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#1 CalicoJack

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:49 AM

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I'm headed OCONUS for a bit to a friendly but still developing country. Do any of you have a TSA-friendly EDC/SERE kit that you'd be willing to share the contents of? Something that i can put in my carry-on then reinforce with items from my checked bag in country. Thanks!

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#2 redsol1

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 01:16 PM

I've had good luck getting my ITS SERE wallet thru TSA security, but only for domestic flights.

 

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 01:16 PM

ALCON:
I'm headed OCONUS for a bit to a friendly but still developing country. Do any of you have a TSA-friendly EDC/SERE kit that you'd be willing to share the contents of? Something that i can put in my carry-on then reinforce with items from my checked bag in country. Thanks!

 

Well according to current reports you can basically take whatever the fuck you want and have only a 5% chance of getting caught..


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#4 redsol1

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 01:18 PM

ignore my previous post. B3dlam has the correct answer. :slap:


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Posted 08 June 2015 - 04:57 PM

ALCON:
I'm headed OCONUS for a bit to a friendly but still developing country. Do any of you have a TSA-friendly EDC/SERE kit that you'd be willing to share the contents of? Something that i can put in my carry-on then reinforce with items from my checked bag in country. Thanks!

Last time I flew, I'm fairly sure I had a few bits and bobs in my wallet, also had a stocked trauma kit including shears. I've since got a SOG Pocket PowerPlier and removed the blades and added more tools. This way I can always have it nearby, travelling or dealing with this country's knife laws. I always have a dedicated knife knife anyway, usually a Spyderco UKPK.

 

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 11:20 AM

I should add that I wasn't flying through the US, and I know the TSA are the pickiest. Also SOG make a knifeless multitool specifically designed for TSA travel, and tested for a long time on many flights. Appropriately named the traveller.

http://www.sogknives...eler-satin.html

 

I rolled my own off the pocket powerplier platform as it fits pretty much the same number of tools with angled pliers for half the weight and a better folded size. I also favour the v-cutter over scissors for this purpose.


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 12:39 PM

Well according to current reports you can basically take whatever the fuck you want and have only a 5% chance of getting caught..

 

Anything except for water! Water is dangerous! I forgot to dump out my water bottle before going through airport security last week. The TSA agent literally escorted me out of the secure zone, handed me back my bottle, watched me dump it out, go back through security, and then head straight to the water fountain and fill it back up. She didn't care that I had three flashlights, 2 zip ties, a compass, gorilla tape, paracord, chemlights, and half an ambulance's worth of medical supplies in my bag - but when she saw that water bottle, I might as well have been Osama himself. :evil:

 

On a more serious note I am also interested in some TSA-friendly gadgets, so I'm looking forward to following this thread.


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 02:11 PM

As for mistakenly carrying stuff through security; when I was small, I accidentally carried a SAK through more than once, and a knife once (picnic set) as well. Also the Spyderco Bugs I've given to my family have traveled far and wide with them attached to their keys.

I'm pretty careful to sanitise my gear before travel these days, all blades bar the trauma shears in my med pack go checked baggage.

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#9 CalicoJack

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 03:07 PM

I should add that I wasn't flying through the US, and I know the TSA are the pickiest. Also SOG make a knifeless multitool specifically designed for TSA travel, and tested for a long time on many flights. Appropriately named the traveller.

http://www.sogknives...eler-satin.html

 

I rolled my own off the pocket powerplier platform as it fits pretty much the same number of tools with angled pliers for half the weight and a better folded size. I also favour the v-cutter over scissors for this purpose.

 

 

Thanks for the heads up - just ordered one on Amazon Prime.  I wasn't too keen on taking an angle grinder to my Leatherman only for some TSA goon to snatch it up.  I'll post a bag dump when I get it all together.


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 03:26 PM

I think the scissors are pushing it. I replaced the bladed articles with washers for a bit before my replacement tools arrived, might be worth taking the small allen keys the tool needs if the TSA don't like the scissors, then you don't have to dump the whole tool.


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Posted 11 June 2015 - 03:43 PM

You guys realize "TSA Friendly" just means "prepare to explain yourself". I have a TSA complaint micro letherman tool that gets inspected by the X-Ray person every time I go through. I just started taking it out so they don't dig through my overly packed bag. They never seem to notice the surefire, medical supplies, numerous auto-injectors (prescription) I haven't put in my compliant ziploc bag (they don't need to be, but they never check to see what they are), space pen, metal mechanical pencil, para-cord, tape, etc. They only time I haven't had an issue is in Seattle when the X-Ray guy tried to throw a fit and his supervisor knew exactly what it was. Usually, they don't even try to see what it is if you don't leave it out. You will hear "oh, you can't bring this" or "you're going to have to surrender this", or "you know you can't bring a knife on an airplane", no $%^&! It is a mini pliers, tiny scissors, and nail file. If there were a blade it would be less than 1" long and flimsy as heck.

Essentially, they're more concerned about looking like they're doing their jobs than actually doing anything useful. I've talked to a number of people who realized after they got done traveling they'd made it both ways with a folding knife by accident. I'm meticulous with my bag dumps now, especially when I go to DC. They're going to hassle you anyway you go, just make sure you follow the rules if you don't want to lose it. My ITS Trauma kit and SOF-T Wide have made it thorough many, many times without anyone once looking at it. Double check the laws of where you're going OCONUS and make sure the medical supplies you're bringing are legal for you to own. They will hassle you about that SOG, so plan that into your travel schedule.

 

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 04:39 PM

Well, Amazon in their infinite wisdom sent me an EOD instead of the Traveler. Because I'm going to place so many bricks of C4...I should probably just stop there. Anyways, heres what I have this far, and I can already tell that I've forgotten a few things.

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Osprey Kestrel 48L pack, Kifaru Woobie, Katadyn pocket filter, pouch with MRE bits and Clif bars, microfiber towel, 2x Israeli bandages, little first aid kit wrapped in duct tape, 550 cord, Firecord, sewing kit, 2x living carabiners, space blanket, aLoksak with tinder and matches, Starbucks Via packets, Garmin Tactix watch, RE Factor Tactical survival band, cords for my electronics, CRKT Eat'n tool, spare blousing bands, Listerine spray, aLoksack with lighter wrapped in duct tape, Carmex, pill bottle with ibuprofen, naproxin, and dyphenhydramine, and hand sanitizer, Powerstone 6000mAH battery, Power Monkey solar panel and 6000mAH battery, pouch for all the little stuff, baby wipes, whistle, Rite in the Rain notepad, Petzl headlamp, LED AA flashlight.

I think I got the major stuff.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 12:58 PM

I'll say this, at having an x-Ray machine for baggage at my former assignment. We x-rayed everything that would fit through the opening, multiple times!

For lockpicks, I turn them tip to tail when traveling. When they go through they appear to be long nail files. It's easier than arguing the "tools less than 7inches" rule I think.

I've also began keeping anything that *might* look sketchy in a separate bag, and pulling it out before going through. My poor old backpack probably has cancer now from bein x-rayed by TSA as they searched for a piece of "rifle brass" that I was trying to tell them was nothing more than the brass handle of my old Gillette razor.

I always fear that my bags are gonna set off the sniffers for gun powder or the like. Then I'll get to know the TSA on a more personal level!
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Posted 24 June 2015 - 09:49 AM

I'll say this, at having an x-Ray machine for baggage at my former assignment. We x-rayed everything that would fit through the opening, multiple times!

For lockpicks, I turn them tip to tail when traveling. When they go through they appear to be long nail files. It's easier than arguing the "tools less than 7inches" rule I think.

I've also began keeping anything that *might* look sketchy in a separate bag, and pulling it out before going through. My poor old backpack probably has cancer now from bein x-rayed by TSA as they searched for a piece of "rifle brass" that I was trying to tell them was nothing more than the brass handle of my old Gillette razor.

I always fear that my bags are gonna set off the sniffers for gun powder or the like. Then I'll get to know the TSA on a more personal level!

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 09:27 PM

I came back through Orlando International the day after the report of TSA's failures went national.  I can't tell how many times I'd taken a Leatherman Style PS through security without a problem, but on the morning after the report...geez, you'd think they'd found a Samurai sword.  Fortunately, I was able to keep the PS, after the extra two screenings and explosive swabbing. 


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