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You think I can take a 4 bay antenna on board SouthWest airlines?

Gary350
03-04-2012, 11:26 AM
I am traveling to the Phoenix area for 3 weeks. My relatives live only 15 miles from 37 TV stations all located on top of South Mountain. They are still using a 35 year old TV antenna that picks up only 6 channels.

The dissambled 4 bay antenna will not fit in my 10" x 16" x 24" suit case. I wonder if I would be allowed to take an antenna onboard. Online informations says, I can check 2 suit cases and 1 carry on bag.

Don_M
03-04-2012, 04:36 PM
What gets carried on board an aircraft has to pass muster with the TSA, not the airline. My money is on "don't do it," because a screener is almost certain to look at those bowties, think "eight makeshift hand-held weapons," and give you a choice: Check the antenna like luggage, or watch it get confiscated. So, swaddle the bowties in some bubble wrap, seal the antenna inside a box, label the box with your name, home address and telephone number, and check it at the SWA ticket counter. Best of all, it won't cost anything more than a little time standing on line.

Gary350
03-04-2012, 07:38 PM
What gets carried on board an aircraft has to pass muster with the TSA, not the airline. My money is on "don't do it," because a screener is almost certain to look at those bowties, think "eight makeshift hand-held weapons," and give you a choice: Check the antenna like luggage, or watch it get confiscated. So, swaddle the bowties in some bubble wrap, seal the antenna inside a box, label the box with your name, home address and telephone number, and check it at the SWA ticket counter. Best of all, it won't cost anything more than a little time standing on line.

I just realized I can check 2 bags but I only have 1 bag. I was thinking maybe pick up another suit case at goodwill or the thrift shop large enough for the 24"x 36" antenna or a cardboard box. I have not traveled on an airplane in 2 years I don't know the size limit and I think all suit cases get searched too. But I really don't know. Wonder if I can take it in a suit case.

stereocraig
03-05-2012, 06:17 AM
Or, you could ship it USPS and avoid the hassle.
It shouldn't cost more than 15.00.

DO NOT use UPS. They have smashed many packages of mine and do not like to honor the insurance.

RBTO
03-05-2012, 11:30 AM
If it one of those remote sites that is not visited by the UPS or Post Office, you could be out of luck yet.
Preapproval is the key, and if you're near your airport before you leave, check with the airline and they will most likely set you up with a carry-on or ship-along option. They are the experts when it comes to taking something with you, and can advise on what works best. You might get a bit of a run-around, but they should be able to refer you to the local TSA for an answer if they don't have one themselves.

projectsho89
03-05-2012, 05:05 PM
Why don't you just buy them a new antenna and have it drop shipped there...

A 4-bay antenna isn't a good choice for Phoenix, anyway. You also need VHF reception capability. A small 7-51 o 7-69 antenna is all they should need.

BrianO
03-05-2012, 05:17 PM
Why don't you just buy them a new antenna and have it drop shipped there...



I believe it is one of Gary's rugged home-built 4-Bay antennas that he wants to bring with him.

Gary350
03-05-2012, 09:41 PM
I believe it is one of Gary's rugged home-built 4-Bay antennas that he wants to bring with him.

I built the 4 bay antenna today the whole thing in kit form measures 3"x5"x15". After it is assembled the 4 bay antenna is 24"x35". Bow ties are 9.5" apart, 22" tip to tip, bow tie tips are 5" apart.

The cheapest 4 bay I can find for sale is about $60 with postage. The one I built today cost me $9 with the balum.

Goodwill has a $1.75 suit case, Wed is Senior discount day 30% discount.

I will mark the antenna kit as, TV antenna kit, inside the suit case so morons will know it is not an atomic bomb.

projectsho89
03-06-2012, 05:52 AM
Ah, that makes sense.

Good luck convincing the morons about the atomic weapon....