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    I took my hammock in carry-on just two weeks ago into and out of the Dominican Republic, no problems.
    Good luck,
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    I'm here to tell you that they DON'T like it when you fly with your Hammock.

    They keep running into your butt with the drink cart and it cuts off access to the bathroom.
    From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
    William Crane
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    Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
    Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
    Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
    The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
    JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
    TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
    The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrClean417 View Post
    I'm here to tell you that they DON'T like it when you fly with your Hammock.

    They keep running into your butt with the drink cart and it cuts off access to the bathroom.
    Thanks for my first laugh out loud of the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    If your hammock setup becomes an issue, it will happen upon your return.

    I had a drug dog key on me coming back from Canada a couple of years ago. The dog must have been the stoned one because they took my pack apart (I had gone hiking up there) and found nothing. But, down in the dark basement of the Detroit airport, my hammock bag gained significant interest. They actually didn't believe me that it was a hammock and I had to string it up between two big support columns. It was actually kind of a fun event, as I had about half a dozen TSA agents completely distracted by a hammock demo.

    The best part was, even after having my pack stripped down, setting up my hammock, then packing everything back into the backpack....I still beat my traveling buddy through customs.
    Hysterical! That's so awesome. I'd like to think they were first just confused, and then got so intrigued they wanted a demo. Let's just assume there are a handful of TSA hangers out there now because of you!
    "We're the Sultans of Swing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRagFreeze View Post
    Hysterical! That's so awesome. I'd like to think they were first just confused, and then got so intrigued they wanted a demo. Let's just assume there are a handful of TSA hangers out there now because of you!
    All hanging in DIY Hammocks in the basement of the Airport to boot. I can see the conversation after Cannibal left too.

    TSA #1 What was his name again?

    TSA #2 Cannibal

    TSA #3 I thought he said Hannibal, as in Lecter. You know, from "Silence of the Lambs"

    TSA #4 Are you sure?

    TSA #2 I'm pretty sure it was Cannibal, as in some one that eats other people

    TSA #4 That would be a Zombie! You know those undead people that walk really slow and groan a lot

    TSA #5 He didn't exactly look human to me.

    Sorry couldn't resist

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    From the thread title I thought it was about actually IN the plane! I've actually seen this. It was a military Hop flight on a C-17. The load master let one of the special forces guys attach from the inside of the plane to a cargo pallet! He slept the whole 8 hours from Germany to BWI. Some of us were at least smart enough to bring sleeping bags and pads, which are way more comfortable than the jump seats. But to this day I'm jealous of that guy just swaying through the turbulence in his ENO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregray View Post
    1st Thread...
    Traveling to Jamaica after New Year's for 11 days. Here's my question: Will my hammock and straps (ENO) cause any grief with the TSA? Would not want to check them as you can't lock your luggage these days. Any input is appreciated.

    Merry Christmas!
    You can indeed lock your check bags as long as you use TSA approved locks. I lock my underwater camera gear, more to keep the Pelican case from accidently popping open than to prevent entry. I assume that if the TSA has universal keys for the locks, so do the thieves.
    We are now ready to start our way down the Great Unknown.We are three quarters of a mile in the depth of the earth.We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknow river yet to explore.What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls rise over the river, we know not. Ah, well! We may conjecture many things. The men talk as cheerfully as ever; jests are bandied about freely this morning; but to me the cheer is somber and the jests are ghastly. Powell 1869

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottybdiving View Post
    You can indeed lock your check bags as long as you use TSA approved locks. I lock my underwater camera gear, more to keep the Pelican case from accidently popping open than to prevent entry. I assume that if the TSA has universal keys for the locks, so do the thieves.
    There never appear to be many teeth on those keys. I doubt the locks are hard to pick.

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    Good thread...
    Not a bad idea to print out TSA's regulations, I used to do that when I traveled with film. Technically, I had the right to request hand inspections of professional film... They frequently tried to deny that until I handed them a copy of their own paperwork
    http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-informat...ibited-items#5

    If you want to do some heavy reading, an intrepid Google search can find the actual TSA manual.

    Anything strange can get you pulled aside... We hang from trees, some consider that strange. Sometimes I travel with 30lbs of camera gear, that usually lands me in the slow line. I always pack prepared to unpack, and even organize electronics so they don't overlap. If the machine sees everything clearly, they don't have to open your bag to figure out what's in there.
    The best you can to is smile, read off the rules, and be patient for the entire process. After all, you did get to the airport EARLY, right?

    Hammock is 100% ok

    Tent Stakes, technically ok... but don't cry if TSA tosses your titanium goodies. I pack cheap ones if I need them in my carryon. Keep them short and insist that they are Tools (tools under 7 inches are ok). They are also less dangerous than knitting needles, which are permitted items.

    Trekking Poles... depends how lucky you feel. Walking aids are permitted (Dr note can help), Ski Poles are not. This one is up to TSA discretion.
    I've heard of better luck with folding Z poles vs telescoping. Also, make it a point to keep your rubber tips on.

    Rope is also ok, but can get you pulled aside.
    I've never had an issue in the USA, but leaving Guatemala, a friend was stopped at a secondary checkpoint because a souvenir drum (less than 1 foot tall!) had decorative rawhide cordage. The security lady was insisting that cordage was not OK because my 90lb friend could untie it and use it to attack or restrain.
    The agent proceeded to try and untie it (impossible, the knots were tied before the rawhide shrank). Then said she needed scissors to cut it off. At that point I said in Spanish, "No, you need a supervisor to review this, you aren't cutting up a toy"
    The supervisor of course rolled his eyes and let it go.
    BTW, they completely ignored my hammock and webbing suspension, the crisscrossed cord on my backpack and the paracord bracelet I had on. Not to mention our shoelaces. Seriously, there was more cordage on our FEET than on that toy drum. (Grr, ok, I feel better now)

    My little lady is a flight attendant, so I get quite a bit of wallet-friendly flying in. I can relay any extra questions as well.

    I'm flying to Costa Rica to help with some filming later this month, planning on bringing a hammock, we'll see how that goes.

    I'm also hoping to do some serious CarryOn Camping this year. Gotta put those cheap tickets to good use
    Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, & narrow-mindedness, & many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men & things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
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    Hammocking in SoCal

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    Want to have fun at the air port, bring an epi pen, a main sheet line, navigation charts and two hand held VHF radios, random boat hardware, parachute flair and a single change of clothes, all jammed in a carry on bag. My neighbor and I flew to NJ to sail his newly purchased sail boat home. We got yanked out of line, our bags dumped on the floor, we played 20 questions as to why we had all this gear with us. I got to stand in the drug whiffer booth( never grab your eye and scream after the blast of air). After several conversations we were allowed to repack our bags and board the flight.

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