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It seems to me that ARRL could be of great help to the travelling ham by
helping educate TSA about amateur radio equipment. If there is one common
characteristic I have seen among TSA employees, it is ignorance. They may now
all have seen digital cameras but the average one can't tell a K2 from a video
camera. To any of them ham radio equipment just looks "suspicious." In the
absence of information to the contrary, the easy course if for them to forbid
Putting stuff in the checked baggage is worse! If you carry it on, at least
you are there to explain it.
Why can't we talk TSA HQ into putting out a "bulletin" to their employees - one
we can get a copy of - that explains ham equipment, say that it is that it is
not suspicious, and so get equipment through. The alternative is that you have
each one of 10,000 ignorant agents making up policy on the spot based upon
Do you think that there is a role for ARRL here?
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