Last summer I took my Begali paddle and homebrew keyer (a non-descript
cast aluminum box with 6 push-button switches and a few knobs) to
Macedonia from Newark via Milan in my carry-on. I got pulled over for
inspection in Newark only. The guy asked if I had something big and
metal in my bag. I said yes, that it was a Morse code key, and please
be careful with it. He looked at it, swabbed it, said it was pretty
neat looking, and that was all, fortunately.
Vladimir V. Sidorov wrote:
> 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.
> Vladimir VE3IAE
> 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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