View Full Version : flying with combat robots

07-08-2008, 06:25 PM
Given that RoboGames will be on the opposite end of the country from me, I'm concerned about being able to fly with a mean-looking mech. Surely folks have dealt with this issue before. Someone please enlighten me. :confused:

07-08-2008, 06:27 PM
First of all I insist you do not power it up for the security checkpoint and show them what it's built for...

No but seriously, I would suggest probably packing it VERY well (Trossen did an awesome job with all their bots, unpacking them was like unwrapping a mummy) and shipping it off beforehand. I'm pretty sure you could work something out with the event organizers as to where you can ship it.

07-08-2008, 06:42 PM
I would also be willing to receive, unpack, check/confirm, and make ready 'bots for regulars here on the forum. I live a couple hours from Robogames. I have a ~300sq-ft lab, 400 sq-ft pseudo shop, and about 1500sq-ft of climate controlled storage. Just as a favor for fellow community members.

07-08-2008, 06:51 PM
First of all I insist you do not power it up for the security checkpoint and show them what it's built for...


Famous last words:
"And here's my autonomous color-assault mode!"

I'm pretty sure you could work something out with the event organizers as to where you can ship it.

Thanks, I would be interested in learning more about that option. It'would be a little scary sending it off like that though... :(

07-08-2008, 09:26 PM
I fly with my robonovas all the time.

Get an aluminum case and check it as baggage. Let them know you have a gun in your checked baggage.

It will arrive on time, and perfectly handled (due to the gun, not the robot.) No BS. You can fly with real guns as checked bags. They are handled very, very well.

07-08-2008, 10:04 PM
Thanks for the replies. I guess this will be a bigger concern when I have a robot and a plane ticket. :p

07-08-2008, 11:50 PM
Just a note, my cousin just go arrested for trying to take an airsoft gun onto a plane. He forgot it was in his bag.

Make sure you check the gun!

He is in a world of hurt right now...course he is a class "A" moron, so I'm ROFLMAO


07-09-2008, 12:26 AM
"Sorry - I just forgot I had an Uzi in my carry-on. Oh - and I didn't really 'mean anything by' painting the orange muzzle black with a Sharpie" [Snicker]

07-09-2008, 02:04 AM
A few years ago I was late trying to catch a flight at LAX, (stupid traffic), and ran through the airport, security, and got to the gate with a minute to spare then they said the flight will be delayed. So I reached back to see if I have enough money to buy one of those really inexpensive airport beers and noticed I still have my big monster Gerber multi-tool on my hip. Solid Steel and not a beep from the metal detectors.

Then again, when I went down to SF for a robot contest with some mini sumos, I got the 3rd and 4th degree from security both ways about these robots. I carried them on.

Thanks Dave for the pointer about checking them, and saying that they are gun. Haven't thought about that one before.


07-09-2008, 02:15 AM
We had to rush some RAID arrays betwixt datacenters and hand carried them. No way you're checking customer data with the monkeyboys handling the baggage.

Three of us ended-up spending six hours in a room being interrogated. [roll eyes] The big bad evil raid arrays. I guess they had something against Seagate? [snicker] We'd probably still be there if it hadn't turned out one of the "supervisors" we eventually had come in was someone who used to work for me. They sent him in because they thought he'd understand what we were talking about.

07-09-2008, 05:38 PM
Getting a hard gun case is a good idea, I used to do that with paintball guns all the time. Just find one that your bot fits snugly in.

07-09-2008, 06:53 PM
Pelican all the way.

I bought, years ago, some equipment cases. The guy that makes them I think is named "Scott".. Ummm - JustCases.com - I wonder if he's still around. Outstanding cases. They're both in great shape ten years later and many hundreds of thousands of miles of air travel...

07-16-2008, 02:03 AM
I've gone through international airports, after 911, with crew members off drill rigs. These guys aren't known for hygiene and are guaranteed to have traces of ANFO and other goods ground into their clothes, skin and backpacks. That little machine that they put the swab into never makes a peep. I think its an empty box myself. But they get all worked up over the fact that my laptop wont power up... dead battery after being stuck in the terminal. Once they even got concerned that my bottle of cranberry juice in my backpack was opened. "Could be a corrosive substance..." "blind the pilot..." "explosive..." etc... etc... silliness. Said I had to drink it all or throw it out. So concerned that they missed the pile of exacto blades, protractor, etc in a box beside it ;)

So how do I get a metallic, electronic device with projectile weapons through security? Maybe if I rub ANFO on it they will leave me alone ;)

07-18-2008, 08:14 AM
I was wondering about monitors for the event. I will probably be bringing a nano openbook or something small like that to run my control system. I am wondering if there will be any monitors provided or should I just plan on bringing something big enough for me to actually use.