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I am going to Reaper Con again this year and would like to bring my WW2 aircraft with me for gaming. The problem is that I have them all glued to small neodymium magnets for easy mounting on flight stands. My concern is that magnets or on the no fly list, presumably because they might interfer with instruments. Searching reveals that some people have been refused during security and others have not. I have literally hundreds of hours invested in the models and don't want to risk having to leave them in security.

 

So the question to any of you who travel with miniatures more than I do, is it possible to get items pre approved and if so, how? Where? Is there an international authority? Because I will be traveling in denmark, the UK and the US, so permission in just one of those places might not be enough.

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http://www.intemag.com/shipping_magnets_by_air.html

 

http://my.execpc.com/~rhoadley/magshield.htm

 

http://www.kjmagnetics.com/blog.asp?p=shipping

 

Do you have a steel carrying case for your airplanes?

Safer to Fedex them ahead and Fedex them home?

 

 

ETA: Could each be covered for transport with ferrous metal so that there is no detectable magnetic field? Like putting washers over them to shield them?

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All I can tell you is that many of the boxes used to transport competition pieces to and from the conventions often use magnets. I have had a couple of miniatures with magnets in them that came right through security without a problem. However, that doesn't mean it was legal either.

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I'm not sure how many you are talking about, but I fly weekly for work, and I have about a dozen or so small neodymium magnets in my laptop bag associated with various gadgets (e.g. iPad smart cover, power cables) and I have *never* heard a word about it from TSA.

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as long as it goes through the scanner and not on your person, I have not had an issue with it.  However, the one time I left my cell phone hip holster on my belt, the guy chewed me a new one, and I got plenty of dirty stares from folks behind me as they had to recalibrate the machine before I could go through again.

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