Here's a tip for you is you are traveling with your UAV using our nations airlines: Be Prepared and call ahead.
I have traveled a few times with my modified EasyGlider and FPV/UAV kit without incident. But on these early trips, the TSA did not feel it necessary to open everything up. Not so on my last trip. I returned home to find my kit in significant disarray and several items damaged. Without going into too much detail here (see my rant on RCgroups http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=730238.) I have leaned a few tips for travelling with you plane which I'd like to repost here:
- Call the airline ahead of time and let them know what you are bringing and get their suggestions.
- Tell the counter agent you are traveling with sensitive equipment. Ask for a hand search of your cases. Secure it with Tie-wraps/zip ties after it is inspected.
- Pack all your items in smaller clearly labeled cases. Labels help everyone.
- If you have to pack a plane, separate the plane from everything else this gives them one less thing to destroy.
- one person sugested packing a (legal!) gun in a guncase that also contained you gear. That way it can be locked after TSA inspection.
- or Ship everything ahead of time with UPS or FedEx.
Thanks to the contributors from RC Groups for their input. I'm now better prepared for my next trip