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    Re: Air travel with a sextant
    From: Paul Bryans
    Date: 2004 Dec 10, 08:24 -0000

    For international travel look on:
    Then download "Passenger Information"
    I have not had any questions about a sextant (they have fun trying to work
    out what it is on the X-ray) or EPIRB but life jackets can cause trouble if
    you come up against a "jobsworth" with his own list; one pilot even refused
    to let one on when asked - and they do have the final say.
    Paul Bryans
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Jared Sherman" 
    Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 8:06 PM
    Subject: Re: Air travel with a sextant
    > < that's more trouble.>>
    > I flew out of LGA with my autoinflating vest on 9/17/2001, returned at the
    > end of the month from SeaTac (where the inspectors have always been MUCH
    > MUCH better, i.e. tighter) and no one questioned it.
    > Again the answers are at www.tsa.gov, a life vest of life-saving equipment
    > with a CO2 bottle is specifically allowed in the cabin for air travel
    > international convention, I think the name for it is "UN Class 2
    > equipment" or something unequally mundane. Since there is a similar piece
    > equipment stored under each seaet in the cabin--by FAA regulation--for
    > overwater flight, they can't really tell the passengers not to bring the
    > same equipment on board, when the FAA not only allows by REQUIRES it to be
    > in the cabin.
    > A fumbling inspector might not understand...it pays to check the regs and
    > confirm that UN classification number, and to carry a printout if
    > (Sorry, don't know where I last saw it but the mfrs. should be able to
    > you to it.)
    > Anything that flunks security can go back to the ticket counter OR at the
    > discretion of the facility, you can request a "gate check" for it. It goes
    > with you to the gate, then goes below and is loaded in as baggage at the
    > last minute. That's what they do with baby strollers and carry-on bags
    > are found to be too large.
    > The other option, if the inspector doesn't know what a sextant is, is to
    > tell them "Ask any senior pilot, they know what it is because they used to
    > be required to use them for navigation." The pilot always has the last
    > about what can come on the plane.

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