[Tweeters] Re: Safe to check spotting scope in luggage?

Devorah the Ornithologist birdologist at gmail.com
Wed May 10 23:28:30 PDT 2017

i would never EVER put anything more valuable than a week's supply of used
underpants into checked luggage. reading news stories about the *increase*
in theft of electronics, jewellery and other valuables from checked bags by
TSA is not for the faint of heart:


i am also in an electronic conversation right now with a professional
photographer who told me his laptop was stolen from his checked bag and he
had to buy a new laptop to replace it whilst on a layover in iceland. when
i asked him what the airlines did about this, he said they did nothing.
NOTHING. i hugged my precious laptop close and allowed myself to be
tormented by a couple seconds of pure terror before i started googling the
latest regulations for flying in to london, since i am flying there today.
(i am hearing rumours -- only rumours -- that the UK "laptop ban" will soon
be expanded to include europe.)

On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 9:53 PM, JEFFREY COHEN <kokobean2 at hotmail.com>

> I would never put my scope (or bins or camera) in checked luggage, with or

> without a TSA lock. If I take a scope, I put it in my carry-on hard case

> with my camera and bins, and put the tripod in my luggage. That being

> said, I wouldn’t bother taking a scope to Kaua’i. Times when you can use

> it will be minimal.

> Must see places to visit are Kilauea Point and Hannalei NWRs on the north

> coast. The only place to see endemics are Kokee State Park and Alakai

> Swamp (next to each other). Personally, I wouldn’t go into the swamp

> without a guide, especially the first time. The hiking isn’t bad, just not

> a lot of signage. I recommend David Kuhn. He has more info and a really

> nice CD for sale at his website www.soundshawaiian.com. The only bird

> book you need is Hawaii’s Birds by the Hawaii Audubon Society. It is

> available from HAS, some local spots, and probably Amazon.


> Jeff Cohen

> Pittsburgh (soon to be Seattle)


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