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    U-lock in carry-on luggage?

    Anyone have any recent experience with this? Do they freak out at all that metal?

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    It all depends on the airport security and thier policies. Some may think that all that metal in a U lock can be used as a weapon. I had to check in my carry on because I had a pedal wrench in it.

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    I wouldn't risk it.

    If you're going to carry something as big and bulky as a U-lock, put it in the box with your bicycle (secured so it won't bang into the bicycle) or your clothing/pannier bag.

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    Hi,

    I don't have U-lock. But never had problems with pedals in the carry buggage. In Japan my pedals and lock (metal) were no problem - but my plastic pump and the tools to screw on the pedals were dangerous. These dangerous things were transport by the cabin crew. Before 9/11 this was a standard behaviour you can request it. Knifes and liquids are thrown away (formerly transported by the cabin crew)

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    G'day

    Common sense would suggest that it is a possible weapon so I would suspect they might get a little touchy about it. If in doubt I would suggest checking with the airline(s).

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    I got warned about a cable lock over the summer, they let me go but suggested I pack it in my check in bag on the way home. So I would not risk it.
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    5 in pedal wrench -> Busted
    8mm hex wrench -> Busted (What am I going to do take apart a seat!?!)
    U-lock 4 for 4 post 9/11 just fine.

    Oh, I had the helmet dangling from my carryon each time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by escii_35 View Post
    Oh, I had the helmet dangling from my carryon each time.
    That remind me my girlfriend got warned about her helmet! What is she going to do, headbutt her way into the cockpit?!
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    I had to check my helmet to get into a concert once. A Bachman-cummings concert at that. They said I didn't have to check my boots though.

    Crap like this is why I don't fly anywhere.

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    Ten years ago, when I was flying from India to Nepal, my friend had a U-lock in her carry on luggage. They didn't want to let her on with it, because she could use it to club the pilot. Eventually she convinced them that she wouldn't hit the pilot with it, and they let her on. Today I doubt that they would be so lenient.

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    I would avoid any metalwork in your carryon. On European Union flights it is pretty much forbiden.
    I use acable lock and use it to stabilise the front wheel against the frame.
    Also be aware that some airports like to manually inspect waterbottles so if you have packed them with the bike they will need unpacking. I depends if they do a scan or manual search.

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    2008: A combitool with 8 allen keys were ok (forgot it in the carry on)
    2007: 15mm pedal wrench not ok (had to throw away), but 10mm ok.
    2001: Forgot (really..) my Kryptonite in the carry on. The security guy thought it looked suspicious on the x-ray and wanted to see it. Much to my surprise, once he saw what it was it was ok. It was in Italy though (and in July). (On the same flight someone who didn't board managed to have their checked in bagage loaded in the hold...)

    I haven't dared bringing the pedals in the carry on, and with my recent experience of wrenches and other tools I don't think I will (all my flights have been international but within Europe with European airlines). And most certainly not a U-look, I just tape it to the frame.

    Edit: Flying from Innsbruck this summer they even put the hole bike through the (too small) x-ray machine (every time before, since they started caring, they have used a hand scanner type of thing).

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    I got the "bag-check" with my carry on both times I've flown with clipless pedals/shoes in my carry on. They were just confused as why there was metal cleats on the shoes and what the pedals were (had them stuffed inside the shoes in my carry-on. Explained it and they let it through.

    Another time, I was visiting my brother in Houston and he gave me a mtb suspension fork to take home. Carried it on with the steer tube sticking straight out the top of my backpack. Got "bag-check" (probably from all the metal tubing and springs), the guy took it out of the bag, looked confused, another guy made the motion of handlebars going up and down, and they put it back and let me through. I was super worried about that one and was kind of shocked they let me through.

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    Back before 9/11, I would ask for hand-inspection of my camera, and had guys tell me it wouldn't hurt, send it through the xray. But then invariably, when I sent it through the xray, they would then want to hand-inspect it. So you just can't win.

    It's funny to me that people tote all ths carry on luggage with long collapsible metal handles on it. You could make some pretty good ninja tools out of those handles (or build them into the handles).

    You might just use the U-lock to lock your baggage closed.
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    I went through airport security just last July with a U-lock in my carry-on. They stopped the x-ray and hand searched the bag. The first inspector pulled it out of the bag with a quizzical look (the look seemed more of a "what do we do", not a "what is this", type look) and showed it to the other inspector. The second inspector nodded to the first and said it was okay and asked me if I was taking a bike trip. I also had my helmet attached to the carry on.

    I usually ship my bike ahead of time via fedex, so I like to keep the weight down to save a few bucks. But looking back on it, I think on future trips I'll put the lock in the box with the bike and not risk it being an issue. Still be cheaper than taking the bike on the plane.
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    I would be careful about any metal object you don't want to lose. I recently had an airport security worker in France confiscate a simple climbing carabiner from my backback. She said she suspected I could use it as a weapon to bludgeon people. It weighed only a few grams. I imagine she would have freaked out if I had been carrying my bicycle U-lock. It does seem wiser to ship the U-lock with the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doconabike View Post
    It does seem wiser to ship the U-lock with the bike.
    Unfortunately, I'm not shipping a bike or checking luggage. I and a friend will be renting bikes for three days to tool around san diego and re-visit all haunts (we toured through here before when doing the entire coast). The rental shop would charges extra for locks and I was trying to save a few bucks.

    Presumably a cable lock would be just as suspicious. Oh well.

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    I once had a butter knife confiscated, and not just any butter knife, it was the one that came with my mid-flight meal on the connecting flight. they did leave me the fork (for stabbin') and the spoon, (for soupin') though.

    Also, come to think of it, the razor blade I keep in my wallet (Double edged, not a wimpy cartridge)

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