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Body Armor - national restrictions

hi all – everyone’s favorite subject: body armor – maybe we can crowd source a list of nations/airports that have restrictions on transporting kit.

Dubai/UAE gets mentioned a lot, and I can’t remember what the latest situation was there. and I might need to transit some gear through London or Edinburgh. anyone know of any issues bring helmets/vests, etc out of the airport?

The US, for what it’s worth, is surprisingly relaxed, but has restrictions on sending rifle plates by regular postal mail as I recall.

by teru kuwayama at 2012-04-04 18:49:05 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

related thread here:


by teru kuwayama | 04 Apr 2012 18:04 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I have travelled in and out of london with body armor without problem albeit, i did not declare it – assuming it was okay.

by russell | 05 Apr 2012 13:04 | brighton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
right on – thanks.

sitrep on other countries?

by teru kuwayama | 05 Apr 2012 18:04 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
sorry teru – i am not sure about others

by russell | 05 Apr 2012 18:04 | brighton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Just went through Dubai from Bangkok to Los Angeles with level IV plates in checked luggage. No problems.

Last year, enroute to Libya from LAX to CDG. Vest/plates/helmet in the cabin… no problems getting through TSA. Flight attendant even popped my vest into the coat locker :)

Paris they had a shit fit, made me put my plates into checked luggage. Said it was too militaire to be in the plane with me. Plates didn’t make it to Tunis, but after two months they were delivered to my house in California.

Took about ten minutes of negotiations in Paris to let me take my helmet on the plane. Coming back from Tunis/Libya through Paris, no problems with helmet.

by Humphrey Cheung | 06 Apr 2012 08:04 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Just curious Humphrey. why would you argue to keep your helmut with you in the cabin? Risk to be steal?


by Yves Choquette | 06 Apr 2012 18:04 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
Yes, the chances of my armor being stolen/lost in checked baggage was extremely high because they initially wanted me to put it in a clear plastic bag. I wasn’t confident that it would survive past Paris, but even if it did the baggage handlers in Tunisia would have surely stolen the gear.

So having the helmet with me meant that I’d have the most important piece of armor if my other armor didn’t make it (which it didn’t).

by Humphrey Cheung | 06 Apr 2012 19:04 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
I agree with Humphrey about Paris. I heard about a snapper who got a bit of grief there last year. As for Dubai? The last guy I spoke to said they were putting up signs in KBL warning about taking gear through UAE airports.

Anyone who is transiting through Bahrain (Gulf Air does have some cheap flights) might want to be up to speed on the situation there before they go.

by Mikethehack | 07 Apr 2012 09:04 | Way up my own ass, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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