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Avalanche Transceiver in Carry-on baggage

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Hey,

 

does anyone know if airlines (UA) permit transporting an avalanche transceiver in the Carry-on baggage?

 

Thanks,

 

Ralf.

post #2 of 6

I carry on mine all the time.  Sometime with all the wires from boot heaters, dryer and a beacon, you get some puzzeled looks.  But I've never had a problem.

post #3 of 6

I've taken mine in checked luggage many times with no issues.  My avi bag, on the other hand, requires preparation and explanation. 

 

Mike

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  My avi bag, on the other hand, requires preparation and explanation. 

 

 

Have you carried on a Avi Backpack?  I've heard of numerous problems with probes and shovels with TSA.  Never had a problem checking it though.  Wax got confiscated once?

 

As a rule of thumb, I keep small valuables like beacons and cameras in my carry on and avoid packing small expensive items in the checked bags.

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Have you carried on a Avi Backpack?  I've heard of numerous problems with probes and shovels with TSA.  Never had a problem checking it though.  Wax got confiscated once?

 

As a rule of thumb, I keep small valuables like beacons and cameras in my carry on and avoid packing small expensive items in the checked bags.

I carried on my avi backpack to and from India and to and from Canada.  I've got a Mammut pack with the refillable canister, not an ABS pack.  The ABS packs are particularly an issue because they have an explosive trigger which freaks the TSA out.  With the Mammut/Snowpulse system, you disassemble the canister (unscrew the top) -- there is an article on Wildsnow.com that shows how to do it.

 

I brought the airbag as my carry on baggage as I didn't want the security screeners to decide that my canister couldn't fly in my checked bags.  I've had to explain to the TSA/screeners a few times, but when you unscrew the top and show them that you can see into the canister and it is empty, no problem.  One of our party did have a no fly ruling from the TSA in Bozeman -- that's also the only place that did not allow me to fly with my shovel in my carry on bag (well, there was also a problem in Srinigar, but that's about as high security as you get).

 

The issue is getting the canister refilled.  We used a Hill air gun pump with a paintball adaptor to fill it in Gulmarg.  Evidently, there is a real problem getting canisters filled in Japan as well.  We weren't sure the Hill thing would work, but it did.  It did have a desicant system on it, but there still was no sign of moisture in the canister.  That being said, Mammut was not a fan of that method of filling a canister.  Like there is a dive shop or fire station that will fill a avi bag in Kashmir...

 

Mike

post #6 of 6

Nice job getting it through.   Looking forward to seeing the TR from Gulmarg.   Yes, I've flown out of Srinigar.   It's intense ala midnight express.

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