On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 6:10 AM, Michael Brutman via cctalk <
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
I'm actively working on show planning for VCF PNW
and I'm noticing that we
have a few international travelers planning to attend and exhibit their
machines/projects. I'd like to put together a FAQ for the logistics of
traveling with vintage equipment across the US border. If you have ideas
please let me know.
For example: Should I plan on providing letters in advance stating that a
person is a registered exhibitor at our show, including details like the
show location, dates, times, and contact information in case there is a
question about why somebody is carrying strange looking equipment into the
US? Is there any sort of paperwork or customs form needed even if nothing
is being sold or left in the US? Any other gotchas to look for?
All the documentation you can provide can only help.
I don't have much experience with computing equipment, but I have seen
happen to other unusual electronics.
Specifically, I used to go to a lot of fencing meets when my daughter was
The armorers (the staff who check the weapons for safety and electrical
make their own test rigs - a few sockets, some LEDs, an meter or two. Their
a point of pride. Several times they had packed them in checked luggage and
arrived to find
their equipment opened up, with wires to batteries snipped. It's been 10
years since then,
so maybe the TSA has realized that randomly snipping wires in a device you
is a brain-dead idea, but you never know.
I would pack anything going on a plane, domestic or international, with all
or any of
- letters about exhibition
- a copy of a manual
- bill of sale
- owners contact information