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Bringing a laser in the USA

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Are these illegal to import?

I'll be travelling to the US soon and am just wondering if there's some nutty federal law that prevents this?
 

iFoSh

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What power? If it's over 5mW and doesn't have safety features it is illegal (someone correct me if i'm wrong please) It must be FDA approved to be llegal
 

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It's really up to you then...Airports can take basically whatever they want any time...If you keep the batteries in a different place, I would bet they wouldn't mess with it. If it is a super expensive laser tho, I wouldn't risk it haha
 

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I always keep crap like that in my check bags, i've never had that messed with. :shhh:
 

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Yeah, put stuff like that in checked bags. Having it in carry-on luggage is just asking for trouble. Plus there is ZERO reason to have one in the cabin of the plane anyway.
 

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I came back from Hong Kong earlier this year & was stressin' out hard trying to figure out how get the lasers I bought back into the US without customs them taking them away.

I checked them into my luggage, basically dismantled the best I could & put random pieces in different padded envelopes so it looked like a bunch of nonsense flashlight components & got through with no problems.

I however had a Laserglow Galileo 5mw pointer in my carry-on backpack that I had forgotten about until after I checked my bags. I realized it & immediately removed the battery in it. The TSA found it on the x-ray took it out & tried to turn it on, when it didn't work he put it back in my bag & sent me on my way! :)

Sooo.... PUT THEM IN YOUR CHECK-IN LUGGAGE!!!!

Hope this helps!

Alfie Chip
 
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Thanks for the responses.
Just to let you know I would not even be considering putting them in my hand-luggage but this topic concerns my CHECKED luggage. Sorry for not making that clear before.
 




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