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    TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    I have always carried my rebreather and stored it in the overhead compartment on the aircraft.

    This time I am checking it in and packing it inside of a storm case, which is like a pelican box, hard plastic case.

    • I will not bring any tanks.

    • I will not bring any sorb

    • I will remove the sensors so they do not get damaged.

    I think I will put plastic zip ties, two of them in the locking part of the case.

    I will ask TSA to re-lock using zip ties once they open up the box. Question is this a mistake?

    Besides putting on the outside of the box fragile handle with care, what suggestions should I write to TSA once they open up the storm case.
    I may also translate my letter to TSA in Spanish and English.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    Hi Chett,
    I would skip the zip ties, they do make TSA approved locks for bags you can pick these up for about 10 dollar each, all TSA agents have keys to open these types of locks. myself i never us a bag that screams steal me and I never lock my bags. I’ve worked for the airlines for 24 years now and nothing has been taken, I just make sure my bag doesn’t stand out and say steal me.. Hope this helps

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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    Here is great advise I just got from the Randy Thornton.


    If possible, ask to be present when they inspect it. In case they decline your request, make sure you put a large printed flyer in the lid which has your name and mobile phone number and a request for them to call you on your mobile if they have any questions or concerns. Forgot to mention, depending on which airline you are flying, check your mobile app for baggage tracking and make sure the pelican case made it on the plane. If it is not showing up, make sure you speak up before the flight leaves!
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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    Quote Originally Posted by Chett.L  View Original Post
    Here is great advise I just got from the Randy Thornton.


    If possible, ask to be present when they inspect it. In case they decline your request, make sure you put a large printed flyer in the lid which has your name and mobile phone number and a request for them to call you on your mobile if they have any questions or concerns. Forgot to mention, depending on which airline you are flying, check your mobile app for baggage tracking and make sure the pelican case made it on the plane. If it is not showing up, make sure you speak up before the flight leaves!

    Thank you Randy !!!

    Hi Chett,
    In my experience flying with rEvo on carry on , to make things easier I call TSA ahead of time , give my flight number and explain exactly what I'm carrying on. I will take the bottles on , with out valves and the scrubbers packed. I also bring the MSDS sheet and leave an additional 30 minutes to get through security. If possible and there is time, I'll show it to the the pilot and crew. Being patient is critical :)


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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    When I have chosen to check my HH CCR, in addition to I nice big note to tsa, I alway put the HH andi training manual on top of everything in the case.

    Further I use wire ties on the case and include extras. They have always put new wire ties on the case.

    For me I think the key has been the training manual...

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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    Chett I find it best not to make a big deal of it. When I go through TSA as carry on I call it scuba equipment. When they ask what the tank (scrubber) is filled with I tell them its a filter.
    I use simple words and speak slowly maintaining eye contact.
    For checked luggage I just tape a few zip ties inside the case so they will only see them if they open it. I also include the manual. In your case you are lucky because the the Prism 2 manual has lots of pictures so they won't get confused by any big words.
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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    Quote Originally Posted by wedivebc  View Original Post
    Chett I find it best not to make a big deal of it. When I go through TSA as carry on I call it scuba equipment. When they ask what the tank (scrubber) is filled with I tell them its a filter.
    I use simple words and speak slowly maintaining eye contact.
    For checked luggage I just tape a few zip ties inside the case so they will only see them if they open it. I also include the manual. In your case you are lucky because the the Prism 2 manual has lots of pictures so they won't get confused by any big words.
    Hi Dave,

    Great Thinking !!!!

    A Thousand Thanks
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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    All good advice. When I travel commercial airlines I use the TSA locks AND a ziptie through the zipper handles. That way, if the ziptie is broken or missing, you can bet they went through your stuff (I've had this happen without the little note they are supposed to put in your junk after they "inspect" it)

    I'd also vote for a bag that blends (no pun meant here) in, anything that screams scuba or bags with dive logos or your badges of certification honors should be avoided- especially if traveling abroad.

    I like bags that come from Costco and scream "business traveler". Those are cheap and work well. I have to say though, carry on is the first choice if possible (unless you have a Mk15 unit!!!)

    Have fun Chett, I hope you are going somewhere new and exciting!!! Let us know how your trip goes-Kevin

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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    Quote Originally Posted by whynot?  View Original Post
    All good advice. When I travel commercial airlines I use the TSA locks AND a ziptie through the zipper handles. That way, if the ziptie is broken or missing, you can bet they went through your stuff (I've had this happen without the little note they are supposed to put in your junk after they "inspect" it)

    I'd also vote for a bag that blends (no pun meant here) in, anything that screams scuba or bags with dive logos or your badges of certification honors should be avoided- especially if traveling abroad.

    I like bags that come from Costco and scream "business traveler". Those are cheap and work well. I have to say though, carry on is the first choice if possible (unless you have a Mk15 unit!!!)

    Have fun Chett, I hope you are going somewhere new and exciting!!! Let us know how your trip goes-Kevin
    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the good advise. I'm going to Cozumel to do some dive training with Matt Addison.

    Best regards,
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    Re: TSA Question for checking in a Rebreather on a Aircraft

    Just my 2¢ and success so far with carry-on/checked equipment...

    -carry current dive magazine showing OC and CC to alleviate concerns with those not familiar. I also leave older copies in checked luggage.
    -MSDS sheets readily available but not taped to outside of scrub when checked. My belief is that it would draw more attention. However in checked, I make sure it's attached with as much literature as possible.
    -TSA locks AND brightly colored zip ties. The ties quickly show me if it's been opened (I carry a few extra) but the TSA locks afford more security.
    -laminated contents list with total weight taped to inside lid of Pelican cases. Each item referenced with a colored zip tie or duct tape with writing to explain what each item is. This bit of advice was offered to me by a recently retired airport worker who said that it "deterred theft, by making it obvious each item is documented and accounted for". Though I doubt a thief would bother to read or care, it hasn't created any negative issues either so I'll continue.
    -many strips of SOLAS tape on the outside of my Pelicans make it very obvious which are mine among a pile of Pelicans for quick recognition, though I favor the FDE for 2 other reasons and have yet to find any others in my travels.
    -girlfriend often rolls her eyes and complains about my Pelican choices, but admits their worth for protection (also waterproof, so rain is no issue). You can hear them slam down the luggage conveyor long before you hear them and we have no issue finding them from a distance.
    -the major downside is weight. Unless business class, you quickly exceed the weight limit and pay hefty fines.

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