I've used the thing for years without incident, but recently I've had my carry on searched, wiped for chemicals, and my Herf-a-dor opened the past few times I've traveled with it.
Never seemed to be an issue before, but has delayed me a few times in security traveling recently. Not a huge deal, more of a pain to have to sit there than anything else. Just a heads up for anyone flying with one, not sure if it's a recent point of emphasis or not (or DTW issue).
mine is pretty easy to search. see through zip lock means no one has to even open the bag. the burden of proof is on you so bring banded cigars if going through customs.
Customs has never given me any issues with cigars or rum. I have even told them that I have cigars and or rum. They have asked me the quantity, but have never asked me the country of origin.
It's only recently domestically, and it happened to be a month where I was traveling a few times within short succession and each time my bag got searched. I was carrying lots of electronics (laptop, ipad, 2 phones, chargers, etc.) in a carry on, so I'm sure that was part of it.
I've made it without having them searched.. usually travel with a 40ct and a 5ct. Mostly internationally though. The only thing they ever have an issue with is the V-cutter, but that only b/c no one knows what the h' it is!
I've had to ditch a torch before, and I've had a close eye put on a guillotine cutter before... but never had a herfador opened or checked at all. I usually just travel with a fiver though, everything else is boxes
Yeah, the torches are definitely illegal. There's a contraption out there that you put on a Bic to make it a torch, and that would be legal since if they are apart, the torch part is not a torch. It is inert.
I put my tools in checked baggage and carry my humidor.
Just saw this post. Figured i'd chime in on my experience. The wife and I flew to Paris this past August and when I opened my checked bag(one with my herf-a-dor in it) had a note from TSA that they inspected it. On the flight back I had zero issues……of course it was empty.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm an airline pilot, and I will tell you now trying to figure out the ways of the TSA is a waste of your time. They have rules yes, but ultimately it just comes down to where you are, who you get, and what kind of mood they're in that day. Some airports have reputations for being more or less strict. And even then, you'll find you get very different experiences depending upon who you happen to get. I've had some let things slide that are clearly against their rules, and others try to take things from me that are explicitly allowed.
Thomas speaks wisdom. I used to travel a hell of a lot for business. I had a few TSA hassles, but not since I changed how I interact with them. I put my phone away, look them in the eye, use "hello" and "sir/ma'am," ask how they're doing, and just basically treat them with more humanity than 99% of the people they see. The attitude back is always the same, friendly and helpful.