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Traveling on Airlines? Beware of your Detector.
Posted by: Sven
Date: March 03, 2019 04:03PM
Rec'd this message from my friend

My son went out to CA for a week and took along my DetectorPro Pirate because it would break down really small. We checked it out before he left then took out the batteries and packed it. When he got there and out on the beach the detector was completely dead. He tried new batteries and never could get it working. Fortunately his father in-law had a detector so he did get to play on the beach for a short time. They only found coins but had a good time.

When he got back home I picked the Pirate up from him to see if I could find out what went wrong. When I tried to power it up it was still dead. I opened the control side of the headphones and spotted the trouble immediately. One of the wires to the volume control had gotten pinched onto the volume control power switch terminal hard enough to cut through the insulation and short out the volume control to the power terminal. I was able to repair the wire and insulate the volume control terminals and it fired up and worked fine.

My son said that he never opened up the control side of the headphones only the battery side. That means that as the detector went through the airline security they got curious and opened the control side of the headphones and weren't careful closing it back up and pinched the wire resulting in and dead detector when my son reached CA. The damage could have been worse and could have blown the detector when he put the batteries in and powered up the detector. So be aware that airport security do some times get into things and can cause problems.




Nokta/Makro Anfibio-Multi, Makro Multi-Kruzer, and few others
Self built Mirage Pi's --- they work great in trashy areas!!

Re: Traveling on Airlines? Beware of your Detector.
Posted by: Dancer
Date: March 04, 2019 05:31AM
So with all the hassle it's sometimes easier to just drive. Than we leave our guard down, wamo. ! Life's a Roulette wheel. Like hunting for Gold.

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Re: Traveling on Airlines? Beware of your Detector.
Posted by: Goldstrike
Date: March 04, 2019 09:26AM
That's interesting! I've travelled a number of times to the U.K. with my detector and gear and haven't had any problems....(so far)!! It may have been an overly eager (newbie)? TSA employee that opened it up just because??? I would be ticked off if they did that to some of my gear as well!

Re: Traveling on Airlines? Beware of your Detector.
Posted by: Mkus
Date: March 05, 2019 07:51AM
With a sealed detector no problems meaning a waterproof one..

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