It looks like paddles attract some extra attention of the security people...
Last April my Bencher paddle really created such a headache for me... It was
a long transcontinental flight, actually, 3 of them in succession, and in
each of the airports I was firmly stopped by the famous X-Ray machines. The
last stop was Toronto where I had to spend good 40 minutes or even more for
a nice chat and was almost late to my (very last that day) flight to
Gonna take another trip like that in September. For sure the paddle will go
to the luggage this time. And no lap-top this time, just in case. And no
radio, for sure.
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Radio as Carry-On Luggage?
>I had a similar experience less than two weeks ago on August 6th while
> returning from VP5. Granted, this was a few days before the latest
> To fit in with some business meetings etc I had to travel by air from
> Glasgow to Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland for the recent IOTA
> contest and had my Bencher paddles, electronic keyer and a 13.8V
> supply in my carry-on bag. Predictably this little lot attracted attention
> at the X-Ray screen and I had my bag inspected. I explained what it all
> and the usual 'swabs' were taken to 'sniff' for explosives. Imagine my
> surprise and concern when the swab from the Bencher paddles lit all the
> lights, set off alarms and generally had people looking at me in a rather
> suspicious manner. I was taken aside, asked by new security staff the who,
> why, what and so on of my journey and belongings including 'Had I been
> handling explosives?'!
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