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Old 05-04-2018, 07:44 PM
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I see stories of people detecting on beaches but I never hear about people asking for permission or having trouble at the airport. After quickly perusing the web, I couldn't find much answering my questions. I am wondering if I will run into issues taking my metal detector on vacation with me. I will be somewhere on Daytona Beach. My first concern arises with bringing it on a plane. I did read on a site that I should disassemble it as much as possible and throw it in luggage with the manual so the TSA agents know what they're looking at. Has anyone had any bad experiences with taking a detector on a plane?

My other concern is the beach. I have no idea how ownership works for areas near or in the water. I will be at some beach front hotel, so I don't know if people talk to the hotel, get a state permit, or just do it. Just going out and detecting has worked well for me at local parks, the police and park workers seem to have no problem with me. I feel that this is different though since it is either privately owned or state owned.

Also I can't find much info on how my ACE 200 will work in dry sandy areas. I wouldn't expect such a low end detector to work in wet sand but if anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it!

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Old 05-04-2018, 08:47 PM
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I've read here of people md'ing on Daytona beach before. So I'm not sure why there'd be any problems. You say you've looked on the web and can't find anything about it (I'm assuming you mean specifically Daytona beach, right ?) . Well then: Consider that a good thing. Because you don't need express allowances (or express permits) to do this. (eg.: signs or laws saying "md'ing is allowed"). Instead, if there's no prohibitions, then presto, not prohibited.

As for detectors on planes, I don't see any reason why a detector is any different than any other electronic device someone would have. Eg.: computer, musical instrument, medical devices, etc... Not sure why a detector would be singled out as being any different. They're after weapons, drugs, explosives, etc.... Detectors are benign. Just put it in your stowaway luggage, take the batteries out, etc...
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:09 PM
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I've read here of people md'ing on Daytona beach before. So I'm not sure why there'd be any problems. You say you've looked on the web and can't find anything about it (I'm assuming you mean specifically Daytona beach, right ?) . Well then: Consider that a good thing. Because you don't need express allowances (or express permits) to do this. (eg.: signs or laws saying "md'ing is allowed"). Instead, if there's no prohibitions, then presto, not prohibited.

As for detectors on planes, I don't see any reason why a detector is any different than any other electronic device someone would have. Eg.: computer, musical instrument, medical devices, etc... Not sure why a detector would be singled out as being any different. They're after weapons, drugs, explosives, etc.... Detectors are benign. Just put it in your stowaway luggage, take the batteries out, etc...
What I read were just generic rules for detecting on Florida beaches. I guess I was just wondering if there were basic rules that I wasn't seeing. You are right, I guess I am just nervous about detecting in a new area and I worry about anything that I think might get me in trouble. Just more pointless worrying I guess. Thanks and sorry for making you repeat what you already told me in another thread lol

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I'd pack it in checked baggage...not sure that it's necessary, but it will avoid issues with you having "clubs" (the shaft) in carry on.


However, I'd suggest packing it well....I traveled with my AT Pro in February, and on the way home, the arm cuff was broken...even though I THOUGHT I had packed it well enough. Fortunately, it's a Garrett, and they sent me a new one for free.


Bring it with, and have a great time....good luck and happy hunting

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Old 05-04-2018, 10:30 PM
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I'd pack it in checked baggage...not sure that it's necessary, but it will avoid issues with you having "clubs" (the shaft) in carry on.


However, I'd suggest packing it well....I traveled with my AT Pro in February, and on the way home, the arm cuff was broken...even though I THOUGHT I had packed it well enough. Fortunately, it's a Garrett, and they sent me a new one for free.


Bring it with, and have a great time....good luck and happy hunting
Great suggestion! I will make sure to put some sort of padding in my checked bag. Thanks

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Great suggestion! I will make sure to put some sort of padding in my checked bag. Thanks

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No need for extra padding...you're packing clothes, right?

if you can, take the control box off and put that in your carry one....that's what I would have done if I could redo it...

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No need for extra padding...you're packing clothes, right?

if you can, take the control box off and put that in your carry one....that's what I would have done if I could redo it...
I think the control box is mounted to part of the shaft but maybe I can find a way to safely remove it. I have yet to clean my machine so I guess I'll have to do that if I pack it with my clothes lol. I will be careful with packing thanks for the heads up

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