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Can you take walkmans on a plane?

Discussion in 'Chat Area' started by Chris, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Active Member

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    I'm just thinking that it might look a bit suspicious of someone my age taking a cassette player and cassettes on a plane. I've packed my smallest (functional) walkman, the TPS-L2 but I'm worried that they still might think it's a bomb...
     
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    TooCooL4 Active Member S2G Supporter

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    No problem, I take my D6C or DC2 and loads of tape and batteries all the time. Yes when It does go throw x-ray machines they often re-check it by hand, one guy that recognise the DC2 tried to buy it off me.
     
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  3. walkman archive

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    Good question. I have never travelled with a walkman recently but they can think that can be a suspicious device. One can think a big old walkman can have a modern, small mechanics inside and some free space for something... Who knows.
    But in general, I think if you have batts inside, and a cassette and headphones right with you, you can prove it is what it is...
     
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    I suggest not to take the risk of getting your Walkman confiscate as this is not common today for people taking with them Walkman for travelling. Who knows the airport officials are far more pre-cautious today due to terrorism.

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  5. TooCooL4

    TooCooL4 Active Member S2G Supporter

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    Like I said before I do it all the time, why let those nutter terrorists spoil your enjoyment. I don’t intend in changing my way of life because of some crazy people.
     
  6. Ken80s

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    Should be okay if your Walkman stays within the requirements.

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  7. walkman archive

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    I doubt a good DD and many models from the 80s can match that. Even thinned models from the 90s aren't as thin as 1.5 cm...
    The key is to know if they accept a walkman as another device, other than phone, tablet...
     
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    Never had any problems between UK - Oz / UK - US / UK - S Africa

    As long as its seen working, you should be fine
     
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    Most probably there wont be any problems but overall it depends ....,

    depends to the security guy
    depends on the country you are travelling from
    and depends to the country you are travelling to
     
  10. Middachten

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    I've never had a problem while traveling with my DD-33:
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    Amsterdam-Nice
    Amsterdam-London City
    and v.v.

    I always take it out of my cabin suitcase (as I do with my umbrella, macbook and adapters).

    As Walkman Archive said: always keep batteries and a tape in and keep your headphones ready so you can demonstrate it.

    Although the ticking centergear might cause some suspicious when you demonstrate it :scratch2

    OT: Much looking forward to get that replaced!
     
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    Boodokhan Active Member S2G Supporter

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    You are right , Never thought about it:lollegs:
     
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    That's what I did when I was at the airport yesterday, the security guard didn't find it suspicious though, luckily.

    Here's a very bad picture of me listening to it at 35,000 feet while on the plane to Warsaw (you can see the coast of the Netherlands in the background):

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    When traveling I do not fly. I like to fly, but not traveling I prefer to be in a vehicle. on the ground.
     
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    Pleased to see this issue raised. I'm flying KLM Manchester > Amsterdam in 2 weeks time (first flight in 9 years). Planning to stay analogue and I've narrowed my travelling kit as shown, although the Aiwa is about 21mm thick...
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    Should be fine, they let me through with my TPS-L2 without checking my bag.
     
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    One more proof, and again on a KLM flight:
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    This time from Amsterdam to Luxembourg.
    Maybe vote for KLM as the most Walkman Friendly airline :thumbsup:
     
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    A quick update on my tape & travel experience:
    Now for the first time I was stopped at security check due to a 'tape issue'... They searched my cabin luggage and first couldn't find anything. It wasn't the walkman they said. When they showed me the screen, I noticed the contours of two wheels close to each other: a tape cassette :reelspin:.

    It was a Sony Metal Master that I had in one of the suitcase pockets. The Maxell XL-II right next to it was hardly visible on the xray. It wasn't a big issue but still, if you want to travel fast and avoid being held up at security it is probably not a good idea to bring a Sony Metal Master tape with you.
     
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    Update: KLM showed little interest in my Aiwa on my outbound journey Manchester to Amsterdam.
     
  19. Chris

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    Fly with British Airways, they didn't raise an eyebrow at my walkman on the flight to Warsaw or the return to London.
     
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    Nice Trip 35! The quintessential travel camera. What film do you shoot?

    Off-topic over. I've taken my WM-EX674 on planes for years with no issues. Airport security usually pay more attention to my watch!
     

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