Everyone’s favourite security agency – the TSA has published advice for those travelling back from the fun that is San Diego Comic Con.
And if you’ve been stocking up on comics, collectables, sonic screwdrivers, and cosplay items – there’s a fair bit to consider.
- Don’t want the TSA to open your collectible? The TSA say “Ship it”. Especially for those of you with that comic with an original seal that if someone even breathes on, the value drops by a ton. We all know the TSA’s record on rifling through bags and opening things (judging by the amount of “your bag has been search”, followed by the amount of tape wrapped around a bag I’ve had in the past).
- Replica Weapons – If you can’t check it, ship it. Replica firearms can be placed in hold luggage, whilst actual firearms must meet TSA packaging guidelines and be declared. Anything that looks like an explosive (for example Exploding Lemons) are prohibited from travel.
- Brochures, Magazines and Comic Books – Those can go in your carry on happily. But separate them into a separate bin, before letting the TSA scan it. It seems security scanners don’t like densely packed bags with paper (as I found out in April this year). In you’re going to pack your precious comics in the hold, the TSA aren’t fans of this, stating “Packing these items in checked bags may cause alarms leading to bag searches that can cause a significant slowdown in the screening process leading to delays and bags possibly missing their flights.”
As you head back from Comic Con, I’d also suggest allowing extra time for the screening process. It’s going to take time to go through.
And you might seriously want to consider buying some hold luggage allowance for some of your items. Or ship items home unless you want the TSA and their grubby fingers over your pristine items.
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