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Old 03-24-2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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anyone with any advice for minimizing problems with air travel (national or international) to races ? no fuel obviously, but any other hints to help with a smooth journey through airport security and arriving with all the kit you set off with ? (preventing items being removed for being suspicious or a potential hazard)

maybe it is easier than i think ? maybe not...

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Old 03-24-2010, 01:22 PM   #2
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ship your tools and the kit via ups or another carrier and fly solo.
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Wouldn't that be expensive? 0.o
If its a small car try get it into hand luggage (kidding).
At the airport isn't there like a sticker they have, if someone checks it out can't they sticker it as special load or something? :S
Never tried it but it might be worth asking the airline before you book tickets.
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With my dad living in switzerland, and us racing here in the UK we often transport our kit by air. It is fairly simple.
Car in carry on - we use dialedrc bags since its truggy nd buggy
Radio - pistol is nono, mine was rejected and needed to be put in hold. Security said it was simply because it looked like a gun. So a stick radio might be fine but never know.
Tools in hold, no question
Fuel, obviously not

It is not that hard really, car in hand luggage, fine with engine and fuel tank, just empty it. Then everything else in hold.
DialedRC bags are extremely useful

Hope this helps
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PS i reckon our security is a little more relaxed than your's in the USA
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Nope, they're just as anal on Heathrow - Tampa and Washington went really smooth (exept for the general chaos at Dulles).
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With my dad living in switzerland, and us racing here in the UK we often transport our kit by air. It is fairly simple.
Car in carry on - we use dialedrc bags since its truggy nd buggy
Radio - pistol is nono, mine was rejected and needed to be put in hold. Security said it was simply because it looked like a gun. So a stick radio might be fine but never know.
Tools in hold, no question
Fuel, obviously not

It is not that hard really, car in hand luggage, fine with engine and fuel tank, just empty it. Then everything else in hold.
DialedRC bags are extremely useful

Hope this helps
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PS i reckon our security is a little more relaxed than your's in the USA

US security would go crazy I bet! I've always driven to the races because its way cheaper to do with the family and friends. No one to question what is this and why are you going and blah...

But if I were to fly I'd just ship all the stuff separately to destination. Maybe I'll pay a few more bucks but it will be worth avoiding all the hassle. Besides airlines are getting pretty strict on how much baggage you check in.
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Flying with gear is NO problem at all....there's many of rules and regulations that need to be followed but spend an afternoon reading the rules your specific Carrier has in place(there all the same anyways) then decide how your going to pack your gear.


I personally had my radio(3pk PISTOL lol) in my carry on bag as its too fragile to be bounced around in the checked baggage compartments Along with my radio i had all my Lipo's as that is part of a new rule the TSA has in place....they want ALL batteries of ALL sort to be in your carry on....NO Batteries in Checked Period.

So for everything else...Cars, Tools, Parts, Tires, Pit Mat, Fuel bottle/Gun Engines, Pipes ect ect went in my checked Plano 1819XXL cases which are According to Plano "Airline Approved" but if you actually calculate it up its a wee over the limits....but according to Every one else who i have talked to who fly's with these they have never had a problem. I Can also vouch for this now after my trip to Arizona for the Nitro Challenge.


Anything i left out...feel free to ask.
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Just a few weeks ago I went out to Las Vegas for the Silver State race. The week before I left, I shipped 2 of these black boxes to a friend out there. From Chicago to Las Vegas it was $76 for both boxes weighing at 65-67 lbs each. I just through a lock on it and a shipping strap and everything was good. One of the guys coming from Colorado that was in our pit got his buggy held by TSA and his stuff was checked in not carried on. Lucky one of us had an extra back up buggy for him. So shipping is the best way. You can even through fuel in the case as long as its going ground.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/t...uctId=10004100

On the way to the race I carried my car on the plane with me. It was completely rebuilt with a new body, fuel tank and lines. They swabbed it and it passed. On the way back I took my M11 (in the case) on the plane and had the car in the black case to be shipped back. TSA didn't give me any grief about the M11, they turned it on and check it out. As long as your car is new or completely clean you shouldn't have a problem, but the minute fuel hits it there machines will pick it up.
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Just a few weeks ago I went out to Las Vegas for the Silver State race. The week before I left, I shipped 2 of these black boxes to a friend out there. From Chicago to Las Vegas it was $76 for both boxes weighing at 65-67 lbs each. I just through a lock on it and a shipping strap and everything was good. One of the guys coming from Colorado that was in our pit got his buggy held by TSA and his stuff was checked in not carried on. Lucky one of us had an extra back up buggy for him. So shipping is the best way. You can even through fuel in the case as long as its going ground.

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/t...uctId=10004100

On the way to the race I carried my car on the plane with me. It was completely rebuilt with a new body, fuel tank and lines. They swabbed it and it passed. On the way back I took my M11 (in the case) on the plane and had the car in the black case to be shipped back. TSA didn't give me any grief about the M11, they turned it on and check it out. As long as your car is new or completely clean you shouldn't have a problem, but the minute fuel hits it there machines will pick it up.


I heard about Adrian. Flippin TSA....No Real reason even given either as far as i know. Dirty mofo's.
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I heard about Adrian. Flippin TSA....No Real reason even given either as far as i know. Dirty mofo's.
He never cleaned his car really well, so when they swabbed it, it didn't pass. He did great using a rental from Brain Branson! Awesome guys to pit with too, very helpful, I cant thank them enough!! I cant wait until next year too!!
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many plane trips with southwest with no problems whatsoever!!

two 50lb or under boxes for free

no fuel residue!! very very very important !!!

no aerosols , shock oils no problems in smaller bottles , lipo receiver packs and starter box batts no problem. make sure your cars are clean

contico boxes with zip ties
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He never cleaned his car really well, so when they swabbed it, it didn't pass. He did great using a rental from Brain Branson! Awesome guys to pit with too, very helpful, I cant thank them enough!! I cant wait until next year too!!
did he get his car back?
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carrying it on, ultra clean no nitro smell or residue of oil, wrap the car in saran wrap. also pack some rc car magazines so you can show the idiot, oh im sorry TSA security official, that it is really a toy car remove batteries from radio and dc them from the car, dont want the radio to be able to be turned on and dont want the servos humming mid flight.
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many plane trips with southwest with no problems whatsoever!!

two 50lb or under boxes for free

no fuel residue!! very very very important !!!

no aerosols , shock oils no problems in smaller bottles , lipo receiver packs and starter box batts no problem. make sure your cars are clean

contico boxes with zip ties

2 for FREE ? How you score that ?
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thanks for all the advice so far.

i have left things a little late, so shipping equipment ahead of time is not an option.

for now i will keep monitoring the thread and will implement the best bits of advice + the luggage i have available. i will look into specific flight cases for future trips i think.

really appreciate the contributions so far !
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