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Offline malloy

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TSA rules and flying with equipment
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:33:53 PM »
Hopefully, I'll be traveling soon on vacation. I've been reading on TSA rules on what you can and cannot bring on the plane.

Does anyone have any experience with bringing audio equipment on board and did the TSA hassle you because of it?

I ask because a relative is giving me some old audio equipment: power cords and some old audioprism quietline filters. (They are free, so I can't say no!  :))  I've flown with vacuum tubes and some gear before, but that was a long time ago. It is a paranoid world we live in today, so you never know.

I plan to not check the items in and just put them in my carry on.

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Re: TSA rules and flying with equipment
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 09:14:52 AM »
I've brought an amp several times. The only thing I recommend is taking it out like you do your laptop, even though there is no rule about it.

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Re: TSA rules and flying with equipment
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 03:52:20 PM »
In the last 1.5 years I have taken a tube preamp and tubes in checked luggage to and from Taiwan. I have taken a DAC in carry on. Lots of connectors and power cords. No problem at all.

The only thing that made them suspicious was my espresso machine.

Go figure.

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Re: TSA rules and flying with equipment
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 09:06:22 PM »
I've brought an amp several times. The only thing I recommend is taking it out like you do your laptop, even though there is no rule about it.

 :thumb: I'll take all my cords out. I think I'll have more wires packed than clothes!

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Re: TSA rules and flying with equipment
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 09:07:01 PM »
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The only thing that made them suspicious was my espresso machine.

Go figure.

Was it one of the 'fancier' ones?

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Re: TSA rules and flying with equipment
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 11:57:57 PM »
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The only thing that made them suspicious was my espresso machine.

Go figure.

Was it one of the 'fancier' ones?

Ya know, I think this audio thing with Michael is really a ruse.... he’s actually smuggling expresso machines  8-[
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Re: TSA rules and flying with equipment
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2018, 02:03:11 AM »
Nick,

Shhh! They’ll catch on.

My espresso machine is a Rancilio Sylvia II semi-automatic machine. Customs people actually pried open part of the top plate in order to peer inside. There was nothing to see because that section holds the water reservoir and nothing else. The top plate is stainless steel and thanks to their stupidity it is now slightly bent. My Rancilio Rocky grinder was in my luggage, so you’d think they would see a grinder beside an espresso machine and come to the conclusion that I’m a coffee snob but quite harmless.

I could have bought a new one in Taiwan, but it would have been a full MSRP pricing because of the distribution network in Taiwan. Full price is approximately $1050.00 USD whereas I paid about $529 for a refurbished unit from Whole Latte Love a few years ago.

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Re: TSA rules and flying with equipment
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2018, 06:28:15 AM »
Nick,

Shhh! They’ll catch on.

My espresso machine is a Rancilio Sylvia II semi-automatic machine. Customs people actually pried open part of the top plate in order to peer inside. There was nothing to see because that section holds the water reservoir and nothing else. The top plate is stainless steel and thanks to their stupidity it is now slightly bent. My Rancilio Rocky grinder was in my luggage, so you’d think they would see a grinder beside an espresso machine and come to the conclusion that I’m a coffee snob but quite harmless.

I could have bought a new one in Taiwan, but it would have been a full MSRP pricing because of the distribution network in Taiwan. Full price is approximately $1050.00 USD whereas I paid about $529 for a refurbished unit from Whole Latte Love a few years ago.

Michael


Just curious, Michael. What country’s agents bent it?
Nick
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A