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i'm going to Nova Scotia for a halloween party next week, and i want to bring my Arduino but i'm not sure if airport security will freak out and think it's a bomb (worst case scenario), i mean, it looks pretty suspicious.  i always travel very light (2 bags max) and i never check-in luggage because i can't stand waiting for luggage after the plane lands.

anyway, has anyone here taken their Arduinos on board an airplane before?  any issues with security?


Try to make it really obvious what it is, and if you can, take it as parts. If it's just a box of components, a board and maybe a few batteries then I would have thought you should be fine.



Oct 14, 2010, 12:23 pm Last Edit: Oct 14, 2010, 12:24 pm by Korman Reason: 1
I travel every week across Europe taking my Arduino, a bread board and a box of random components with me to while away my lonely evenings in hotel rooms. Never had any trouble. Leave your gas-powered soldering iron and the clippers in the check-in luggage though.

If they ask - which they do only very rarely - , tell them it's for sexual self-gratification and whether they want to try it. A roll of network cable and a computer lock with metal cord gets more attention, though one did wonder once what the roll solder was.



I would keep it in its retail packaging if you have it.

Definitely not a good idea to tuck it inside a shoe to prevent it getting damaged!

If you are worried about it, make a point of showing it to the person dishing out the trays at the scanner and asking if its ok. Act like they are the experts, an you a mere mortal are eliciting their opinion.
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Just make sure anything electronic you take through the airport isn't potted (or even packed) with silicone
from http://groups.google.com/group/neonixie-l/browse_thread/thread/21fdb2ef54b9c683/d0c0a83b57dc18e7?lnk=gst&q=silicone#d0c0a83b57dc18e7

> > Warning: take care with silicon:

> Was it Chris 'Fixitsan' Barron who had the problem with shipping a  
> nixie clock that had silicon inside it somewhere? The clock was  
> intercepted at the airport and exploded with a high-velocity water  
> jet on the runway because the silicon and neon gas inside looked  
> suspicious. The person who built the clock got a dawn raid by the  
> riot squad. I expect I got the story all wrong, but this could be  
> another reason not to use silicon.

> John S

Yep that's close enough John.
It was just post 9/11 and the explosives detectors at Glasgow airport which had coloured screens had just been installed. Apparently the RTV glows the same colour on the screen as some well known explosives. Glasgow airport was closed. Bomb disposal arrived and used a water cartridge to tear a hole through the clock.
Shortly afterwards a policeman arrived at my home, after identifying the sender's address marking, to ask me what it actually was in the package. I had an identical clock ready to be shipped and was able to show him the guts and the RTV sealant.

I fully expected the package to be returned to me, but the next thing I heard was fro the irate buyer who initiated an eBay grievance for poor packaging - the clock arrived with most of the guts hanging out of the package. Both Z5680 tubes were broken.

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