[Tweeters] Safe to check spotting scope in luggage?

J Christian Kessler 1northraven at gmail.com
Tue May 9 12:47:45 PDT 2017

I'm actually on Maui right now, & have flown birding equipment many times.
I always put my tripod in checked luggage (duffle bag) but always keep
bins, spotting scope, & camera bodies & lenses in carry-on. As long as 10
years ago I've had TSA agents tell me that TSA approved locks can be
compromised & are not a guarantee. I cannot vouch for this, but don't
trust anything with substantial street resale value to the universal
honesty of others.


On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 12:10 PM, Hilary Barnes <habarnes at earthlink.net>

> Greetings experienced nature travelers-


> We will be visiting Kauai soon for a week, and I would like to take my

> spotting scope along, or, at least have access to one while there. I have a

> rather clunky Vortex scope and a study Manfroto 190 tripod. We took it to

> Sanibel Island, FL, once, and I think I took the scope in my carry-on and

> the tripod in a large suitcase. Remembering the airport trek, I am

> considering checking the whole shebang and using a TSA approved suitcase

> lock. Your feed back on equipment management, safety and security would be

> appreciated.


> Oh, and any birding contacts or tips would be wonderful as well! We will

> be staying in Princeville on the north shore, and will be renting a car. I

> have found a lot of useful information online, and have copies of "A Pocket

> guide to Hawai'i's Birds" and "Enjoying Birds and Other Wildlife in

> Hawai'i'" from a previous tag-along trip to Oahu for my husband's

> atmospheric science work group meeting. The point of this trip is actual

> R&R- birding and botany will take place both deliberately and at leisure.

> Thanks for your input-



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