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    Re: Air travel with a sextant
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Dec 8, 23:03 -0500

    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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