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Is TSA seizing $145 "Nuke Alerts"? Can they be carried on?

Is TSA seizing $145 "Nuke Alerts"? Can they be carried on?

Old Oct 16, 06, 9:09 pm
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Is TSA seizing $145 "Nuke Alerts"? Can they be carried on?

This thing goes with me everywhere, but since I paid $145 for it, I damned sure don't want some smart aleck screener seizing it and throwing it in the trash. I see nothing in the rules one way or another about such things.
http://www.nukalert.com/
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Old Oct 16, 06, 9:32 pm
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You should be fine, I doubt they'll confiscate it. However I do question why you have it in the first place?? North Korea trips coming up?
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Old Oct 16, 06, 10:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Travellin' Fool
North Korea trips coming up?


Maybe a trip to Yucca Mountain?
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Old Oct 16, 06, 10:23 pm
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After reading the description - how are you able to comply with the turn off all electrical devices?
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Old Oct 16, 06, 10:33 pm
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Am I the only one thinking that this is an advertisment?
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Old Oct 16, 06, 10:36 pm
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Originally Posted by skAAtinsteph
After reading the description - how are you able to comply with the turn off all electrical devices?
The requirement as quoted by many airlines is to turn off "anything with an on/off switch." Clearly alarm clocks and watches are not turned off, and neither is this thing.

I have on occasion considered removing the on-off switch from various electronic accessories to avoid this problem.

If the OP is concerned about confiscation by rogue TSAers (a reasonable fear given experiences posted on FT), I'd consider fashioning a cover for the radiation symbol emblazened on one side of the Nukalert; minus that symbol it looks like any old key fob. And of course toss it inside your carry-on, not in an open-air pocket luggage bin which invites looks and questions.

While the has been a single report on FT of "exotic" car keys being confiscated, I recall no reports of electronic key fobs being confiscated on domestic USA flights.
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Old Oct 17, 06, 12:47 am
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I can't imagine this would be a problem. If anything, you can tell them that you're doing your part looking for radiological dispersal devices on aircraft.
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Old Oct 17, 06, 10:05 am
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Am I the only one thinking that this is an advertisment?
Maybe not, but I'm surprised that anyone umm... concerned enough to carry a personal geiger counter would even think about questioning the wisdom of the DHS/TSA

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Old Oct 17, 06, 10:21 am
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Maybe not, but I'm surprised that anyone umm... concerned enough to carry a personal geiger counter would even think about questoning the wisdom of the DHS/TSA
Agreed--anyone who has a realisitc risk will have radiation badges that are more accurate than this thing.

And it's a little silly besides--what's the point of a personal radiation alarm that can take 10x the radiation that will kill the person carrying it?
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Old Oct 17, 06, 12:06 pm
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Still sounds like a sales pitch to me... Interestingly enough, their web site says tested by NAWC, but the test was ONLY for EMP, not detection... Buyer beware...
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Old Oct 17, 06, 2:22 pm
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What would you do if you were walking down the street and it started to go off?

(genuine q)
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Old Oct 17, 06, 2:40 pm
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What would you do if you were walking down the street and it started to go off?

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Well the first thing to do would be to go inside.
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Old Oct 17, 06, 2:43 pm
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Well the first thing to do would be to go inside.
Because we all know that radiation cannot enter buildings...
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Old Oct 17, 06, 2:48 pm
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Because we all know that radiation cannot enter buildings...
Right - you're much better off inside where the walls will stop some or all of the radiation (depending on the type and strength) and you're much less likely to inhale radioactive particles.
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Old Oct 17, 06, 3:01 pm
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Right - you're much better off inside where the walls will stop some or all of the radiation (depending on the type and strength) and you're much less likely to inhale radioactive particles.
Especially if you seal up your windows with duct tape and plastic!
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