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Old 06-01-2004, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Transporting cars and support equipment on commercial airline

Hi, I'd like to know how everyone packs up their cars and how you guys take your stuff with you when you take a plane. Do you check them in or hand carry them with you? Also, are there any RC related equipment that aren't allowed to be hand-carried or aren't allowed at all??
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Old 06-01-2004, 10:24 AM   #2
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I've heard secondhand of airlines refusing to allow battery packs, but other than that, and stuff like motor spray/tire sauce, I can't think of anything that wouldn't be allowed.

Of course, alot of people ship that stuff UPS when they go to out of town races.

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Old 06-01-2004, 10:28 AM   #3
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When I fly, there are a few things I try to carry on. My radio, car, and batteries. One thing that I do too is let them know before it goes thru the x-ray machine that "there are R/C car parts in the bag including rechargeable battery packs". I carry those things with me because thos I can't afford to have lost. Charger, power supply, extra motors, shock oils, bushing lube, and tools I check. I can borrow or purchase those things at the track I will be going to. You cannot take anything with you thats flamible, White Lightning for example. Motor spray and nitro fuel are more no-nos. Your tools MUST be checked, they won't let you anywhere near the cabin with tools. I just flew with my buggy to LAX and back and it was just fine, and this was the 4th time I've taken RC stuff out there sin 9/11. And you gotta figure LA and New York are going to be the most secure airports. Just explain what you have and what it's for and it'll be fine.
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Old 06-01-2004, 10:29 AM   #4
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Can you put moto spray in your check in luggage? Wouldn't that cause problem as the luggage area on an airplane is not pressurized?
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Old 06-01-2004, 10:32 AM   #5
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I've only transported like that once and the one thing I can say is you better prey the race you're going to has power because they wont let you take your Big car battery charging source.
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Old 06-01-2004, 10:32 AM   #6
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Most fluids are a no-no, even for checked bags. This assume tire traction compound, body cleaner and definitely motor spray.

I have had no problems (but assume they will always be opened and searched) with regular 'hauler bags' as checked baggage.
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Old 06-01-2004, 10:36 AM   #7
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It's kinda the other way around...it could (but probably wouldn't) make a problem because that part of the plane isn't pressurized...but the can of motor spray *is*.
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i have flown all over with my R/C stuff, at the SNOWBIRD'S , CLEVELAND, AND OTHERS, fluids at frowned at, but radio's motors and batteries are ok, and if you do have a problem , if you explain what you are doing, they understand , (most of the time)
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One of the best things you can bring with you is rc car magazines. It helps explain what all this stuff is.
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