16054Re: [PanoToolsNG] Re: new international rule about batteries
- Jan 4, 2008Sometime around 3/1/08 (at 22:02 -0800) Pat Swovelin said:
>Have you ever had a conversation with anyone in the TSA at the securityWell, not someone badged as Homeland Security, but I have had to
>check-in point and/or someone from Homeland Security?
explain the large, suspicious lump of highly-machined metal and the
metal tubes in my carry-on bag to jumpy check-in security in San
Francisco a couple of different times.
The 360P Absolute head is a little scary (especially on x-rays) if
you're looking for terrorists and don't have a clue about what it
really is! Tripod parts just compound the problem too... but it was
never worryingly difficult to explain. So far anyway.
If I ever need to explain multiple batteries I'll leave the physics
calculations for later and just say "oh, these all fall into the
official 'small battery' category, they're well under the limit".
Being clear, calm, confident and cooperative (the four Cs) normally
helps a lot.
The fact is, the people checking bags want to stop terrorists and
other criminals, not futz about with honest and cooperative
passengers. I've seen (second-hand) how petty they *can* be if
handled wrongly, but if they're convinced that you're *really*
harmless - and honestly are trying to stay in line - then human
nature will begin to work on your side. Or so my experience has shown
on a number of occasions... :-)
Hmm. Perhaps now is the right point to say "your mileage may vary"?
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