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Jeff;
Was that the new scanners where they make you hold your hands up and the thing in front of you sweeps across? In my experience those pick up everything and they caught a folded up $100 bill in my pocket. The older units are more forgiving... I mean those new ones show all the details!

They caused some controversy in Minneapolis because they show all the anatomy and everything... I heard they have tuned them now to be more blurry, but either story could be urban myth.

When all this detailed scanning and stripping down started, there was a news story about a very in shape young couple coming in and quickly pealing off all there clothes except for some tight fitting athletic underwear and walking through to the gaping stares of the TSA workers...... They were just trying to make a point or get on the news I would guess.

Kinda funny though!
That was just this year in Aug, I flew back into the states to Dulles and had to go through customs and the security check and it never showed. Also at Johannesburg on the return. I wear it low so maybe they think it's an adult diaper! LOL
 

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This is why I love this forum. There's a lot of info. and some of it's conflicting. These kinds of posts help us all try and sort it out.

We were told to absolutely not pack anything in the gun cases except guns & scopes.
The reason? Lots of stuff in a gun case could cause the American TSA to alarm the case if they couldn't make out the contents due to "extras" in the case.
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First I think James meant after you are at camp. I would not put cash in anything that gets loaded on the airplane. On my recent trip I put all my cash, passport etc., in my ammo case, locked it, put that in my Tuffpak and locked it as well.

As well as TSA is concerned, I have put all sorts of stuff in my Tuffpak. In larger airports all TSA does is to check it with the chemical sniffer, they already know weapons are in there and X-Rays can discern the stuff anyway.
 

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you mean you can put your locked ammo box in a locked riffle case??
l always utelise the space in both ammo box/riffle case and bow case , with knives, slings,cleaning case, clothes.
usually my bow case is my suit case.
but if you put ammo and fire arms together , they wont get out of Australia.
I always make a point of asking why my arrows ,with broadheads can travel with my bow in the same case , but customs/border protection , don't care.......
 

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You misunderstood me, I said AT CAMP. That being said one can put the ammo in the gun case on US flights originating from the States as long as you are going non-stop to your destination (if international), it is not against TSA rules but is dependent on the airline. On Delta I have put them together.

Now, in most cases one would use full 11 pounds of ammo allowance. So, it makes sense to put the locked ammo case in the checked luggage separate from the gun case in order to be below 50 pounds and not pay excess luggage fees.
 

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Just a thought for those planning on a trip to South Africa this year. One step I took to simplicate matters while in Africa is to get my Rand from my local bank back home. After 20 plus hours of traveling, the last thing I want to be doing is looking for a bank to exchange currency once I land in Africa. I've already ordered it and should be able to pick it up in a couple of days. One less thing I have to worry about while traveling.
 
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I have obtained my rand from my bank also. I only carry enough rand for a local shop or lunch at the airport while waiting to depart back to the U.S. Everyone in camp takes dollars for tips. This is the way I have paid on two trips to South Africa.....And I pay the tips to camp staff myself, from PH down to cleaning lady. And everybody is happy. Any unplanned animals I may take is paid with AMEX at the camp.
 

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I never take Rand anymore, just use my credit card for any curios , meals and other small expenses.
 

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The yellow fever vaccination is a strong point. My wife & I have been globetrotters to an extent for scuba vacations, but not to a country where proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to re-enter the USA yet. A really good former primary care physician I had at one point in the past detailed a scenario he'd seen as a way some medical service providers operate in some of these areas. Those countries will typically not require such a vaccination to enter, but having it done + proof that it's current before leaving the US is highly recommended. He said you can get the vaccination and documentation generally in such destinations but there may be surprise surcharges for add-ons such as cost for the foreign physician to use a brand new sterile syringe plus a brand new sterile hypodermic needle if those are desirable optional services . . .
 

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- Medical insurance card and telephone numbers, ask for contact numbers other than an 800 number as they do not work from foreign countries.
I strongly recommend to all hunters traveling to Africa to consider purchasing medical travel insurance coverage as in most instances no liability is accepted by the outfitter, and they usually do not carry insurance for this. You may purchase an independent policy for this purpose or contact your current medical insurance company well before your trip to find out to what extent you are covered while overseas. Be sure to tell them that you will be engaging in a hunting safari as many insurance companies will not provide coverage if you are participating in a dangerous activity that they deem an extraordinary risk.
For some insurance companies you may need to inform them in writing of your trip in order to be covered. You need to ask how to notify them if you require medical services, you may have a limited amount of time to inform them.

- Medical evacuation card and telephone numbers
Ask for contact numbers other than an 800 number as they do not work from foreign countries. I strongly recommend getting medical evacuation membership especially if you are hunting in more remote area(s) that require air charter.






Special Note
Recently, I have heard of some cases of departing passengers being randomly checked to see if they are carrying more than $10,000 in Cash (any currency) and/or Travelers Checks. Individuals carrying the combined equivalent of US $10,000 or more are required to file a FinCen Form 105 with US Customs at your departing airport. It is not difficult to do and could save you a huge and unnecessary hassle since it is a federal crime if you don't and are unfortunate enough to get checked. Click here to download the form FinCEN Form 105 - Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments.

Thanks for the tips. You had the answers to the exact questions I was looking for, which saved me from having to post a question thread!
 

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Thanks Nyati. Those sound a little different than the ones I saw. Problem is TSA wants all paper off your body going through those new scanners and I get nervous about pulling out a pouch that is obviously full of cash in the airport where all can see. But I suppose one could have in a carry on and duck into a restroom later to reposition.
Don't use the scanners. If you have "limited range of motion" they will not force you to raise your hands above your head and will direct you through the metal detector instead.
 

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