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CARRYING A BLACK BODY ARMOR ON FLIGHTS?

ciao lightstalkers.
im trying to find ways to carry as much luggage as i can without paying any extra charges.

i m getting away with carrying a 25kgs carry on back pack and a supposed lap top bag ( which i fill with cables and hard drives ).
i can limit my gear to nothing usually but im going around for a few months and then settling in ethiopia and i need to carry all my stuff around.
i never tried to wear on board my fancy bullet proof vest with both my plates in. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
possible or the proud security guards will twist their noses?

cheers to all

by [a former member] at 2006-09-16 16:28:14 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Milan , Italy | Bookmark | | Report spam→

sounds a bit dodgy to me mate. not recommended

by | 16 Sep 2006 20:09 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
I think they’d probably freak out and ask you about 1 million questions, but in the end it probably wouldnt be a big deal…then again it might be kinda uncomfortable in a little airplane seat.

check this out:

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=123549

’staluego,
DOM

by Dominic Bracco II | 16 Sep 2006 22:09 | DFW, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
Not likely to be a problem from past experience because (although this is from the pre 09/11 days) plenty of people who were taking trips to the then dodgy parts of Eastern Europe used to wear them on board with nary a murmur from the airport goons.

I have gone through airports wearing biker jackets with kevlar sides in them and it used to excite the goons because the scanner couldn’t read it, so you should just let them know before it goes through. Expect an inspection.

by Mikethehack | 16 Sep 2006 23:09 | Cloud Cuckoo Land, Holy See | | Report spam→
YO GUY!

I wore the whole thing…. Vest, plates, and even helmet to IRAQ stateside to London… In London Heathrow the shit a brick… Caused huge problems… But as long as I carried the vest through the airport it was cool to put the gear on and walk on the plane…
So yes good idea… Yes it can be done… Have fun… you is gonna get some crazy looks… I did!

mark

by Mark Allen Johnson | 20 Sep 2006 21:09 | Denver, CO, United States | | Report spam→
YO GUY!

I wore the whole thing…. Vest, plates, and even helmet to IRAQ stateside to London… In London Heathrow the shit a brick… Caused huge problems… But as long as I carried the vest through the airport it was cool to put the gear on and walk on the plane…
So yes good idea… Yes it can be done… Have fun… you is gonna get some crazy looks… I did!

mark

by Mark Allen Johnson | 20 Sep 2006 21:09 | Denver, CO, United States | | Report spam→
thanks mates. ill try it out and let you guys know how it goes.
cheers lightstalers.

mark, if you wore a dirty kevlar and a body armor through heathrow, well, then you re my god mate.

by [former member] | 20 Sep 2006 22:09 | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
why not just check it in?

by [former member] | 20 Sep 2006 23:09 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→
Guy, ciao:
I had not problems traveling around Europe with my helmet and bullet proof. No extra charges.

Omerta!!

by [former member] | 21 Sep 2006 03:09 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Guy, ciao:
I had not problems traveling around Europe with my helmet and bullet proof. No extra charges.

Omerta!!

by [former member] | 21 Sep 2006 03:09 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Alan, i usually check it in no problems but this time i need to carry it down to ethiopia after sri lanka ( i will be based in ethiopia, ergo need the armor there for iraq and stuff ). im way over the 20kgs of baggage all. so im just trying to find ways to carry more stuff.

by [former member] | 21 Sep 2006 08:09 | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
Alan, i usually check it in no problems but this time i need to carry it down to ethiopia after sri lanka ( i will be based in ethiopia, ergo need the armor there for iraq and stuff ). im way over the 20kgs of baggage all. so im just trying to find ways to carry more stuff.

by [former member] | 21 Sep 2006 08:09 | Milan, Italy | | Report spam→
I have done that a couple of times.

Flying to Amman, Jordan via London; No time loss in regards to Kevlar vest

Flying to Tel Aviv, via Amsterdam; 1h30m time loss at Tel Aviv (Main problem was the Mk6 helmet)

Crossing the boarder from Jordan in to Israel; 40m time loss at the boarder –
some inquiries, all done somewhat politely and I got a free soda out of it.
“I promise, I am not here to fight for any terrorist forces or rebel forces. And nope, sorry, can’t recite my passport number”

Crossing the boarder from Israel in to Jordan; 1h30m time loss – main problem seemed to be the helmet; had to take photos of the guys working there

Flying to Kuwait, via Amsterdam; No more then 10-15 mins time loss. “No Sir, I am a photographer.. No soldier”

Flying to Afghanistan, via Sharjah; 5m time loss, got an extra stamp in the passport apparently saying (can’t read what it says myself) that i had a kevlar helmet and jacket with me when i came in, and i better not leave the country with out said kevlar outfit.

This all was pre-that whole London terror scare mind you all.

by Js | 21 Sep 2006 13:09 | amman, Jordan | | Report spam→
May the Force be with you

by Imants | 22 Sep 2006 09:09 | Ritehereinmeownbakyard, Australia | | Report spam→
i usually have to carry all my shit on with about 30kg extra.
the best thing to do is contact the press people of the flight company you’re using and explain the situation. they should provide you with a letter from the management allowing you an extra 20-30 kg of “professional equipment” (one of the letters i have, says: “professional equipment bag weight not to be taken into account in total” so they don’t even weigh it, and barely check it.
i have a couple of letters like that from different companies, and it’s really helpful. stuff like the vest they keep on the side to be loaded last, unloaded first and i ask them to put a business class sticker on it so they take extra care of it.
don’t fly air-france.
G.

by [former member] | 22 Sep 2006 12:09 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
yeah, Guy. Don’t fly Air France. They were charging me 500 dollar of extra luggage and they losted my bags

by [former member] | 22 Sep 2006 22:09 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
thanks guys.
made it fine carrying on board the vest. and two very heavy carry ons…..
hopefully all of this will end soon, at least for a while. the body armor will stay happily in ethiopia till next time needed.
cheers to all and thanks again

by [former member] | 27 Sep 2006 08:09 | Colombo, Sri Lanka | | Report spam→
I tried tio entry with a normal photojacket and they kick me off to the check in 2 times!!! Up to you. Think in the doggy body guards of LOndon!!

by Delmi Alvarez | 28 Sep 2006 08:09 | Riga, Latvia | | Report spam→

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