Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/01/20

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Traveling by air with RabidWinder?
From: "bdcolen" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 11:55:36 -0500

The only problem with alerting the authorities to this issue is that
before you know it, there will be photos of the Rapidwinder posted at
every Xray screening machine in the US, with alerts to shoot on sight
anyone possessing this deadly weapon. 

In reality, there are two possible approaches - ignore the issue and
take your chances, perhaps carrying mailing envelopes, and bringing
baseplates as someone suggested. OR, as Nick suggests here, carry the
cameras with the base plates and pack the Rapidwinders in checked

We also might ask Tom A. if he could modify the triggers to further dull
their edges and square them off...but I doubt doing that would really
change anything - because that would simply mean that someone wielding
one of these things would have a dull ice pick as a hidden weapon,
rather than a sharp ice pick. Would Trotskyhave cared? :-)

- -----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Nick
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 11:40 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Traveling by air with RabidWinder?

Wouldn't it be better to put the winder in the checked
luggage, and carry the camera and normal baseplate on?
And isn't it possible to check in writing with
whatever is the appropriate authority now in the US
what the status of the RapidWinder is?


- --- Rolfe Tessem <> wrote:
> The last few times I've travelled with mine, I've
> taken the precaution
> of also carrying the regular base plates in my
> checked baggage so that, 
> in the event of a problem, I would still be able to
> shoot at the other 
> end. I think next time, I'll also carry a padded
> self-addressed envelope 
> so that in case the security people have an issue
> with the winders, I 
> can whip them off, mail them to myself, and still
> catch the plane. I've 
> had a few small items not make it through the
> screening and you 
> basically have very few options other than losing
> the items unless you 
> are hours early for your flight. If you can believe
> it, one of the 
> things confiscated was the allen wrench used to
> attach the RRS 
> Arca-Swiss baseplate.
> --
> Rolfe Tessem

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