Anyone try to bring a Maestro as carry-on with any airlines?

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I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with attempting to bring a Maestro as a carry-on and use it during flight. Now that v2.0 more remote usage should dramatically escalate and hearing any report on both domestic and international flights would be useful. I am curious as to what the airlines reaction has been. Since it is not a transmitter shouldn't be any different than a tablet. Might get the pilot's attention. I'm also wondering if they would require the battery to be removed and stored in the check-in baggage? I am planning for a trip in the near future.
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Mike - VE3CKO, Elmer

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Nobody really cared about mine. I usually fly Delta Air Lines. Treat it as you would a laptop. Take it out and make sure it is screened by itself. TSA doesn't bat an eye. 

The battery is fine because it is IN the equipment, and not spare. Besides, a power bank (which is what maestro batteries are) are considered to have the batteries IN the equipment, so no problems.

Ria
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Same here. Make sure you leave the battery in it as they will now ask you to turn it on if you're traveling internationally

By the way we used the SSDR for iOS app To make Q's playing Southwest to Dayton in 2016 from 40,000 feet.
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Yes, I have done it successfully.  I remove the batteries and I put it in a bin to be scanned like a laptop.  I also have my FCC radio license available to show if needed.
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That won't work on International flites as they make you turn it on to prove its not a bomb so you have to keep the battery in
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Sometimes even on domestic flights they do that.
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Not saying this is going to be typical, but no problems flying in March this year with a carry on Maestro from Ft. Lauderdale to VP5.  The TSA X-ray machine operator did kick the bag out to be hand checked, but they didn't ask for anything to be turned on, or for a license. Also had a 6500 and a KPA-500 as carry on in our group and no issues there either.