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01-05-2013 02:00 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Dave's Raptor

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I will be traveling via the airlines in the next week inside of the USA. I have heard talk about restrictions on the lipo batteries but not much on the helicopters. I plan on taking my trex 500 with me in my checked bag and putting my radio and lipo batteries in my carry on bag. Has anyone traveled lately with any of these items? If so could you please give me some advise on packing these items for my trip.

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Dave

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01-05-2013 02:14 AM  5 years agoPost 2
BladeScrape

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Most people I know ship their stuff.

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01-05-2013 02:15 AM  5 years agoPost 3
6cuda6

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Dave you better be using hard sided suitcases or your heli is going to be in need of repair [i travel for a living and go through a suitcase every 6 months].....most would pack the heli in a hard type golf travel case [most airline offer this item as no charge baggage.

Radio's seem to hold up pretty good in a suitcase, my SIM radio is still in one piece...lol.

The hardest part here is going to be perhaps the LIPO's; airlines are getting pretty strict with this lately.....my best advice for these would be to call your carrier and ask directly, never hurts to get it in writing as well just in case someone at security knows more than you do [if you get my drift].

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01-05-2013 09:30 PM  5 years agoPost 4
BJames111

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I travel quite a bit (yes for work) and carry lipos on the plane with me every time. Do NOT check them in your bag. Put them in your carry on.

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01-05-2013 10:24 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Dave's Raptor

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Is there a limit on lipos? I have 2 6S 2600mah packs in my carry on now could I take more?

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Dave

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01-05-2013 11:03 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Richie Sabin

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http://safetravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html

These are the guidelines set by TSA.

Rich Sabin
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01-06-2013 04:00 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Mojave

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I travel with my heli. I have a hard case that gets put on the plane as standard baggage and I ship my lipos to my final destination. I almost missed a flight because of packing my lipos in my carry on bag. These people have no idea what a lipo is and they are very wary of anything that is beyond the norm for them. The TSA will open and inspect your heli case (not always in your presence), so be prepared to find an inspection sheet in the case when you land. These monkeys have broken parts on my heli before, so travel with spares.
Barry

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01-07-2013 01:39 AM  5 years agoPost 8
Dave's Raptor

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Well I made the first part of my trip with nothing damaged. They did check my carry on bag because of the lipo's. The lady from TSA told me to just take them out of my bag and put them in a bin alone so they won't have to open my bag next time. Everything went smooth so I just have to go through it again on Saturday. They did not even look in my checked bag with the trex 500, small box of tools, and I-charger.
Dave

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01-07-2013 03:20 AM  5 years agoPost 9
Mike Fortin

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Great!

We've never had any issues traveling with our models nitro or electric.

Best thing we we've been told by TSA, "You've got no worries if it doesn't tick or go boom"

Just about sums it up!

Have Rotors, Will Fly!

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01-19-2013 10:44 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Tommy8275

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After read What is your suggestion? should I carry on or check-in with my luggage? I have long lay over in Hong Kong one night before get my final destination. I also have a hard case that I bought from ProgressiveRC and plan to packs all my 6s 5000mah in this hard case.

Tommy K

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01-19-2013 10:50 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Dave's Raptor

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If you read the airline's TSA regulations policy on lithium batteries it clearly states that they must be in your carry-on luggage due to the ability to fight a fire in the cabin. There are fire suppression systems in the cargo pits, but you cannot actually see the issue and deal with it directly the crew can only fire the extinguisher hoping that the fire goes out.

Dave

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01-20-2013 05:38 AM  5 years agoPost 12
OLROY

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Glad to hear everything went well

I traveled to Vegas for vacation took only mcpx and 11X and it took about 30 min for them to clear me...they must never seen a radio before..had like 6 people looking at it and they was scanning 11X on some type of machine I've never seen before...why all of this was going on of course they was calling my name to get on the plane...nearly missed my flight back home

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01-20-2013 06:12 AM  5 years agoPost 13
Tommy8275

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I been flown oversea every year and brought my 11X along with check in bag but never had this problem before. This time just want to be sure that I can bring my 4 set of 12s 5000mah inside the plane hope everything going well as it plan.

Tommy K

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01-20-2013 01:55 PM  5 years agoPost 14
6cuda6

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This time just want to be sure that I can bring my 4 set of 12s 5000mah inside the plane hope everything going well as it plan.
You might want to check out the link from Iceman...go through it completely as there is quite a few sections on batteries and quantity of the lithium etc.....

Personally i think 4 sets of 12s 5000mah is going to be an issue......

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01-20-2013 05:32 PM  5 years agoPost 15
ThumbBumper

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I usually travel with my small heli. I built a carry case out of an aluminum tool case and lined it with foam.

It carries my radio, charger, heli, 4 lipos, a few spare parts and a couple of tools. Before I traveled with it the first time, I actually took it to a local regional airport and had the TSA guys take a look at it. They actually chuckled at it and said they see guys carrying set ups like this all the time, but actually thanked me for checking with them first.

Next time I flew, I breezed right through. Apparently they had a bigger issue with my checked luggage as I found a TSA love letter in it when I reached my destination. I still have no idea what they saw that interested them

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01-20-2013 09:17 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Tommy8275

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Guy I just stop by Nashville airport today to find out if I bring my big with me, and show my 12S 5000mah to one of the TSA supervisor it took about 45 min. here what I got (Yes I can) TSA said OK but make sure not check in. And also they took all my info to make sure that day coming I dont any problem with TSA

Tommy K

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01-20-2013 11:26 PM  5 years agoPost 17
kingmeow

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I have long lay over in Hong Kong one night before get my final destination.
If it was me, I wouldn't sleep and go R/C shopping. HK is a best place on earth to shop for R/C stuff with the lowest prices anywhere.

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01-21-2013 03:56 AM  5 years agoPost 18
6cuda6

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Guy I just stop by Nashville airport today to find out if I bring my big with me, and show my 12S 5000mah to one of the TSA supervisor it took about 45 min. here what I got (Yes I can) TSA said OK but make sure not check in. And also they took all my info to make sure that day coming I dont any problem with TSA
Thats awesome!!!

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01-21-2013 04:49 AM  5 years agoPost 19
sewerfly

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Keep us posted id like to know you made it with all your gear in tacked Thanks

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01-21-2013 04:58 AM  5 years agoPost 20
Tommy8275

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yes I will let you know

Tommy K

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