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Old 06-11-2018, 02:21 AM   #11
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Default Re: International travel with Technopipes

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I travel extensively with mine and always take it out and place it next to laptop etc seperate in the tray.

one additional tip that really helps is to find out the equivalent word for bagpipes in the local language - several times i can see the security officer pick it up and look quizically at it but when i say the word in his local language they usually nod and put it back in the tray,

I did once have a lady ask if she could hear it play - after i did this she announced she was going to buy one for her daughter to help her play the flute on planes... lol
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:21 AM   #12
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Hi

I travel extensively with mine and always take it out and place it next to laptop etc seperate in the tray.

one additional tip that really helps is to find out the equivalent word for bagpipes in the local language - several times i can see the security officer pick it up and look quizically at it but when i say the word in his local language they usually nod and put it back in the tray,

I did once have a lady ask if she could hear it play - after i did this she announced she was going to buy one for her daughter to help her play the flute on planes... lol
Using the local translation is a fantastic idea. I've reached out to a colleague from the pertinent region to request he translate.

Cheers!

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Old 06-11-2018, 03:29 PM   #13
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Only time I ever had a problem was right after 911. Had them in the pipe case with my GHBs, shuttle pipes, and a couple of practice chanters. Too many tubes and too much wire for the screeners to feel comfortable! I offered to play them, but they graciously declined...
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:34 AM   #14
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Smart to remove it from your bag so the screeners don't need to go digging around for it. You won't get a "problem" per se, by leaving it in, but it does increase the chance of their wanting to tear apart your whole bag .. and that's just a damned waste of time.

I fly quite a bit, and I tend to take red-eyes because they're cheaper, and save me from taking days off simply for travel. Accordingly, I sometimes prefer to cut things a little closer to the wire in order to get an additional 30 mins to an hour of extra sleep. Thus, saving time at TSA is borderline essential. To each their own, but that's just how I prefer to do things.

Well more than 100 flights in the past 5 years, and the #1 items of interest for security screeners have always been:
  1. Electronic chanters
  2. Silica gel canisters (my moisture control desiccant of choice)

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Old 06-27-2018, 06:13 AM   #15
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Default Re: International travel with Technopipes

Thanks All, appreciate the great suggestions.

I decided to remove the the technochanter for each of the numerous flights over the past 2 weeks, and can say that security never even took a second look.
Can't say the same for the many folks who forgot to remove pocket knives and water bottles from there carry-ons, prior to the security checks. Still amazed at how many times that happened.

Cheers,
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:54 AM   #16
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Only time it has been questioned was flying out of Marakech.i fly a lot, no bother .
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