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    Re: Air travel with a sextant
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Dec 8, 23:23 -0500

    Thank you. Please inform me when you try.
    What happens with the items security does not let through?
    (I would rather pack my sextant in the luggage then loose it).
    On Wed, 8 Dec 2004, Fred Hebard wrote:
    > On Dec 8, 2004, at 10:48 PM, Alexandre Eremenko wrote:
    > > I remember this question was asked once on this list
    > > but I've never seen a reply:
    > > How does security control react on a sextant
    > > when you travel in an airplane?
    > > (I mean after September 11).
    > > Can anyone share his/her experience?
    > > I suppose you don't check it in with your luggage.
    > > Alex.
    > >
    > >
    > I assume that one wouldn't want to put a sextant in checked luggage if
    > at all possible.
    > I asked the federal security officers at several airports about whether
    > it could be carried on board.  Tools are not allowed in carryon
    > luggage, but the officers did not regard the sextant as a tool.  Now
    > clearly sextants are fairly heavy metal objects, but, again, they did
    > not appear to regard it as a prohibited object.
    > I could never get a firm answer from the officers that a sextant would
    > be allowed aboard.  They said that question would be decided by the
    > supervisor of the watch on duty when I passed through at the time of
    > passage.  So no advance assurance was offered that the sextant would be
    > allowed through.  Thus one might be able to carry it on board on one
    > leg of a flight but not the return leg.
    > Thus my plan was to arrive extra early at the airport so I would have
    > time to check the sextant if it didn't pass security, and to have a
    > plan for further packaging as checked luggage.  I have not yet
    > implemented the plan.
    > Fred

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