Flying with a pedalboard (a.k.a. “Love notes from the TSA”)
So I concluded my cross-country zig zag trip after playing a number of shows back east with Suspicious Brown. I was pretty excited that the pedalboard that I built just before the trip had held up so well. During each “hop” of the trip I would find a little “love letter” from the TSA stating that they had been inside my case. I suppose to a baggage screener all that wiring and electronics must look pretty darn odd. So to that point, I suppose I should feel some comfort in the fact that they’re paying attention. Well…..all good things come to an end, I suppose. After returning to Denver, when I picked up my pedalboard from baggage claim at DIA I noticed a distinct “rattling” sound coming from the case. Not good. I proceeded to open her up and found this:
My guess is the folks at Newark Liberty International thought my pedalboard required a closer look. I guess its just too much to ask them to put the thing back the way they found it.
In related news, I posted about this issue over on Scott Henderson’s discussion board and he had the great courtesy to turn me onto the world on 3M’s Dual Lock. Apparently people who fly a lot with their gear don’t use velcro. Live and learn!
Just wondering, what’s the name of your pedalboard flight case in the pic and where did you get it? It looks different than the ones I have come across.
It’s one of the boards from Pedal Pad – http://www.pedalpad.com/ – its great and would not have come apart had I used dual-lock in lieu of velcro to secure everything.