taking metal detector on the plane
i am going abroad and i intend to take the detector with me.do i have to put it in the checked baggage or in my hand luggage?i saw li-ion battery are not allowed.
I have just got back from Thailand OZ and Hong Kong I took my SE with me I put the stem in my checked in an control box with battery pack out but in same bag head phones and coil in hand luggage had no problems apart from them having a close look at the scanner at every airport 7 flights :thumbs:
You don't say which country you are visiting, some are very touchy about metal detecting and assume you intend to plunder their heritage!
I regularly take amateur radio equipment on aircraft and put the valuable items in hand luggage, hold luggage is thrown around and more likely to be lost or broken into by baggage handlers. I do take the precaution of carrying a licence for the country I am visiting and receipts, etc. I have never had any issue with airports or airlines in USA, UK, Spain or Portugal... Not even a query as to what the electronic items were in the bag.
On one occasion I took a lot of photographic equipment to Mexico, I had taken the precaution of writing to the Mexican Consulate in London asking permission to take the gear into Mexico... Several other photographers in the group didn't bother and had a lot of hassle at the Mexican airport, I got a handshake and walked through after showing the letter from the Consulate.
Bottom line is don't assume anything and take any necessary permits and paperwork (including a receipt for the detector).