View Full Version : Taking GPSr in "carry-on" luggage?



SFTA2010
11-20-2010, 04:02 PM
Has anyone taken a GPSr onto a plane in a carry-on bag recently? I want to take mine when I go to see my grandkids over the holidays. Should I take out the batteries? I don't want to raise any issues that will delay me at the security screening.
I travel light, with only a small carry-on or sometimes a backpack, to avoid a fee for checked luggage, and the hassle of carrying extra stuff.
Thanks, for any feedback, SFTA2010

WhereRWe?
11-20-2010, 04:18 PM
Has anyone taken a GPSr onto a plane in a carry-on bag recently? I want to take mine when I go to see my grandkids over the holidays. Should I take out the batteries? I don't want to raise any issues that will delay me at the security screening.
I travel light, with only a small carry-on or sometimes a backpack, to avoid a fee for checked luggage, and the hassle of carrying extra stuff.
Thanks, for any feedback, SFTA2010

I took mine with me when I went to Hawaii last year - and to Europe the year before. Just put it in the bin like any other carry on. No problems at all.

And it was really great using the GPSr to follow the route across country! Be sure and take it with you - and use it! LOL!

cano
11-20-2010, 04:57 PM
Has anyone taken a GPSr onto a plane in a carry-on bag recently? I want to take mine when I go to see my grandkids over the holidays. Should I take out the batteries? I don't want to raise any issues that will delay me at the security screening.
I travel light, with only a small carry-on or sometimes a backpack, to avoid a fee for checked luggage, and the hassle of carrying extra stuff.
Thanks, for any feedback, SFTA2010

I always take two with me, but have no signal in a plane. Just take your laptop off the bag before x-ray. Also batteries must be in the original manufacturer packaging (no custom made battery packs) and I think you can't take them in checked in baggage, must take with you in carry on.

hollora
11-20-2010, 05:49 PM
Have never had a problem but the last time was a year ago. Took my netbook in a clamshell case and never even had to take it out of the case (just open it up and flip the cover back). The GPSr was no issue and I had 2 in my very large carry on purse (fanny pack) which fits under the seat.

Don't leave your tools for fun behind. Loose batteries are more dangerous than in something.

Haffy
11-20-2010, 06:47 PM
I've never had a problem with carrying the GPS on the plane. Each airline has there own protocol regarding carrying GPS's so if you have any doubt just check out the individual airline beforehand. I loved the last time I traveled by air. I held the GPS at the window and tracked my flight at 33,000 feet. That's looks pretty cool on the altimeter and also traveling at 530 mph that was cool as well. I asked the stewardess if she minded and we struck up a conversation for a minute and she really was impressed with the accuracy. I think I might have generated some interest for her as well regarding geocaching. She said she travels all over the country and would love to do something in between stops when she had time to spare.

EMSDanel
11-20-2010, 07:32 PM
Ditto the other responses. I've taken my GPS several times on a plane (all in the U.S.) with no problem. I put it in the bin with my watch, pocket change, etc.

JFamilySebec
11-21-2010, 12:35 AM
Yep, no problems here either. I asked before hand if it needed to go in the bin and they said it "wasn't big enough" so it could stay in my carry on. Now the portable DVD player was another story - that had to come out of it's case like a laptop. No problems with either though.

SFTA2010
11-21-2010, 06:32 PM
Thank you all! I wish I owned a laptop, but I don't. At least I have a GPS!
By the way, EMSDanl- I visited your GEOrge cache Friday. I wasn't sure what to do, but I was very careful not to sign anything or leave anything after all your cautions about not logging there. I haven't logged this one on Geocaching either, since there was no way to mark the spot for verification. There were a couple of people there and one said, "Oh, I know what you are up to!" and I said, "You probably know better than I do."

WhereRWe?
11-21-2010, 06:59 PM
Thank you all! I wish I owned a laptop, but I don't. At least I have a GPS!


A netbook computer can be very useful when geocaching - and a lot cheaper than a laptop. Here's an example (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-7-Mini-Netbook-Laptop-Notebook-WIFI-Windows-2GB-HD-/270570318029?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item3eff3f68cd). VERY basic, but still a handy toy. :D:D

cano
11-21-2010, 07:15 PM
A netbook computer can be very useful when geocaching - and a lot cheaper than a laptop. Here's an example (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-7-Mini-Netbook-Laptop-Notebook-WIFI-Windows-2GB-HD-/270570318029?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item3eff3f68cd). VERY basic, but still a handy toy. :D:D

Except that one is running on Windows CE and is useless for geocaching or anything else :P

WhereRWe?
11-21-2010, 07:48 PM
Except that one is running on Windows CE and is useless for geocaching or anything else :P

Sheesh! You're right, but I just grabbed a netbook at random as an example - certainly not making any recommendations. :D:D

brdad
11-21-2010, 10:07 PM
Regarding batteries - you should have some in your devices in case they ask you to turn it on to prove it is what it is. They made me do that with my camera once and the batteries were dead. Luckily I had a spare set, swapped them out and turned it on, and they took the dead ones.

pm28570
11-22-2010, 10:34 AM
Has anyone taken a GPSr onto a plane in a carry-on bag recently? I want to take mine when I go to see my grandkids over the holidays. Should I take out the batteries? I don't want to raise any issues that will delay me at the security screening.
I travel light, with only a small carry-on or sometimes a backpack, to avoid a fee for checked luggage, and the hassle of carrying extra stuff.
Thanks, for any feedback, SFTA2010
Something else to consider, depending on where you are going, is to "tell" the GPSr where you are. Makes locking in on the Sats quicker.

Sudonim
11-22-2010, 10:44 AM
I've never had a problem with carrying the GPS on the plane. Each airline has there own protocol regarding carrying GPS's so if you have any doubt just check out the individual airline beforehand. I loved the last time I traveled by air. I held the GPS at the window and tracked my flight at 33,000 feet. That's looks pretty cool on the altimeter and also traveling at 530 mph that was cool as well. I asked the stewardess if she minded and we struck up a conversation for a minute and she really was impressed with the accuracy. I think I might have generated some interest for her as well regarding geocaching. She said she travels all over the country and would love to do something in between stops when she had time to spare.

The last few years, I've had my GPSr on every flight, fun to track. Keep in mind that most (or all, not sure) GPS units use pressure altitude, so it shows the "apparent" altitude in the cabin, not your actual altitude. Mine usually levels out around 6500-7000' even when we are over 30000 feet. You can still tell when you start to descend as they start adjusting the cabin pressure to line up with ground elevation.