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    A friend of mine had his tank confiscated from his e cig by TSA. I forgot to ask where, but I believe it was probably in Fla. on his trip back to PA. He had his Evo in his pocket when he go to the scanning station, put it with the stuff going thru the scanner, and was pulled aside by the TSA folks. He explained what it was but they said the fluid could not be verified. They left him keep the battery, but took the tank. Just an FYI
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    As far as I know, if it's less than 60 ml, they can't do that ... can they?
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    He showed me the Evo battery, it was one of those shorty jobs. I don't think he had much of a tank on it. I never heard of such a thing. It could have been an isolated incident, but it's something to think about. I'd be a bit upset if they took my iClear 30. I have a preference for that model these days.
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    Your friend may be telling you a story .
    I fly a lot down to Florida and back and never had a problem . Or he did something to make them mad at him lol
    But you never know what the rules are on any given day

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    TSA agents are Rambo types at time. Maybe he wanted a new tank and liked yours.

    I generally have a carto on my battery when I fly. Never had a problem, but I don't see why they didn't just let you vape it in front of them to prove it was safe. The battery is much more dangerous than the liquid in the tank.

    And I only smoked 6 a day for two years before that.

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    No, he was being straight with me. As I said, it might have been a one off, a TSA guy that was an ANTZ, who knows. You give some guys a little authority and they think they rule the world. Personally, I would have asked for his supervisor, but I'm not a 20 something kid.
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    BTW as an aside, My pool team was headed to AZ out of Philly some six years ago. We got stopped at security because the guy I was with had a wide belt with two six shooters on it. They said he had to put the belt in his luggage bor throw it away because of those pistols. He thought they were kidding, but realized they were dead serious. The FAA had some regulation about reproduction guns. We were incredulous. Fortunately his luggage was still in the staging area so he kept the belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rothenbj View Post
    No, he was being straight with me. As I said, it might have been a one off, a TSA guy that was an ANTZ, who knows. You give some guys a little authority and they think they rule the world. Personally, I would have asked for his supervisor, but I'm not a 20 something kid.
    Years ago when the TSA was first being formed, I flew into Dulles and headed out to the smoking area while waiting for my luggage. There was a group of guys on break there with TSA T-shirts on who were obviously going through an orientation class and discussing what they had learned that day in class. It was amusing how gung ho they were about their new found authority. Most of the conversation centered around what they could and couldn't do to the passengers. Some seemed to be looking forward to taking down a couple of passengers.

    It was like standing outside a Karate studio and listening to the white belts brag about how bad they are.
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    I had something similar happen at a Braves game once. At first they were trying to make me throw out my entire mod (don't remember what it was but based on the my vaping timeline it was probably a $100+ metal tube), but I made them get management. Eventually they made me empty my carto tank... but didn't consider that I had a full 30ml bottle in my pocket. Happily vaped by the Smoking Area several times after that with no problems.

    The obvious solution is to make sure all tanks are empty before approaching any security checkpoints anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimianSteam View Post
    I had something similar happen at a Braves game once. At first they were trying to make me throw out my entire mod (don't remember what it was but based on the my vaping timeline it was probably a $100+ metal tube), but I made them get management. Eventually they made me empty my carto tank... but didn't consider that I had a full 30ml bottle in my pocket. Happily vaped by the Smoking Area several times after that with no problems.

    The obvious solution is to make sure all tanks are empty before approaching any security checkpoints anywhere.
    That's why I fly with a carto installed. If they take it away, I'm out $1 and there's more in my laptop bag. I'm sure those look funny on the xray, though.
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