Tank confiscation in airport

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  1. rothenbj

    rothenbj Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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
     
  2. cmknight

    cmknight Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    As far as I know, if it's less than 60 ml, they can't do that ... can they?
     
  3. rothenbj

    rothenbj Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  4. Harlen

    Harlen Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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
     
  5. DaveP

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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.
     
  6. rothenbj

    rothenbj Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  7. rothenbj

    rothenbj Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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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.
     
  8. DaveP

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    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.
     
  9. SimianSteam

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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.
     
  10. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    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.
     
  11. Izan

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    The Evo is an oval shaped device with an integrated tank. Correct?
    Rebranded Ovale E-lips
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    Many are used for the vaporization of "things" that must not be discussed here.

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  12. WillyZee

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    the guy probably has a booth at his local flea market on the weekends ... where he stocks an impressive line of confiscated items :blink:
     
  13. SimianSteam

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    I've flown a half-dozen times in the past couple of months. I've been consistently shocked that no TSA agent has ever even blinked at the mods in my carry on. Things like Zmax V3s, MVPs, multiple bottles of juice...
     
  14. DaveP

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    I think it depends largely on the experience and the knowledge of the guy who looks at it. If you get a new agent, he's going to be suspicious of everything and wanting to impress his/her boss.

    Before the liquid rules were made sensible, I used to put shampoo and other toiletries into those blank bottles you buy for that purpose. After having them confiscated a few times, I started buying samples at the drugstore. I guess if you put an unknown liquid into a retail bottle and the color matches, you're good with them.
     
  15. emus

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    A vitamin can look like a party pill but I don't think they make you dump them?
     
  16. rothenbj

    rothenbj Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Izan, that's exactly the battery he had. I don't know how you could vape that thing (that's legal in 20 states now) with it.
     
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    You might not know how...but it IS used and obviously the "mall guard" knew it too.

    Did you google "cloud pe n? or @tmos Therm0? SAME DEVICE....
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    'nough said. Dont EVEN get me started on this one. That's why I fly corporate, just one day dealing with these butt clowns as a pilot will be lesson enough. "You're going to take MY bottle of water? Oh really? ":evil:
     
  19. house mouse

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    There's no consistency with them and it's just whatever they feel like doing when you go through. I flew out of Nashville a couple of months ago and the two REOs I was carrying in my bag threw them into spasms. Bag swabbed, ran through screening again, questioned about what they were, etc. Flying back from Orlando they didn't bat an eye at them. Both times the bottles in the mods had juice in them and they didn't give a squat about that either time.
     
  20. Xobeloot

    Xobeloot Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Interesting. I just flew NY -> ATL -> FL -> ATL -> Costa Rica -> ATL -> NY....

    Was carrying my Reo Grand the whole time. I got stopped in NY (Syracuse) on the very first checkpoint and they asked what it was. I explained it (and I run an 8ml onboard juice bottle). They swabbed it for explosives, then dripped some of the juice on a drug test swab and handed it back to me.

    International customs, return customs, etc didn't even look twice!

    Bummer for your buddy
     
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