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MarcusH

US electronics flight ban and the implications for Nerf

I've been casually leafing through the rules and am slightly confused... Is it anything that's even hold packed that has to be charged. So if I was hyperthetically bringing a Demolisher back from the US would they take it off me?
OldNoob

I would think so, especially if you left the batteries in. You may be able to declare it on their side and have it cleared at check in. Kev will be able to tell you for sure as he has a special blaster suitcase for US trips!
Good case for only bringing springers!
MarcusH

OldNoob wrote:
I would think so, especially if you left the batteries in. You may be able to declare it on their side and have it cleared at check in. Kev will be able to tell you for sure as he has a special blaster suitcase for US trips!
Good case for only bringing springers!


A tactical suitcase! *notes down for Mike*

But yes it does raise the question of it you have brought something in the duty free after security what on earth they can do about it?
OldNoob

Take it off you or send you to Gitmo for a mind probe?
UKNerfWar

As far as I'm aware it's only equipment with built in batteries that they're twitchy about now. Phones and tablets mainly.

I've never had problems in the past but with the new heightened security it does make you wonder.
MarcusH

UKNerfWar wrote:
As far as I'm aware it's only equipment with built in batteries that they're twitchy about now. Phones and tablets mainly.

I've never had problems in the past but with the new heightened security it does make you wonder.


Its an interesting one as to what the boundaries are - I flew out of Gatwick end of May and had to put my phone inside my backpack to get it through security . Not sure if this is for security reasons or just to stop people stealing your phone. I also carry one of those external Powerbank type batteries for charging bits and bobs or if my phone runs out on the plane after too much Plants vs Zombies.

It doesn't quite make sense that you can buy uncharged electricals the other side of security....
SSGT

Most new electronic stuff has enough charge in it's battery to turn on and be used for an hour or so. Still a bit of a pain getting it out of a brand new sealed box. Razz
rob.payne5236

They have completly banned anything with a flat out of power battery to be moved in and out on flight for some reason .
Boff

Discharged lithium cells can become unstable, break down and cause fires. This is why you don't asymmetrically or over-discharge lithium batteries. It could destroy your Nerf blaster or it could bring down an aircraft. Smile
UKNerfWar

I think the fear is of people removing the battery from such devices and replacing it with explos... something else.

Whilst lithium cells can be temperamental when completely discharged, they are far to unpredictable to be used as an effective bom... device. Besides, if this was indeed the fear they would be insisting everything electronic was checked inside a sealed fire bag.
fortheboy

My take on the news is that it's stuff with a built in battery. Apparently a talented modder is able to replace the battery contents and make a viable explosive, you wouldn't want something the size of an iPhone battery going bang on you in a pressurised metal tube at thirty thousand feet.
SSGT

It's not just the battery. My guess is they want you to prove it will switch on because you could just as easily replace ALL the electronics inside with explosives or, at the very least, multiple components with similarly shaped explosive charges to evade X-ray detection. A laptop sized explosive going bang in an aeroplane is very worrying.

If it switches on at pretty much all of components are intact and therefore safe.
OldNoob

If we all worried about this stuff everyone would end up flying naked with no bloody luggage at all! You are still far more likely to be killed by a car than an act of terrorism.
I would love to turn on a fully modded blaster and prove it worked, right in the middle of airport security!
It doesn't take very much of an explosion to cause depressurisation, think about it, you basically have a very thin aluminium skin between you and a big drop. A battery sized bit of explosive or a self oxidising fire, put in the right place, is going to put that aircraft at significant risk. They said the shoe bomb numpty could have downed a plane, as well as just blowing his feet off.
UKNerfWar

Somewhere on a highly secure government server, BritNerf.co.uk has just had a little red flag placed next to it.
OldNoob

Hi GCHQ employees. You really should have Nerf in the office, it's great for winding down after a long shift eavesdropping on paranoid lunatics.....
Oh yeah and don't forget there's this great forum you can go to for advice, parts, silly modifications and hardly any paranoid nutters. Bye, I am off to my post apocalyptic bunker house to hide from black helicopters in my tinfoil lead lined suit.
Boff

OldNoob wrote:
Oh yeah and don't forget there's this great forum you can go to for advice, parts, silly modifications and hardly any paranoid nutters.


And this wonderful company just down the road from you that makes wonderful tactical gear for aforementioned Nerf blasters... Very Happy
rob.payne5236

Wait hold up ... So you're saying to test if its safe they just turn it on in airport secruity. Therefore blowing themselves up? Well played customs.

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