Flying with flashlights

Flying with flashlights

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    Flying with flashlights

    Anyone had any problems taking flashlights onto planes on their person or in carry-ons?

    I have a 5" Pentagon light I would like to take with me, but don't want to lose to screeners.

    (Guess I need some sort of safety blanket as I'm going to DC for 4 days! )


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    I carry a surefire E2D Executive Defender at all times. The day after the UK incident I flew from Calgary Alberta Canada International Airport to Chicago O'Hare. It has been on 26 flights since 9-11. I keep it in my computer case with my pens. The airline crew carries AA Maglites on their belts and the 2 cell flashlights have never been added to the "list" for the little monkeys at security. I have more trouble with my mouthwash and toothpaste than with the E2D which comes with a video showing how to remove a jugular vein with the bezel. Warning: I always carry a self addressed stamped [for the weight of the E2D] padded envelope. They are required to give you the option of mailing most contraband home if not allowed on the plane.

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    I've carried a flashlight on several airline flights, no problems.

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    If I have a lot of hardware in my carry on bag, usually the bag is hand searched. TSA has take my flashlights out and tested if they work then put everything back.

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    Good to know! Thanks for the thread AutoFan.
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    Update: I checked the TSA website prior to flying, it doesn't even mention flashlights, and I flew in and out of Dulles with no problems.

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    I always carry a self addressed stamped [for the weight of the E2D] padded envelope. They are required to give you the option of mailing most contraband home if not allowed on the plane.
    That's a great idea!


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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    Update: I checked the TSA website prior to flying, it doesn't even mention flashlights, and I flew in and out of Dulles with no problems.
    Yep, I'm through Dulles 2-3 times a month. No problems. My E2D, L4 and E1e have all been fine. They have gone through Tokyo and Brussels as well as numerous US airports. Usually my GPS is what triggers any attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    Anyone had any problems taking flashlights onto planes on their person or in carry-ons?

    I have a 5" Pentagon light I would like to take with me, but don't want to lose to screeners.

    (Guess I need some sort of safety blanket as I'm going to DC for 4 days! )
    I just quickly looked at the Pentagon light online and none of them seem to look "threatening."

    I totally sympathize with the "naked" feeling when traveling, so I like to have a light with me. I have traveled with both the MiniMagLED 2AA and the Inova T2, with no trouble at all.

    I would caution against the carrying-on of the "weaponized" flashlights -- the kinds with the "crenelated" bezel that pretty much says, "I'm here to cause injury when I'm swung at someone's head."

    Do I like the idea that a flashlight can be used as a desperation defensive weapon? YES. Do I think we should make do with plain old flashlights like the MiniMag rather than making overt weapons out of our flashlights? Yes again.

    If we continue on with the weaponization of flashlights, we might see them banned from flights as well. That would be bad.

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    I carry my Surefire E2 with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas401 View Post
    They are required to give you the option of mailing most contraband home if not allowed on the plane.
    Do you have a reference for that statement?

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    No information as to if it's "required" or not, but I work at the Daytona Beach FL. airport and mailing envelopes are provided by the airport administration free of charge. Costs several thousand a year to mail home suntan lotion, Zippo lighters, and such. I understand many airports do this, you might check with them directly. I checked with the TSA agent on duty at the checkpoint, she said my "tactical" style flashlight was OK. (I carry a polymer Surefire or a Streamlight Scorpion).

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    No Problems On Delta...

    I've flown on Delta several times during the last two years. I had my SureFire on a lanyard around my neck...never a problem...

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    Where is the video of the E2D jugular-ripping demonstration to be found at?
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