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Old 09-11-2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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What's the best way to carry hand and power tools on an airplane?

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In your checked baggage.
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I'm talking about tool bag, tool box, etc., smartass .
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Where I work at, we bring in OEM's who fly with their tools regularly. I see one clear trend.... Pelican cases.

Having said that, I was chatting with one OEM who had all of his tools 5S'd in his box with shadow foam. When TSA sometimes dumps out his tools in the back rooms of the airport where checked bags are done, and inspects them, they dump everything and jam them back in every which way. He explained that everything has a place, and if everything is not put back exactly right, they won't all fit. As a result.... guess what? They don't put back what won't fit and he arrives at his destination with a mixed up toolbox, sometimes less a few tools.

Having not flown with tools myself, but only observing and chatting with those that have, I would recommend a good Pelican case with a little room to spare.
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As another option, some of the OEM's doing work here will UPS their tools ahead of time, and they're waiting for them in our plant. I suspect these are company supplied tools, and they have extra identical sets so they can afford to have some spare sets "in transit". Still in Pelican cases (or sometimes whole gangboxes for big projects, sent by an LTL carrier).
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I've flown with tools and I just checked them. I didn't put on a lock my box, but just heavy tie wraps. They were inspected and a note left inside. When we have guys come from the US to Canada, they require a copy of their contract so they can work here. I've had to go get them a couple of times from customs because they were going to be denied entry. Customs didn't want them taking work from the locals, they don't understand these guys are working on their own equipment.


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I'm talking about tool bag, tool box, etc., smartass .
Check with the airline as you might be able to check it as baggage.
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If they can afford to fly you to Monaco, they can afford to buy your tools when you land. In fact I think in Monaco they throw out all their tools at the end of each work day and buy new ones the next morning on the way to work. I think by law you can only work from brunch to tea time.
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Definitely it will be checked baggage. I looked at the Veto backpack and no way I am spending that kind of money. Has anybody used the Fluke backpack? I don't want Klown or Milwaukee.
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If they can afford to fly you to Monaco, they can afford to buy your tools when you land. In fact I think in Monaco they throw out all their tools at the end of each work day and buy new ones the next morning on the way to work. I think by law you can only work from brunch to tea time.
That part about Monaco may or may not be a lie. It might actually be out in the bush somewhere .
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I'm talking about tool bag, tool box, etc., smartass .
I wasn't trying to be smart. Plenty of people try to get through security with hammers, hack saws, etc.

If you're asking for a durable case for checked baggage, tell us what's being put in it. Do you have $8,000 oscilloscopes or a wiggy & a Fluke 117?
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Just the usual hand tools and cordless tools.
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Just the usual hand tools and cordless tools.
Are any of the batteries lithium including lights?
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Check specifically on those. They may not allow lithium batteries or have specific rules.
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I've got a Pelican you can borrow if you want.
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Wow, you're a great guy but this is a long term deal .
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Wow, you're a great guy but this is a long term deal .
You really need to get a Pelican case if you're flying with tools. I've flown quite a lot (not with tools), and I've had sturdy luggage effed up properly. No way I'd want tools just in a backpack as my checked baggage. Check a Pelican and you won't have to worry.
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I use Pelican 1510 cases. Even Pelicans get pretty beat up by the baggage monkeys.
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I use Pelican 1510 cases. Even Pelicans get pretty beat up by the baggage monkeys.
@99cents will the company reimburse you if anything is stolen?
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