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Old 05-17-10, 05:51 PM   #1
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anyone pack a u-lock or coil bicycle lock on a flight in their carry-on luggage?

Has anyone brought a u-lock or coil lock on a flight in their carry-on luggage.
I'm not sure if the overly-paranoid TSA would have a problem with these items.
The website didn't specifically prohibit these items.
I'm headed out of town and may have access to a bicycle.
I'd like to bring both types of locks with me.
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Old 05-18-10, 12:01 AM   #2
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Never tried, but I bet you can't get on board with either.
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Old 05-18-10, 12:10 AM   #3
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Nermal is probably right. You might be better off just buying a lock at your destination and giving it away before you fly back.
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Nermal is probably right. You might be better off just buying a lock at your destination and giving it away before you fly back.
Well that seems like it would kinda suck.

Do you have checked luggage anyways? If no one else has experience doing that, perhaps you could get there a little early, then walk up to the security checkpoint before checking your luggage in and ask the tsa people standing there. If you can bring it in your carry-on, bring it. If you can't, put it in your checked luggage.

Obviously, it would be better if someone else who's actually done it a couple times responded. :-)
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Old 05-18-10, 11:42 AM   #5
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I had a wire lock rejected once. It took three security officers five minutes to decide that... Since I only brought hand luggage, I had to check in the lock separately at the special luggage desk. It got packed in a wrapped-up plastic bag big enough to fit an entire bicycle.

Since then, I've brought the lock on several trips, but I've never been stopped again. I guess the item isn't specifically prohibited in any guidelines, so it's up to the individual security officer to decide.
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I was in a similar position, but it was with knitting needles - which had been prohibited at one point after 9-11 - but were no longer on the list. The best thing you can do before hand is contact the airline or airport and ask. Be specific as to what you want to bring since the person you call or email may not be familiar with the different types of locks.

Another option is to mail locks to your destination before hand if you have someone who can receive them for you.

That being said, I think you're probably okay these days with the U-lock if I can resume my in-flight knitting.
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