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Bringing a flashlight on a plane

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by Norseman, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. Norseman

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    I searched but I don’t see this specific topic. I find it hard to believe I’d be the first one bringing it up, though.

    What flashlights/batteries can we bring on a plane?

    Think I’d have any trouble with my S1R Baton II ?


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  2. Adam Ng

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    I do it all the time. Big Surefire to baby AAA Maratac.


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    IATA Dangerous goods regulation is licensed, so I don´t have the actual wording, but you are allowed to bring PEDs (portable electronic devices) in your hand luggage. I think they have introduced a maximum number for each passenger, but as far as your total number of PEDs doesn´t exceed the limit, I can´t see anything preventing you from bringing a flashlight, or even several, in your hand luggage.

    Checked in luggage is a different beast.
     
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  4. EZDog

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    Never been a problem for me and never just a few at a time either!

    It seems though that the more stuff you carry on that the Agent does not understand might increase the likelihood of you having to demonstrate just what it is.
     
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    I have flown with a flashlight on multiple occasions without issue and would think your S1r Baton II should be fine.

    Where problems may arise is if the flashlight could somehow be construed as a weapon like aggressive crenelation, length (under 7in should be ok as tool), or blindingly bright. The brightness is really subjective and probably would only be an issue if an agent was looking for a reason.

    As far as batteries for it, there use to be where lithium were only allowed only in the electronic device they were for. I believe that policy has changed and they are ok if in a protective package and for “personal use”.
     
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    I have and still do carry multiple flashlights, though in all cases pocket size. Right now I carry two small O-Lights and both are in my backpack when screened. I also have spare lithium batteries in a battery holder in my duffle. Never been an issue. Certainly a larger heavy light would probably be a problem on carry on; but no lithium batteries in checked baggage.
     
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  7. Norseman

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    Thanks everyone


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    My EDC flashlight is usually a Nitecore MT10C. I also keep an MH12 in my laptop bag. Never any problems with TSA.
     
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    Never been a problem for me with my big Klaurus m11 and MTE AA.
     
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    There's the short answer on the topic.
     
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    Just flew to DC and carried my Surefire stilleto. Didn’t have any issues other than the agent wanted to know why it said “caution may get hot”


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    I don't think I could get away with this right now - but about 4 years ago I would take about 4 overrated (153 Wh / 10.4 Ah) Video/Digital Cinema Lithium-Ion batteries carry-on and nobody batted an eye. I would just open up the pelican case at security and show them, plunk them into a bin, like I had nothing to hide. They have really cracked down on this in the last 2 years.

    So the conversation of a flashlight seems quaint.
     
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  13. EZDog

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    You can still do this with no problem you just can not check them through,they need to be carried on.
     
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    I've carried an S1R Baton, M1X Striker, and and Anker 26800+ battery pack in my carry on, and TSA didn't bat an eye. But I set them all out, except the S1R, in a separate tray with my iPad