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Scanner on a plane

Postby AndyB63GB » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:29 pm

New to this forum so apologies if it been covered before, although I cant find anything.

What is the law/protocol/advice about taking a scanner on a plane. I have taken it on holiday before but in hold luggage with no problem at all but I'm going on a long weekend, 3 hour flight with Easyjet with hand luggage only.

Any thoughts? Thanks
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Re: Scanner on a plane

Postby m0lsx » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:15 pm

I believe you find that it's not acceptable to use a scanner onboard. Not that it should do any harm at all. However having said that some fools choose to describe a transceiver as a scanner, so maybe it's not as stupid as it seems to ban scanners from use onboard aircraft.
There are however receivers designed to be used onboard aircraft, but I do not think they hear anything but the very strongest of signals.

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Re: Scanner on a plane

Postby A N Tenner » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:50 pm

AndyB63GB wrote:New to this forum so apologies if it been covered before, although I cant find anything.

What is the law/protocol/advice about taking a scanner on a plane. I have taken it on holiday before but in hold luggage with no problem at all but I'm going on a long weekend, 3 hour flight with Easyjet with hand luggage only.

Any thoughts? Thanks


m0lsx wrote:I believe you find that it's not acceptable to use a scanner onboard. Not that it should do any harm at all. However having said that some fools choose to describe a transceiver as a scanner, so maybe it's not as stupid as it seems to ban scanners from use onboard aircraft.
There are however receivers designed to be used onboard aircraft, but I do not think they hear anything but the very strongest of signals.


I suppose technically people take FM radios et. al. on, as long as they can be switched on to prove they work...

They only receive and don't transmit anything... Trouble would be explaining to them that this is the case! It's a risk you take and they may ask you to leave it behind, is the potential hassle of getting it back once you're back in Blighty worth it?

Alternatively why not go the whole hog and try to take travel-sized bottle of shower gel with you? Strangeways isn't so bad these days. :thumbup:
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Re: Scanner on a plane

Postby AndyB63GB » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:36 pm

I guess I'm not really asking about taking in with me, more about getting it through security / passport control etc as I will be taking it through with hand luggage. I didn't intend using it during the flight.
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Re: Scanner on a plane

Postby m0lsx » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:05 pm

Taking any radio that covers anything but the broadcast bands into some countries is a big problem. As a radio amateur I would take a transceiver together with a copy of my licence, but I would be vary cautious about what I did take with me.
Even for a domestic flight or one within Europe I can see customs being suspicious.
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