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#26917 - 05/12/04 05:02 PM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
uw89 Offline

Registered: 01/25/02
Posts: 18
Loc: Seattle, Washington
Good ideas and a few that I will add on my next trip.
I don’t use a folding wallet, but carry a money clip type wallet. I always remove my cash at the screeners and send the clip through the machine. I carry my swiss microtool and have only once had someone ask to look at it. It was on a return flight from Europe. The guy wanted to see the tiny screwdriver. He passed it through with no problem. BTW, I own the E-vest and use it on every trip. I have a black one, and it works great from business meetings to playing tourist. It easily carries the necessities of water, food, flashlight, PSK, and added things like gum, carmex, alcohol based hand sanitizer, floss, pen, change, tickets…etc.

#26918 - 05/20/04 04:29 PM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
Omega Offline

Registered: 11/10/03
Posts: 77
Sorry for being sarcastic, but sometimes when I read this forum I start thinking how did I manage to live before???!!! <img src="images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> There are so many dangers around, sometimes I am getting into them, but they become good memories later so I do not sorry I had them.
Usually after I come back from abroad I write down things I took and how useful they were. In fact, I have the most recent update about my experience in the Middle East. If someone is interested I can put it here, but please don';t take it very seriously.<img src="images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
What I really find very useful are the following rules:
1. NEVER TAKE WHAT MIGHT BE USEFUL, TAKE ONLY WHAT IS ESSENTIAL (I think it is citation from one famous book).
2. The other piece of advise, YOUR LUGGAGE IS ALWAYS MORE HEAVY WHEN YOU COME BACK THEN BEFORE YOU TRAVEL (do you remember souvenirs and other useless thing you bought while travelling?).
3. And final, LIFE IS BORING WHEN YOU DO NOT HAVE ADVENTURES AND WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MANY OF THEM (not my words, someone famous again). So, if you prepare too good for a trip, you won't have any troubles and it might be not so much fun (or I am just crazy). And if you go totally unprepared, this might be also unbearable. So, don't go to extremes.
Have fun in travel!!!

#26919 - 05/28/04 04:28 AM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
amper Offline

Registered: 07/06/02
Posts: 187
Loc: US
My travel experiences post-20010911 have been limited to intercontinental trips, where I have discovered that security is quite a bit less stringent than I was led to believe. I've gotten things through checkpoints that would probably make John Ashcroft [censored] his short pants without even trying--and I mean stupid things like forgetting I put my titanium utensils in my carry-on. The sharps *do* go into the checked bag (a necessity if you intend to carry most normal survival gear), however. Now, I am told that *domestic* US security is a lot more strict...but I'll believe it when I see it.

It's sad, but basic survival gear can get you picked up by the threat monitors. Things like the 3M folding respirators I carry around (remeber all that dust in Manhattan?), or the windproof Brunton Helios cigarette lighter I have (I smoke--bad survival rule), or even seemingly innocuous items like a Black Diamond AirLock locking 'biner I got stopped for at EWR (that I use to clip my bags together for *my* security--they thought it could be used as "brass knuckles"--idiots.) Essentially, anything that John Ashcroft thinks a terrorist might find useful--never mind the fact that these things have perfectly lawful uses!

And the only time my luggage has actually been lost was when one bag didn't make it on to the plane at Fiumicino (but that's Italy for ya). Despite the fact that the bag was laden with expensive electronics (shortwave, GMRS radios [actually illegal to use those freq's in the EU, didn't know before I left, will buy EU-types in future], etc, etc), I got everything back in good working order a few days later via FedEx.

BTW, I never lock my checked luggage--they'll just crack the locks, anyway.

Come to think of it, my bag may not have made it on to the plane because they may have been busy checking all the electronic gear for bombs and the like! There was a "radar malfunction" at Fiumicino that day--lots of things got screwed up.

Oh yes, and I always carry at least *two* towels. At least you can put one over your head so you can't see what's coming, if it comes to that...thank you very much Mr. Adams...

Edited by amper (05/28/04 04:30 AM)
Gemma Seymour @gcvrsa

#26920 - 05/28/04 01:07 PM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
billvann Offline
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Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 780
Loc: NE Illinois, USA (42:19:08N 08...
>>> ...put one over your head so you can't see what's coming, if it comes to that...thank you very much Mr. Adams...<<<

It's been a looong time since I read the 5 books in the increasingly misnamed Hitchhikers Trilogy!

Thanks, I needed the levity today, and remember, "Don't panic!"
Willie Vannerson
McHenry, IL

#26921 - 05/28/04 03:13 PM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
Saunterer Offline
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 91
Loc: Kansas City area
The answer is 42. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

He who sits still in a house all the time may be the greatest vagrant of all... Thoreau

#26922 - 06/04/04 08:26 PM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach

Great thread!

About the flashlight...what type?

Seeing as how kubatons are on the prohib list, that should logically extend to a lot of flashlights.

Also, I haven't taken commercial air for a long time now...how do they act with those who dress 'properly'? (You know...properly for air travel...uh..."Dress to Egress"? Any other pilots here follow that religiously regardless of the type of aircraft or if they're PIC or not?)

#26923 - 06/04/04 11:11 PM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
rbruce Offline

Registered: 05/25/04
Posts: 153
Loc: California
I have a friend who was carrying a 3 D cell maglite in his carry on. <img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> He was using his work bag as a carry on and never took it out. They let him check his carry on and he still made his flight. I have taken a AA mini-mag with no problems in the past. I'll also be flying this weekend, and I plan on taking my Surefire 6P. Which reminds me, I need to re-read this entire thread. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


#26924 - 06/05/04 04:25 AM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
bountyhunter Offline

Registered: 11/14/03
Posts: 1224
Loc: Milwaukee, WI USA
Have any of you tried to take an evacuation hood, manual life vest, water trailer ribbon (For water rescue), rope with small rappeling devices (For high rise fire evacuation through a window), or some other uncommon, but common sense device on your carry on luggage and what was the response?


#26925 - 06/05/04 03:32 PM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
pvr4 Offline

Registered: 08/18/03
Posts: 41
Loc: Will County, IL
I have taken my Surefire 6P and/or C3 in my carry on all year, about 20 flights, without a problem.

#26926 - 06/20/04 03:21 PM Re: Equipped - To Fly Coach
Omega Offline

Registered: 11/10/03
Posts: 77
I was looking for some respirator that was compact enough. Could you tell me if 3M folding respirators compact enough and efficiently removes odors? Maybe you could give me refence to some website where I could see its characteristics?

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