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    Carry crankset on plane?

    Do you think airport security would prevent me from carrying my recently purchased crankset and bottom bracket on an airplane flight? Any experience carrying bicycle parts on a plane? I just shelled out a lot of cash and would rather not have to run to the post office today, or worse, have them confiscate it. My worry is that while TSA might not have a set policy, it is really up to whoever is staring at it in the airport. Maybe I will luck out and get a TSA worker who is also an avid cyclist...

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    put it in a checked bag

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    Last week I would have said "Yes". This week I wouldn't bet on it.

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    It will help to have any indentifying tags or boxes with the parts when traveling. The TSA might open your bags to look at the items, and as long as there is a plausible "this is clearly a bicycle part" sign next to the item, everything should be fine.

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    As long as you are checking them. Carry on may be a problem, as the crank may be considered a bludgeoning device.
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    In checked luggage, you'd be fine. Not so for carry on.

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    Maybe...they may take one look at the teeth on the sprocket and say Hell No!. FWIW brought a Brooks B18 saddle home in my brief case back in October. Then in November a couple of IGH's. Dunno if I would get away with it today.

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    i wouldn't risk it, especially with the high level of stress that people are feeling because of "terrorist" bomb plots.

    I mean, if you really think about it, you could use the crank arm with the chainring as a sort of makeshift axe and do some serious damage to people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    put it in a checked bag
    +1

    Carry that crank on the plane and you're just asking for frightened passengers who'll think you're carrying a ninja star with handles.

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    Hide it in your underwear?

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    I had a crankset in a checked bag on the way home from my last trip back east (we visited Harris Cyclery sometime between Scranton and New Hampshire). No problems. I wouldn't put it in a carry-on, though. The TSA (collectively, but not always distributively) isn't smart enough to understand it, and you'd get detained for trying to explain or defend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thompsonpost View Post
    Hide it in your underwear?
    This!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thompsonpost View Post
    Hide it in your underwear?
    I would love to be behind a person who sets off the metal detectors and starts taking bike parts out of their underwear. That would be a hit youtube video. lol

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    USPS flat rate shipping box. That way it's at least insured.
    You put it in checked baggage and it's as secure and insured as anything else in there; IOW - not at all. I think every airline now has it in their ticket policy that they're not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged etc. baggage and items even if you had to pay extra to have them check it in.
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    They won't let you take it on.

    I got on once with a few u-locks and a heavy duty chain lock, and they really shouldn't have let me on with that. On the return trip, they wouldn't let me on with it. No surprise - things like that - and a crankset/battle axe - could easily harm someone, so don't try to bring it on.

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    I carried folded bicycles in checked luggage, the last one 5 months ago, and tons of parts, again in checked luggage, this last November.

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    If you need it to get there, ship it one way or another. Trying to take it as carry-on would be very risky, and I'd never check anything I'd mind losing.

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    Didn't DB Cooper use a Spectro 7 hub to hold up a plane?

    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Maybe...they may take one look at the teeth on the sprocket and say Hell No!. FWIW brought a Brooks B18 saddle home in my brief case back in October. Then in November a couple of IGH's. Dunno if I would get away with it today.

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    my buddy had a chain tool confiscated from his carry on bag because they couldn't identify it. I wouldn't risk it

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    I once had a 15mm wrench (nice 'cause my rear wheel doesn't have QR...) taken by airport security.

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    In 2000, my wife (then fiancee) and I went climbing in the Alps and on the way back to the U.S. she brought her ice axe as a carry-on. Something completely unthinkable today. As for a crank, why not put it in your checked luggage? Tape a note to it saying it's a bicycle crank or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    As long as you are checking them. Carry on may be a problem, as the crank may be considered a bludgeoning device.
    Yes, like my pedal wrench was. Put it in checked luggage, or mail it.
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    Please let me know if it does turn out to be legal to bring in your carry-on luggage.

    (One slow afternoon at the co-op, one of my buddies took an old bike shipping box and set it up as a target, and began hurling an old MTB drive-side crank at it as if the crank were a throwing axe. The results were most impressive, and as a self-defense / melee / throwing weapon, a drive-side crank appears to be a good one.)

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