Originally posted by joseviejo
I posted this on the Winternationals thread but a new thread might be better
A couple of weeks ago about a dozen other racers from Puerto Rico were attending a race at the Dominican Republic. When I got to the airport the American Airlines counter attendant asked what I was carrying in my fairly large bag. I indicated that I was going to a race and was carrying two radio control cars. She said she needed to see them. She asked if they were new, and when I said they were used she said I could not carry them. After some argument somebody else came, I don't know if a supervisor, smelled the tank said no and went away.
Bottomline I was not allowed to go. The other ten racers were asked no questions and were allowed to go through. One of them had even forgotten to remove the nitro from the tank. I had washed my tank with degreaser and blown it with compressed air.
I requested the airline official to consult with TSA people but she answered that it was a company policy and had nothing to do with security. Go figure!!
That was a bad experience. I plan to formally complaint to the airline but am waiting for the anger to dissipate so I can be more objective.
They have done that to us before and it seem they will do
that each time when we travel.
And if they dont, just like the other ten races you mentioned,
it would be an oversight on them and lucky for the people to
not have been detected.
What we typically do is actually pack the car without the
Fuel Tank and the Fuel lines... And we either bring with us
a brand new Fuel Tank and Lines which we would install
at the track. And ofcourse when its time for travelling back,
we discard that same tank or if we have a substantial number
of tanks to be discarded, we just mail them back to our home
It may be a bit more work and expense but it will get rid of
airport security hassles.. Cant blame them afterall.
By the way, the cars and all other RC Stuff have to be clean
too as they likewise can get some contact with fuel which the
source of this whole issue.
Hope this helps..