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Hotronics through Airport security?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I am planning a trip to Chamonix for next Feb, and plan on carrying my boots on the plane with me. Last winter some nasty frostbite forced me to get hotronics heaters installed in my footbeds, and I'm now wondering if I will be able to get them through security at the airport or not... In essence it is a battery powered heating coil, which I suppose could be seen as some sort of terrorist weapon? Has anyone had experience with flying with boot heaters and battery packs post 9-11? Thanks!

post #2 of 17
I have them and fly with them all the time. But the more wires and gadgets you have in your carry on the more likely you will be sent to "Further Screening".
Just be patient and you will get through it.
post #3 of 17
Agree with the above but taking your HT owners manual can sometimes alleviate any questions and offer some legitimacy the inspectors may have of the wiring and batteries if they are unfamiliar with ski gear.
post #4 of 17
I've taken mine through, no problem -- though I did disconnect everything and had the manual with me, just in case.
post #5 of 17
Heard from a TSA type as my bag went through Xray in Albany NY this June----are those ski boots ??
post #6 of 17
JayPowHound, many UK & European airports don't allow boots in carry-on luggage so I'd recommend checking as although you might get into Geneva (?) you might not be able to get out. This is an airport security rule so they can say no even though the airline you're flying with allows them.
post #7 of 17
jay, also make sure you have a dual voltage charger for them.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by spyderjon View Post
JayPowHound, many UK & European airports don't allow boots in carry-on luggage so I'd recommend checking as although you might get into Geneva (?) you might not be able to get out. This is an airport security rule so they can say no even though the airline you're flying with allows them.
Yes, we will be flying into Geneva via Zurich. I will have to look into local regs about boots; in your experience was it a size or weight issue, or was it something about having boots specifically? I feel pretty strongly about carrying my boots on the plane with me, thereby avoiding the possibility of arriving to find that they have been lost, re-routed, etc. Misplaced skis can be replaced with demos, but misplaced boots can ruin a trip!

The ideas about bringing the manual for the hotronics with me are good, I hadn't thought of that...

More info. about carry-on boots in Zurich and Geneva would be appreciated, I wonder what the issue was for you........
post #9 of 17
How about just unplugging the battery pack and putting them in the checked in luggage.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
How about just unplugging the battery pack and putting them in the checked in luggage.
Putting the batteries in checked luggage is fine, and then if they don't show up so be it. The heating coils themselves however are built into my footbeds, which I definitely don't want missing! Assuming that the footbeds/heaters will pass through security (which is seems like they will) than I should be OK, If the batteries pass too than great. If not oh well.

Now apparently I'm just worried about whether or not the boots themselves will be allowed in European airports.... I feel like they MUST be, but spyderjon has given me some doubts.
post #11 of 17
I guess I made 20-25 air trips with my Ther-mic equipped boots over the past 2-3 seasons, with fully charged barries in the packs, and there's never been a comment made of any kind. Least of your concerns.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Yes, we will be flying into Geneva via Zurich. I will have to look into local regs about boots; in your experience was it a size or weight issue, or was it something about having boots specifically? I feel pretty strongly about carrying my boots on the plane with me, thereby avoiding the possibility of arriving to find that they have been lost, re-routed, etc. Misplaced skis can be replaced with demos, but misplaced boots can ruin a trip!

The ideas about bringing the manual for the hotronics with me are good, I hadn't thought of that...

More info. about carry-on boots in Zurich and Geneva would be appreciated, I wonder what the issue was for you........
I flew through both Zurich and Geneva last winter with boots as carry on. I had no trouble. Most of the reports I've heard of people being stopped carrying their boots have been from British airports.

As for the heaters, I'd just allow a little more time and not be surprised if you have a little more hassle than usual.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Yes, we will be flying into Geneva via Zurich. I will have to look into local regs about boots; in your experience was it a size or weight issue, or was it something about having boots specifically? I feel pretty strongly about carrying my boots on the plane with me, thereby avoiding the possibility of arriving to find that they have been lost, re-routed, etc. Misplaced skis can be replaced with demos, but misplaced boots can ruin a trip!

The ideas about bringing the manual for the hotronics with me are good, I hadn't thought of that...

More info. about carry-on boots in Zurich and Geneva would be appreciated, I wonder what the issue was for you........
Well I agree, I carry my plug boots on regularly.

I hve only had one issue- it was a comment made by a TSA agent in Chicago (June 2006) about my carry on boots potentially being "a weapon". Nobody mentioned this on my way out (to Mount Hood from NY) or on the way back up to that point (Portland TSA didn't blink).

The TSA agent was doing "random" screenings at the gate- which is no longer practiced and could have simply been over cautions or inexperienced. Being as I was on my way home, I agreed to check them if absolutely required- however that was not necessary when I explained why I was carrying on boots in June.

I'm sure it's possible for there to be regional regulations- however I personally would not sweat it. Just be prepared with a reasonable and calm explanation if a question arises about the carry on or heaters. If you are combatitive and belligerant then you probably won't get the response your looking for. I know that sounds like common sense, but sometimes it's not. Good luck- I hope you have a great and uneventful trip.
post #14 of 17
I don't follow some of this. I fly with hotronics attached to my boots in my boot bag all the time. I fly with a notebook computer all the time. Both have batteries. I've never had the TSA blink as my ski boots went through the X-Ray machine.

I've also flown with a roll-aboard filled with electronics gear. That triggers a manual search every time.

I've had a roll of duct tape confiscated a couple of times. Both times, I started laughing and asked if they were the fashion police.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by GeoffD View Post
I don't follow some of this. I fly with hotronics attached to my boots in my boot bag all the time. I fly with a notebook computer all the time. Both have batteries. I've never had the TSA blink as my ski boots went through the X-Ray machine.

I've also flown with a roll-aboard filled with electronics gear. That triggers a manual search every time.

I've had a roll of duct tape confiscated a couple of times. Both times, I started laughing and asked if they were the fashion police.
Just to clarify, the batteries and/or electronics are not what I was worried about, it was the heating element. Based on the responses I was just being paranoid but I figured that a heating coil capable of reaching relativley high temps in a short period of time could possible be considered a weapon or something. It sounds like I was wrong, and that's great! Hope this helps you understand where I was coming from.
post #16 of 17
Heating coil is just a metal wire, if a short piece of wire causes worry then they would be telling women to remove their bra's......hmm come to think od i tI think we shoiuld make that a law
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Just to clarify, the batteries and/or electronics are not what I was worried about, it was the heating element. Based on the responses I was just being paranoid but I figured that a heating coil capable of reaching relativley high temps in a short period of time could possible be considered a weapon or something. It sounds like I was wrong, and that's great! Hope this helps you understand where I was coming from.
I often have 30 feet of Cat5 Ethernet cable in my briefcase. There's also usually a rats nest of chargers for PC, cell phone, iPod dock, USB cables, etc in my carry-on luggage. I was recently questioned about my bicycle headlight that I'd accidentally left in a pocket of my day pack. I imagine the TSA guys see anything and everything all the time and that one stumped them.

As I said above, duct tape is the only thing they've taken from me in a number of years. I felt completely helpless without it.
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