Getting an Arcade Stick through Airport Security


#1

This year I will be flying out to some of the major events like EVO and Devestation for the first time, and I was wondering if anyone has had any trouble getting an arcade stick through TSA/Airport security. I imagine to the uninitiated an arcade stick looks like some sort of bomb with all the wires and gutted electronics. Any tips? Should I bring it as carry on or pack it into my luggage?


#2

just pack it in your luggage…wrap it with alot of clothes soit has cushion


#3

My HRAP3 was in my backpack and it passed through Heathrow airport as carry-on baggage. I’m Arab btw.


#4

I am bringing Atryu-made sticks pretty often when traveling back home (Europe) from Japan.

They have ALWAYS checked my hand-luggage to check what it was, but they have ALWAYS let me through after realising that it was just a game controller.

I used the following companies:

  • Alitalia
  • JAL
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • SWISS
  • Catay Pacific

tips of the day:

  1. If you want to travel with your beloved custom-made arcade stick, you CAN take it with you in the cabin.

  2. If you want to blow an airplane up, you can hide a bomb in a custom arcade controller.

Ninja-EDIT:
Hmmm… to the government/CIA guys who are probably checking SRK: It’s a joke right…

RIGHT?
no need to take my IP, and enforce my house residentevil-style.
Nobody here is blowing up airplanes!


#5

haha i lold


#6

i was goin through IAD in washington dc, and i pulled out a HRAP2 and put it through the scanner thing…they jus kinda looked at it and was like “What is that?” and i just told them it was a video game arcade stick and they didnt think anything of it…this was december 08


#7

I just went from San Jose, CA (bay area) to L.A. twice over the past few weeks, and I had no issues bringing a stick. You only need to remove a console or your laptop for individual scanning – they don’t care much for your arcade stick.

I brought the stick with me as a carry-on in a small luggage with clothes as a barrier so the stick wouldn’t break.


#8

I flew from Raleigh, NC to Beijing, China (with a connector in DC) with my stick in a suitcase. I had no issues.


#9

Thanks everyone for all the input. I feel more at ease getting it through TSA.


#10

I just got an awesome idea about how to smuggle a bomb onto a plane.


#11

:tdown:

I hope you joking

-joe


#12

Either way your stick is getting checked through xray and all that jazz. It’s your preference whether you want to take it carry-on or not.


#13

I’ve had my HRAP checked in airport security every. single. time. Usually wastes a few minutes of my time while they look at the screen and ask what it is. Then, I take it out and demonstrate that it’s a video game controller.

No problems getting through, but expect it to be checked.