 7 inches or less in length. However...even with this list printed out from their website, a TSA agent prevented me from doing so last summer. You never know who you're gonna get at the gate to wreck your trip, so check it.
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If you want to avoid any hassle. Don't bring any tools on your carry-on.
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When the guy with the scanner said he saw something in my carry-on bag that I couldn't take onboard, I was all "OH. Heh, it's this, isn't it?" and pulled out my Progressive tone-tracer, with a lethal-looking steel tip, similar to this:



He was all, "actually nope, it's this," and pulled out my 4-inch adjustable wrench.



Yeah, my tiny 4-inch adjustable wrench is a major threat to your jumbo jet. Whatever, I'm not missing my flight over a $10 wrench.
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Old 01-17-10, 05:41 PM   #7
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Check it in.

Buy a starter pistol and keep it in your toolbox and declare it as a "firearm" to make sure everything gets there.

http://lifehacker.com/5448014/pack-a...-theft-or-loss
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good stuff guys.. thanks!
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I know you can't take a pedal wrench on! I used to do that for when I'd rent a bike and wanted to put on my own pedals. Got turned back once recently and won't do it again. That particular inspection point had a gift shop nearby and the guy let me go and buy a padded envelope and postage to mail it to myself.
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If its a tool, they won't let you on the plane with it as carry on.

if it's a bike part, like a greasy freewheel, or a bunch of sample parts, they usually do.
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