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Why not just take out the cell, “Here…”, and take back the light?

No reason for them to not allow that, unless they’re f’n thieves to begin with.

Snap a pic of the thief, post it online far’n‘wide when you get back.

TSA = “Thieves Steal Anything”?

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turkeydance wrote:
TSA took two of my favorites
very sorry to hear that, what did they look like, were they longer than 7” with Tactical Strike Bezels?

TSA has never taken any light of mine, and have never said anything about the batteries either. Mine are not tactical looking…

These have been thru multiple flights:

the only challege was, one time I was asked by security, who approached me while I was seated in the boarding area
“is that a flashlight clipped to your back pocket?”

I replied, “Yes Sir, would you like me to show it to you?”

“No thats fine”, he said, and walked away.

I could tell he could see that the thing in my pocket was round, not flat like a knife.. what initially drew his attention was the pocket clip..

It was the Titanium light on the right in the photo.

I do not carry knives thru security, TSA does confiscate those…
I lost a really nice one to them…

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If I’m traveling usually I have three lights with me, Prometheus Alpha, Titanium Tool and a FW3T. Actually it’s four, an Aurora A4 is always on my keychain.

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The large Macbook Pro is allowed on aircrafts, so not sure why TSA would take a small flashlight. Maybe they just wanted the flashlight.

My travel flashlight is the Nitecore E4K EDC

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the two were taken several years ago.
i thought TSA had “loosened up” some
since then, but no, they confiscated the
cheap one and a lighter (birthday candles).

maybe i fit some “profile” or “wanted” picture.
again, now i just go cheap and do not waste
my time by attempting to prove otherwise.

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My travel light is a “Lumintop LM10”:
I like Lumintop for the quality and relatively fair prices. They are not always “budget”, but they are highly regarded across the flashlight community. The FW3A is on my to-buy list also.

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On the one hand, I’d really like one of my trusted flashlights in case of emergency when traveling by air. On the other, I’d be quite upset if TSA confiscated any of those…

It hasn’t come up since I haven’t flown since I joined here.

Well, I have a Sipik now, time to mod it I guess.

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“Uhh, I really like your flashlight… I mean, the battery’s too big, I gotta confiscate it.”

[unscrew unscrew unscrew]

“Here, take the battery, scumbag, but I’m keeping the batteryless light.”

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Lightbringer wrote:
“Uhh, I really like your flashlight… I mean, the battery’s too big, I gotta confiscate it.”

[unscrew unscrew unscrew]

“Here, take the battery, scumbag, but I’m keeping the batteryless light.”

Life is hard for some people.

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Lightbringer wrote:
“Uhh, I really like your flashlight… I mean, the battery’s too big, I gotta confiscate it.”

[unscrew unscrew unscrew]

“Here, take the battery, scumbag, but I’m keeping the batteryless light.”


That’s literally what happened to me a “headless horseman hayrides” in West Park, NY. Lost a decent 14500, kept my SK68 Sipik (yeah, not expensive, but at the time it was a good light for me), SK68 still has its uses
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well, another test will be this Thursday,
July 1st, flying out (thank goodness) of DC.

this is on my keyring: Fenix E01.
simple, small, basic, and CHEAP.

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I keep looking for the perfect travel light. Pocketable in any type of attire, robust, good UI with easy moon and high, waterproof, “bright enough” and versatile. Plus rechargeable but also compatible with easily sourced primaries… Oh, and it must have good tint and CRI (willing to balance those options although I like 3500-4000k and 90+ CRI).

I’ve tried many, and like the single AA concept for easy maintenance… but so far I’ve used my Wizard Pro XHP50 Warm for a couple years now and its been close to perfect. CRI seems better than the 80 I thought it was rated for and tint is great, too. Pair that with a 219B AA or AAA vampire and I’m happy.

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Dirty Water Guy wrote:
That’s literally what happened to me a “headless horseman hayrides” in West Park, NY. Lost a decent 14500, kept my SK68 Sipik (yeah, not expensive, but at the time it was a good light for me), SK68 still has its uses

Wtf?? Why would they snatch a light or even a cell? Afraid someone might set a cornfield-maze on fire??

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Lightbringer wrote:
Dirty Water Guy wrote:
That’s literally what happened to me a “headless horseman hayrides” in West Park, NY. Lost a decent 14500, kept my SK68 Sipik (yeah, not expensive, but at the time it was a good light for me), SK68 still has its uses

Wtf?? Why would they snatch a light or even a cell? Afraid someone might set a cornfield-maze on fire??


I actually worked there as a scare actor a few years later. Security doesn’t want visitors scaring the actors or ruining the scares with flashlights. Bunch of bullshit if you asked me, security there buncha rent a cops with more ego than brain matter, probably more interested in pocketing confiscated items (knives, flashlights, whiskey flasks, weed etc)
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buck91 wrote:
I keep looking for the perfect travel light.

and like the single AA
have you tried one of the Eagletac D25A or D3A Ti?
some have Nichias..

Eagletac have a solid clip that allows deep carry (better than the Tool), and Eagletac are slightly slimmer than the AA Tool


otoh, the ET has a circuit ripple that produces lines in photos, the Tool does not

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Dirty Water Guy wrote:
I actually worked there as a scare actor a few years later. Security doesn’t want visitors scaring the actors or ruining the scares with flashlights. Bunch of bullshit if you asked me, security there buncha rent a cops with more ego than brain matter, probably more interested in pocketing confiscated items (knives, flashlights, whiskey flasks, weed etc)

Couldn’t just go back to the car and put it away? Or say, “I want it back when I come out, or else” (call the cops, sue, whatever)?

Unless they have clearly posted signs of what’s verboten, they can’t just snatch what they want without giving it back.

Imagine “no cellphones allowed” and they just steal them under that guise. No one would stand for it.

 

I goggled a HHH but in West Ulster or whatever, and talk about an “authoritarian” sounding webpage…

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jon_slider wrote:
… have you tried one of the Eagletac D25A or D3A Ti? …

No, I’ve wanted to but haven’t found the right deal.

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When I travel, which doesn’t happen currently, I use a Wuben Pen Light

It doesn’t look like a flashlight and won’t attract any suspicion by TSA or anyone else. Very light and small.

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Good idea, RPI, to travel with your pen light.

I will try doing the same next time I travel. I have a few (dispensable, cheap) pen lights which look like long pens. Maybe I will just remove the metal clip and let it blend in as a “pen” when going through security check-points.

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the Fenix E01 passed TSA with “flying colors”.
nothing said, nothing confiscated, nothing at all.

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jon_slider wrote:
turkeydance wrote:
TSA took two of my favorites
very sorry to hear that, what did they look like, were they longer than 7” with Tactical Strike Bezels?

TSA has never taken any light of mine, and have never said anything about the batteries either. Mine are not tactical looking…

These have been thru multiple flights:

the only challege was, one time I was asked by security, who approached me while I was seated in the boarding area
“is that a flashlight clipped to your back pocket?”

I replied, “Yes Sir, would you like me to show it to you?”

“No thats fine”, he said, and walked away.

I often carried Novatac 120T in several domestic flights.

One morning in Bali, I forgot to remove it from my belt holster when entering X ray/metal detector area. The officer asked and I show him the flashlight.

He clicked the light while looking at the LED Facepalm

He returned it to me and ask me to continue.

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I remember reading maybe 10 years ago about a flashaholic who had carried a McGizmo flashlight with him on a plane trip. The light had a custom crenelated bezel. TSA considered it a weapon and confiscated it. The guy said it’s a flashlight, not a weapon. The TSA agent pointed to the bezel. “I can take that off.” The agent wouldn’t hand the light back to him. No recourse. $400 gone.

I never carry any of my prized lights with a crenelated bezel attached. Plus, I’ll remove batteries and rubberband them together in a ziplock back, stuffed with my packed clothes. One time a TSA agent asked “what is this,” regarding my FW3A without battery. I explained it was a flashlight. The guy pressed the button and of course nothing happened. “I took the battery out, per TSA safety regs.” And then he was OK.

Seriously, more time and convenience has been wasted due to woefully inept TSA policies. The radicals who started this whole thing on 9/11 must be laughing at us.

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I keep a cheap zoomie in the car for accident reasons, used it 2 times and once for a flat tire on the way to work.

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Olight S2 Baton

Lightest 18650 side switch I could find that has a clip that is suitable for a hat. Maybe someday I’ll try to upgrade LED. probably not.

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The last 5 years I’ve had a Ti3 in my pocket and a A6 (18650) in my luggage, never had someone interested in these 2. Lately the one in my luggage may vary a bit, last trip it was a IF25A.

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just a thorfire BLF Q8 in the bag and a nitecore NU17 in the pocket.

Generic Zoomie Xml LED
Nitecore NU 17
Thorfire Q8

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We’ve always traveled (flew) with ZebraLights. Mine is the SC52w L2 (14500) which is always in my backpack and my wife’s is the SC62w (18650). These are some of my first flashlights and traveling is the only time I use mine, unless rarely needed at my desk job. My wife love my old SC62w which is fine by me since I’ve become a tint snob. We’ve never had an issue with TSA or any other country’s security.

But given the info above, perhaps I need to rethink what we fly with. Maybe my old Sunwayman D40As (4 x AA) instead. I’d hate to have my ZebraLights confiscated for “security” reasons.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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Limintop Tool 2.0 AA with the twisty tail cap. Runs on AA, no accidental activation etc. Small and easy to use.

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I travel with my EDC, the FW3A, and a couple of keychain flashlights.

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