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 Posted: Mon Aug 13th, 2018 12:30 am
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Mike Crenshaw
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As of now, the only airport that I have ever been through that has shown itself as friendly towards antique fans in carry-on baggage or as carry-on items is Chicago Midway Airport.  Has anyone else gone through such a fan-friendly airport other than Chicago Midway?  If so, I am curious to know which airports other fan collectors have taken fans through.  Carry-on baggage/items, not checked baggage.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 13th, 2018 12:58 am
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I took home a sidewinder as take on luggage leaving from Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport (VPS), Florida two years ago. I took the blade and cage off and put it in my take on suitcase and put the stump in a tool bag I bought at Home depot. They flagged my luggage but after showing them what it was they let me continue on without any grief.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 13th, 2018 02:23 am
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I worked for TSA six years. About anything goes in checked luggage. It will be tested, but cleared. Carry on depends on passenger's attitude, no rush, and patience. Get there two hours before your flight. The fan will be pulled for testing. They may call the Supervisor over. It will help if you have your AFCA badge, or images of the Convention to show him. If the consider it a weapon, it has to be checked. Bill Samek does this every year and has had no trouble.

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Apparently as it appears, one airport that is not friendly towards fans in carry-on baggage or as carry-on items is Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida.

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Carried a Westy Tank in checked luggage from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson to LAX about 5 years ago.  As Steve mentioned, it was flagged and taken out of the luggage.  TSA staff seemed more interested in the fan and its history, but they did their job.  Took about an extra 2 minutes of testing/Q&A.  When I left there were about 15 people standing around admiring and commenting on the fan. 

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Like I said, it all depends on the Supervisor. If he sees it could be used as a weapon, it won’t go. A young man came through with his Hockey Stick. It had to be checked.

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