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gerritt



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:19 pm    Post subject: Windsurfing Harness as Carry On? Reply with quote

Has anyone brought a windsurfing harness as a carry on to Maui from SFO? Did TSA pull it claiming it could be used as a weapon? I'd rather not check it and pay for it twice. Yes, I know they rent them along with gear, but I want my own. They don't rent mine and my back likes mine.

Its not listed on the TSA website. I've already written them.

Answers about your personal experience before this Sunday are appreciated.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wear it, and it doesn't even count as carry-on.

I lined up at the Albuquerque, NM airport check-in counter wearing only board shorts and a harness. The funny looks I got were mainly because of the fresh and still-falling foot of snow on the ground. Next stops: LA and Maui.
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gerritt



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally completed the install to Facebook. I have been assimilated. Now that I am part of the hive mind, fake news, and all the other mayhem, I have the official TSA reply:

All Good!

I will wear my harness around my shoulder bag while traveling. I think it makes a better fashion statement that way. To each his own.
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windward1



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Isobars,

You wrote:

"I lined up at the Albuquerque, NM airport check-in counter wearing only board shorts and a harness."

No shirt, no shoes, no problem?

W1
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prevett



Joined: 25 Jun 1997
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have taken a windsurfing harness (w/ Reactor Bar attached) in my carry-on bag successfully on domestic flights to Maui, LA, and Boston with no problems. Well, except the one time I left my safety knife in my harness back pocket, and I got pulled aside by the TSA guys. I explained my way out of it, but I had to leave the knife at the airport.

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windsrf



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many trips to Vela/Baja. Usually try to carry essential gear in small backpack so I can sail immediately upon arrival even if main luggage lost/delayed. That includes harness, boardshorts, booties, helmet, etc. First time I took WS magazine along to show authorities what a harness is used for, just in case. Never a problem (knock on wood).
David
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

windward1 wrote:
No shirt, no shoes, no problem?


Well, I DID change back into street clothes before boarding.

Did the same thing on Grand Cayman and Maui, simply because I was still wet from the ocean.

Mind you, this was prior to the whole concept of security checks.
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