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David Hansen (Login eightman) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 188.8.131.52
I am headed to AMPS for the first time which for me means air travel. I would like to take a model in my carry-on but I am in the dark about what to expect going through the security check. What has been your experience? Any advice about surviving the almost-inevitable bag inspection?
(Login jamesguld) Missing-Lynx members 184.108.40.206
In the same boat
March 31 2012, 9:49 AM
I'm flying too with models for the first time and plan to use a plastic container with a removable lid. Make sure you check your airlines maximum container size as it varies from carrier to carrier. Good luck and hope to see you at the show.
Having flown to AMPS in 2007, 2009, & 2011, passing through Airport security/TSA was the least of my problems. The airplane and "helpful" passengers were more of an issue.
- Just make sure that you use a container that can be opened easily if required - I have found several plastic ones that have a carrying handle and sturdy latches.
- Brace your model well with foam or other materials so it does not move around in said container.
- Give some consideration on how you will carry the container through the airport. I took two models to AMPS last year and put the model containers inside of a "green" shopping bag.
- Give some thought on where you are going to put your models on the plane. I prefer at my feet, so I control my model's destiny. In 2007 a helpful passenger let me "encroach" on his space with the model. I was dozing as we took off. I awoke to see the model under my neighbor's feet. It rode the rest of the way to BWI Airport on my lap...
Hope this helps and see you all in 25 days
AMPS 2012 International Convention Show Chair.
(Login bernets) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
no problems so far
March 31 2012, 1:05 PM
Hi David, I had no problems travelling to Euro twice with models in my hand luggage. Nobody wanted to look into my box either.
X-ray does not show materials like plastic, resin, plaster, wood and styropor because their density is too low. Metall and some heavier 2component puttys show up though.
One agent even asked me whether there was some thing inside my box at all, because it was light and 'empty'. A fellow modeller told me that metal barrels and screws don't raise suspicion but that friul metal tracks do. Probably because they can't make sense of them.
I can second all said above about fixing the model inside the box for travel and other passengers. You should however plan in some time at the hotel to get your model out of the box again before the show. I was sweating blood and water in front of a competition table last year because my vignette just wouldn't come out of that damn box again!
(Login maxfinn) Missing-Lynx members 18.104.22.168
I've had no issues in the past...
April 2 2012, 11:16 AM
I pack them into a semi-clear or clear plastic storage tub that will fit under the seat in front of me. The reason I use the semi-clear tubs is that it will allow the TSA personnel to see inside the box without opening it and poking around. I also tape a notice to the top that the contents are extremely fragile museum quality models and to set nothing on top of the box.
In addition, I try to find the most reasonable looking TSA agent manning the security lines. Not that appearances are a guarantee of reasonable behavior, but I figure if a person looks reasonable, and looks to have English as their first language, I'll be better off if there is a conversation that needs to occur. It is my hope that if someone deems it necessary that the box be opened, they will let me open it.
So far the above has worked well. I've flown to two IPMS Nationals (from Atlanta to Orange County and Phoenix) and haven't had a problem yet and have gotten all my models round trip with no damage.
Mike (who is driving to his first AMPS Int'l this year)