I know I've read several posts from time to time where some of you have taken your GPSr on an airplane. Has anyone ever had a problem with getting it by security? I'm flying to San Diego next week and wanted to take mine with me. I plan to carry it in my pocket rather than put it in my suitcase because I don't want it to become lost or damaged.
I have taken mine several times an many airlines. I have had no problems with security. I carry mine in a carry on bag. I think maybe once they wanted me to turn it on, but usually no problems.
carrying mine through airport security.
I've flown out of Lindbergh Field many times with it in my carry on bag.
I carry a lot of electronics in my carry on when I fly. GPS w/ friction mount, laptop, noise cancelling headphones, extra cables, etc. My carry on looks like a bomb makers happy meal.
The only time I had the slightest delay was with a new TSA agent. He was operating the xray machine and had never seen a beanbag friction mount. So he tagged my bag for further inspection. As soon as I opened the bag a more experienced TSA agent saw the friction mount and waved me through. But I got a chuckle listening to the experienced agent tell the new agent what the beanbag mount was used for.
As far as electronic devices, the TSA has never once asked me to turn on any of my electronic devices!! Go figure.
Its on the carry on and have had no problems.
Last week I drove my daughter's car to her from St. Louis up to Boston. When flying back my carry on had my shaving kit, dirty shirt/socks/underwear, GPS, IPOD and transmitter, GPS, Radar detector, cell phone, 3 outlet adaptor and all of the cables to above.
They decided to swab the bag to test for Bomb residue, but that took like 5 minutes. This is the worse that will happen now days.
All I've ever seen done to my electronic devices during check in is the X-ray on the conveyor belt and the usual bomb swab. (X rays have never bothered my GPS).
I've heard that they can make you turn electronic devices on to make sure they behave like they are supposed to, but that's never happened to me.
I had no problems. Just make sure that you use it above 10,000 feet. It is nice knowing where you are when flying. It takes the mystery out of "I wonder what city that is below!!"
I've flown with mine several times including to/from the US to Canada. I have never had any issues.
Have never had a problem...
me too never got any problem as long as you have it scan
and it has never been an issue. Never even been asked about it.
Never had an issue taking it as carry on.
Pass with security with ease.
Twice security has asked me to turn it on, similar to a lap top, but no other issues.
Has anyone taken their gps on a plane to Italy?
I took both my car GPSr NUVI and the handheld outdoor Magellan Sportrack. I also had the laptop and wifi finder, noise cancelling headphones and a few other things. Security never asked to turn on anything. I got to use one of the receivers on two flights. Neat to watch speed, altitude and location. On the second flight, I was asked to turn it off. Some airlines allow, some don't. I also read you can politely ask the pilot if you can use it. If it's ok with him, you can use it.
I usually pack my gps in my computer bag. No problems and no questions.
I flew to CO in March and drove back to NY. I took all my stuff for the car & more. GPS, Laptop, iPod, WiFi Router, Radar Detector, PDA, Cell Phone, 2 Digital Cameras with 5 batteries. I had no issues they had me open my bag and swabbed the stuff but that's it. They didn't make me turn it on or anything. I tried to use my Nuvi 660 on the plane but it could never lock onto a satellite I was so bummed but then again I was not in a window seat so that probably was the issue.
I had no issue on GPS.
Have you heard the one about the new TSA Agent, "So then the experienced agent turned to the newbie and said..."
Working in technology, on one trip I had four different model laptop computers, a half dozen Cell Phones and PDA's, and a GPS unit, with several chargers and cables for everything; all carry-on.
Being a semi-experienced traveler, I went to the farthest, least crowded line, and placed the laptops in separate bins, shoes in a bin, and the phones and pda's in another. Went right through with no problems. And yes - I had all the serial numbers listed on a separate list that I showed to the security agent, so he would help in a "just in case another traveler decided that they might like one of the laptops" scenario.
Thanks for all the replies. I'll be taking it with me.
Wow, that is smart. I never would have thought of that, but I am not so seasoned. I would imagine that if someone claimed your laptop to be theirs they would have to know what ws installed and explain why your files are on it.
When I travel the laptop comes with me, the digital camera, video camera, GPS, MP3 player, some ham radios, XM radio...I would have a lot of serial numbers to record.
Funny though, I can walk through with enough electronics to supply a Radio Shack and my wife's little change purse is what gets checked most of the time!
And yes - I had all the serial numbers listed on a separate list that I showed to the security agent, so he would help in a "just in case another traveler decided that they might like one of the laptops" scenario.
I taken my GPS on several trips as a carry-on, including out of the country. No problems.
i would put all my electronics--media player, camera, camcorder, batteries, chargers, batteries and cables in a ziplock bag. I just put the ziplock bag in the tray through security, that way I don't lose anything. Never had a problem.
I shoot broadcast video and you should see my camera bag which I always carry on. Cables wires connectors all kinds of funny looking electronics including my GPS and the only problem I had once in New York was the large batteries I use for my video camera. I passed threw security many many times and this guy decided I had to check my batteries because he couldn't see through them on the x-ray machines other than that no troubles.
... two weeks ago before I went to Chicago with the GPS off in my luggage.
of course the thread didn't have your post yet.
And it still would have been interesting to see the GPS track - why did I leave it off? I had the power connecter, I oculd have charged it later.
Ah well. Next trip...
just asked to turn it on sometimes....
Since I travel with a lot of gear that I prefer to not put in my checked-in luggage, I did my research before the last time that I flew (a few years ago) because there had been some TSA revisions.
If I recall correctly, that time I ended up packing my extra battery packs in the checked-in luggage because the regs (TSA or airline- I can't recall) noted that they should not be in the carry-on. Apparently batteries pose a problem because they need to be scrutinized by person.
and the only problem I had once in New York was the large batteries I use for my video camera. I passed threw security many many times and this guy decided I had to check my batteries because he couldn't see through them on the x-ray machines other than that no troubles.
Advised by TSA (link: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/batteries.s...)
# Keep batteries and equipment with you, or in carry-on baggage - not in your checked baggage! In the cabin, flight crew can better monitor conditions, and have access to the batteries or device if a fire does occur.
Thanks for the clarification. Either something changed or my recall was in reverse! I am sure that the aging brain is to blame!
No problems with travel. I travel weekly and always take mine through security. Haven't been asked anything. I just wish I could get it to work on the plane. I want to see how fast we are going but it doesn't ever get a signal for me.
I just took mine to Canada. Put it in my backpack. No problems.
No problems what so ever?!
I've taken at least 450 flights in the past 3 years and keep my GPS in my computer bag. I've never had to take it out at any of the dozens of airports I go through.
"I just wish I could get it to work on the plane. I want to see how fast we are going but it doesn't ever get a signal for me."
Has anyone been able to access the satellites when in flight? It would be interesting to know how a GPS reacts while flying high above earth.
Take a window seat, hold the GPSr next to the window, and be patient... it usually works.
I took mine to Italy last fall and had no problem going through a number of European countries. Keep it with you and be prepared to turn it on if asked, so make sure your battery is fully charged.
I have taken mine along to Italy, France and Germany as well as to the US and Canada via air. Never had a problem and rarely get asked to turn it on.
I always put my GPS in my carryon in case my checked bags get opened and the unit is stolen. No problems going through security. GPS doesn't transmit so less of a problem compared to a mobile phone.
Another positive about using your GPS on a plane is the new maximum speed it will put on your GPS log. Mine is 550 mph.
I never had a problem with my GPSmap76S, but I don't know how long my Nuvi would last on its internal battery.Just make sure you switch it to off road use or it will try to stick to any road that you are flying over. With the GPSmap76s you can download the track into Mapsource with all the relevant speed and altitude data.
Sounds cool - I'll have to try this the next time I fly.
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