[amsat-bb] Re: Carrying Arrow Sat antenna on airplane

Luc Leblanc lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca
Fri Apr 15 21:22:39 PDT 2011

> <snip>
> > Has anyone had any issues trying to
> > carry an Arrow Sat antenna as a 
> > carry on on a airplane?  Am going to be doing some
> > traveling and would 
> > like to take it along to make some contacts.
> Over a year ago, I flew on a domestic flight to another province.  I partly disassembled my Arrow and put it into my suitcase as it was the easiest way for me to transport it.
> On the trip out, no questions.  On the way back, the luggage inspector asked what it was as it showed up on the scan.  He accepted my explanation when I told him I was a ham.  Maybe he was simply curious, but I had my amateur radio certificate with me just in case I had to give more details.
> 73s
> Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL

In your checked bagage dismantle you arrow and put your elements in a 1"1/2 plastic (PVC) plumbing pipe cut to fit the longest element. 
Seal both end with clear plactic bag in a way for the inspector to see through it. You can put fishing rod section wrap around the pipe it 
will propbably not trigger enough questions in the inspector mind and he can let go your suitcase. I found the TSB search card in one of my 
suitcase with the pipe one time and no question ask

For carry on follow an excellent suggestion made. Just pur your radio wires antenna in clear zip lock bag and put them in a separate 
plastic search box. They want to see understand. One female inspector told me once when i asked her why my carry on suitcase has been 
manually inspected, she told me it was not the stuff but the huge number of items who made them searching manually!!!

Put more bag with less stock in them it helps.


Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
Skype VE2DWE


More information about the AMSAT-BB mailing list