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Cliffj

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What is the best way to take a metal detector on a air plane domestic flight,carry on or checked ?
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When I went to England, I put my detector in my checked luggage, but I've only flown with the detector once. Others in the club have a great deal more experience flying with their detectors than I do.
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That's good to know, because I'm planning to fly too. (this state of frozen ground is getting intolerable)
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Hi Cliff,
Being the guy that falls in the overkill category I would carry my machine/s on; all my machines break-down well. However, our greatest difficulty may be the critical component... BATTERIES! One of my machines can use standard batteries that I can buy anywhere, but the Minelab uses a very large, special, Lithium Ion battery... $$$$ ... With the recent problems of Swagway and LI batteries, a lot of airlines are changing their rules.   

I checked the FAA site and here is their regs in part, I would definitely call because these were last modified: March 19, 2013... I would hate to get to the airport and find out that my $$$$ ML battery is not allowed onboard and it is way too expensive to toss in the trash:

"Pack Safe -- Lithium ion and lithium metal batteries, spare (uninstalled)

Rechargeable and non-rechargeable lithium batteries, cell phone batteries, laptop batteries, external batteries, portable rechargers

Spare (uninstalled) lithium ion and lithium metal batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only. When a carry-on bag is checked at the gate or at planeside, all spare lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin. The battery terminals must be protected from short circuit.

This covers spare lithium metal and spare rechargeable lithium ion batteries for personal electronics such as cameras, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets, watches, calculators, etc. This also includes external battery chargers (portable rechargers) containing a lithium ion battery. For lithium batteries that are installed in a device (laptop, cell phone, camera, etc.), see the entry for "portable electronic devices, containing batteries" in this chart.

Size limits: Lithium metal (non-rechargeable) batteries are limited to 2 grams of lithium per battery.... "

Source: https://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/more_info/?hazmat=7

Good luck and happy hunting...

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Call both the FAA and for sure the Airlines; having worked with the Airlines for nearly 3 decades, their rules can be and often are, more restrictive than FAA regs... [confused]


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If you are forced or would prefer to check your detector as luggage check out SKB cases. They make ATA shells that could easily be used for a flight case.

Contact a dealer in the country your going to to see if you can rent a ION battery for your detector. The dealer can also supply you with the correct charger.

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Good points Marty,
I never thought of renting a battery... [wave]

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Just had another thought. You can't fly with the battery but your detector came with one so it must be ok to ship the battery. How about shipping the battery ahead of time via UPS or FedEx. I know you cannot ship it via the Postal service, USPS.
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Have you considered a hard-sided golf bag case?  Not only your detector can fit....but you can pack clothes around it to soften it.  I've carried golf clubs, firearms and a number of other things in those bags and they are TSA compliant if you get the right one.  Plus, you can get them on Craigs list from time to time!
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I work for an ecig company and travel all the time with large amounts of lithium-ion batteries... No problem they just have to be carried on with you. They can not be in checked luggage as that would not be safe. All airports make an announcement about lithium-ion batteries before the flight saying they must remain on person.
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