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Topic: TSA Friendly Coffee? (19 msgs / 429 lines)
1) From: Yakster
Any concerns on traveling with coffee and coffee making supplies?
I'm moving into a new position that will no doubt entail much more frequent
travel to Asia and I'm wondering how much hassle it will be to travel with
roasted beans, a grinder and maybe an Aeropress.
-Chris
On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 5:28 PM, Steve Carlson  wrote:
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2) From: Sharon Allsup
Traveling with coffee almost always gets my luggage pulled for hand
search.  My guess is that they figure the coffee is being used to mask
drug scents.
Internationally, I dunno.  I did a trip from the US to Ireland late
last year, and for all of the bruhaha about agricultural products and
food stuffs, no one said anything about the baggies of ground, roasted
coffee.  Hopefully most customs people would not try to argue that
roasted coffee can still transmit agricultural diseases to their own
coffee farms.  Wouldn't count on it, tho.
Never have tried to travel with a grinder or Aeropress or SS press as
carry-on.  I have no idea if you'd get any grief over them as
potentially dangerous blunt instruments.  I usually try to bring a
small electric kettle in my checked baggage ($8 from Walgreens) so as
to not be dependent upon microwaves or stoves at the destination.
On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM, Yakster  wrote:
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3) From: Coffee
I've traveled many times with a bodum kettle, whirly blade grinder,  
aeropress and a bunch of beans in my checked bag with no trouble.
-Peter
On May 7, 2009, at 10:51 AM, Yakster wrote:
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4) From: Jason Brooks
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It's been a while, but I traveled with a Bodum Santos and knee mill with
bagged whole beans in carry on.  May have had a kettle as well.  Only
thing that drew curiosity was that they thought the FP was an Osterizer
and may have blades.  Otherwise, I received a compliment on the smell.
With some non-specific things I've read over the past several months, it
may be more difficult now.  However, the danger of an AP is minimal.
Jason
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5) From: Sandy Andina
Always pack my coffee rig in checked baggage.  There's no evidence  
since I began homeroasting that my luggage was pulled out for hand  
search; but one year flying to Puerto Vallarta I picked up my guitar  
(in a special flight case made to measure for it) and noticed the TSA  
sticker on the gasket next to one of the latches--which latch had not  
been screwed all the way down.  Opened the case and found the TSA  
acknowledgement slip inside--on which was written, "I tuned it for  
you--it was flat."  I nearly had a cow (because many experts recommend  
downtuning before flying), but later read that the Taylor Guitar Co.  
says it's okay to fly with the strings at concert pitch, as long as  
the neck and headstock are immobilized (such as in a custom flight  
case).
On May 7, 2009, at 6:27 PM, Sharon Allsup wrote:
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Peace & song,
Sandy
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6) From: Michael Wascher
No problems so far, including trips to Seoul & Tokyo.Usually carried in my
backpack -- if I carry my stainless steel press pot it always gets pulled &
opened, but just because it's a big cylinder that XRays can't see inside.
I'm vacationing in WA, tracelled from NJ yesterday. Coffee, Zassenhaus
grinder & non-SS press pot went right through security.
--MikeW
On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 10:15 PM, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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7) From: decrisce.md
I fly pretty often, only with check in. I take a whirly blade, AP and a coiled water heater. It is usually the coiled water heater that makes them check. Once they see it, they understand what it is and close it back up. 
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8) From: decrisce.md
Oh and also a stainless steel mug. They may check, but never really a hassle. 
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9) From: F.R. Parth
On Thursday, May 07, 2009, at 10:51AM, "Yakster"  wrote:
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Chris,
I travel at least 150,000 miles a year outside the US mostly to the Mid East and Southeast Asia (I'm in Abu Dhabi for the second time this year right now, and getting ready to go to Amsterdam). I've never had any question about the coffee or the coffee making supplies. If I'm pulled aside for searches at all, it's because I travel with a laptop, a printer, a scanner, external speakers, special power adapters, and all of the wires that go with them. 
HTH.
Frank
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10) From: Steve Carlson
I fly frequently with homeroast, and have never had an issue with TSA.  The
only issue is trying to sleep in a hotel room with the bag of homeroast
wafting out its aroma.
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11) From: Sandy Andina
I take a whirly (or Zass Turkish), Bodum Mini-Ibis kettle (oval  
shaped, packs easily in a corner of my rolling garment bag), at least  
one mug, and AP--with my family, if I know we'll be at a hotel with an  
in-room drip pot, I also bring basket filters.  By car, I keep a  
duffel with all of the above as well as a one-cup pourover, Swissgold  
cone filter to fit it, and some paper basket filters if there's a drip  
machine in the hotel room.  The AP and the cone are becoming more and  
more necessary as cutting-edge hotels seem to be switching to those  
single-cup Starbucks brewers.
On May 7, 2009, at 10:42 PM, decrisce.md wrote:
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Peace & song,
Sandy
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12) From: John Letoto
My carry-on has gotten pulled on the side because of my Zass Turkish
hand mill.  That cylindrical hunk of metal can look mighty mysterious
when going through the security checkpoint.  Having roasted beans
sitting right there for the agents to smell when they open it has
definitely helped to declare my innocence.
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13) From: Larry Dorman
I just got back from a domestic trip where I packed four small mason
jars, my AeroPress, and a steel mug in my carry-on.  In one case they
checked my bag saw that it was coffee and wished me a good day.  The
rest of the trip it didn't even raise an eyebrow.  I've never tried to
travel with a grinder, but I did take my electric kettle on one trip
with it packed in my checked bags with no problem.  It wouldn't
surprise me if electrical items would be problematic in carry-on, but
I really don't know.
LarryD
On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 12:51 PM, Yakster  wrote:
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14) From: Allon Stern
On May 8, 2009, at 12:47 AM, Steve Carlson wrote:
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This is why I leave my coffee and paraphernalia at the (remote)  
office, not in the hotel :)
Plus, I can make several cups throughout the day. And share with the  
cow-orkers.....if there's enough left over.
(Last trip I shared two cups with one of my colleagues; I had about  
1/2 an AP scoop left over when I left for home from that trip....)
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allon
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15) From: French Lewis
I fly a lot for work, and for multiple day trips normally bring coffee.   In my checked bag I usually have ~1/2 lb homeroast, electric kettle and Zass knee mill grinder (along with either swiss gold pour over, or more likely an aeropress).     I have not had any problems as of yet, and have always had good, freshly roasted coffee, no matter where I've stayed.
French
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16) From: Greg Hollrigel
I've also successfully traveled between Europe and the US with my ground
coffee and aeropress.  No problems either way.
However, my problem was in the hotel.  They charged me because they said my
room smelled like smoke when I left and they were cleaning.  I told them I
didn't smoke.  The only thing I could figure out was that it was the smell
of freshly made coffee each morning that was lingering.  Obviously, I don't
think it smells like smoke.  Anyways, it ended well.
Greg
On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM, Larry Dorman  wrote:
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17) From: Yakster
Wow,
Thanks, all for the wealth of feedback on taking my coffee habit on the road
and into the air.  I may pick up something small to heat up water.
-Chris
On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 10:24 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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18) From: decrisce.md
The coil plug in thing is cheap, easy on space, and can be place directly in the AP to heat the water. I bought it at bed, bath, and beyond, only because Tom did not sell it.  
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19) From: Larry Dorman
I find that the small in-room coffee makers tend to work just fine for
making hot water which I can then use in my French press or Aeropress.
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