EDC Flashlights and Airport Security

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EDC Flashlights and Airport Security

I hope this hasn't been asked and answered... Forgive me if it has.  

It is a rare occasion when I travel by air.  But, on Friday, I'm taking the family to Walt Disney World on vaca.  I'll most likely take my Tank007 TK-703 in my pocket. While its a pretty cheap light, I'd hate to give it to the TSA.  Ive checked TSAs web site and seen nothing that would indicate that small flashlights are prohibited items.  

Does any of the frequent flyers here ever have any trouble EDC a small flashlight through airport security?

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We've had a similar thread. Here it is: http://budgetlightforum.cz.cc/node/1053

That is the light that I carry with me on planes. Never had a problem. I use it with NiMh only.

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You might  have trouble if you try to carry onboard a flashlight like this one.

Sharp Pointed Bezel

Besides, the sharp ends would ruin the pockets in your pants.
I've seen ones with even crazier spikes.

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A TK-703 should give you no problems at all.  Have a NiMH or alkaline in it, no lithium-ion to be safe.

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I am a frequent flyer and even though I agree with the advice above, the reality is that - unless you have specific, mandatory and binding rules on your side that you can point to (which most civilians really don't, except when flying with a what the TSA refer to as a "special item", ie. in most cases firearms and/or ammunition), you're pretty much at the mercy of the TSA folks manning the checkpoint.

You can always ask for a supervisor and you're free to sue them (TSA "officers" are not sworn law enforcement officers and it appears, they need to be reminded of that fact frequently) but the reality is that when you get a choice between taking a stand, possibly being arrested in front of your family and most definitely missing your flight or giving up whatever the security theater police deem "too dangerous" (tm) for you to have, you'll have to toss it in the bag and no amount of arguing is going to change that.

I haven't had them confiscate a flashlight yet (knock on wood), but I've heard horror stories from close friends - most of whom have served this country and in some cases still are. But then again, that's the TSA for ya. They'd rather harrass a 87 year-old medal of honor recipient than appear politically incorrect. There's a reason why the TSA is even more despised than the IRS.

My advice is don't bring anything you're not prepared to lose and if in doubt, do film everything (Phil Mocek did and it's why he won). MCO is pretty much hit-or-miss. At times, it's a nightmare but for the most part, it's okayish. I've found that it's often a lot easier to use the USPS if there's any chance that the TSA might break stuff, which is of course entirely legal, unless you're mailing a prohibited item.

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Outstanding replies. Thank you everyone!
LIght_Of_Day wrote:

You might  have trouble if you try to carry onboard a flashlight like this one.

Sharp Pointed Bezel

Besides, the sharp ends would ruin the pockets in your pants.
I've seen ones with even crazier spikes.

Wow! I've never seen a bezel like that one. Kind of goofy--- but I'm strangely attracted. That may end up on my list of lights to buy.
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Oxy Moron wrote:

I am a frequent flyer and even though I agree with the advice above, the reality is that - unless you have specific, mandatory and binding rules on your side that you can point to (which most civilians really don't, except when flying with a what the TSA refer to as a "special item", ie. in most cases firearms and/or ammunition), you're pretty much at the mercy of the TSA folks manning the checkpoint.

In all honesty, I'm prepared to part with my little flashlight and have my junk felt up. I hate that I can't carry my 1 inch blade keychain knife which would be great for opening the in- flight peanuts. Nor can I concealed carry my Ruger LCP to defend my family or the flight if necessary. I feel like a lamb going to the slaughter of giving up all rights just to get to Florida in 3 hours instead of 14 hours. I expect the worst from TSA but I won't be the guy to make a point. Go along to get along. Why this country is so afraid of the p word when it comes to flight security baffles me. Profiling has little to do with race and nationality (but uncomfortably, it does factor in). But it is much more efficient and effective than our current system. We could learn from El Al in that respect. Sorry for the tangent. Back to budget lights. Absolutely love THIS flashlight forum!
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astros50 wrote:
Outstanding replies. Thank you everyone!
LIght_Of_Day wrote:

You might  have trouble if you try to carry onboard a flashlight like this one.

Sharp Pointed Bezel

Besides, the sharp ends would ruin the pockets in your pants.
I've seen ones with even crazier spikes.

Wow! I've never seen a bezel like that one. Kind of goofy--- but I'm strangely attracted. That may end up on my list of lights to buy.

 

It is actually an excellent light. - and comes with a more sane bezel. I really regret losing this one. The spiky bezel was memorably described as the "Klingon Bezel" It seriously messes up the beam.

There's a review of it here

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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I am a frequent flyer and have never had any questions about the flashlights I travel with.  Once in France I had my computer bag gone through with a fine tooth comb, but when they came to the flashlight all they did was ask me to turn it on.  Once they saw it light up that was all they cared about.  In the US I have never had a TSA agent ask about my multiple flashlights in my bag.  That includes the L2P with an 18650 in it.  

I doubt you will have a problem.