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Luke Reid
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I'm going on a holiday soon and was wondering if my carry-on bag would be searched if there was a game of Love Letter and a deck of cards. Does anyone know?
 
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no. if you throw them hard enough they can be a lethal weapon.
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If you carry them in a box with wires and a timer, then yeah, probably.

Otherwise it is pefectly legal to carry a deck of cards and it shouldn't look suspicious enough to get your luggage searched.
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Oliver Dienz
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I just did that recently with several card games and had no problem passing security. Nevertheless, in my experience there are vast differences in the screening between airports so I doubt anyone can guarantee you that you will not be subject to a special check. But if it is just games you should pass that easily.
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I have twice traveled with large amount of cards (Summoner Wars: Master Set once and a shoebox full of Magic decks one) in my carry-on bag and had it searched because they apparently show up as suspiciously dense on the x-ray.
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You should be fine, but I would just stay away from games like Bomb Squad, Bomb Squad Academy and Time Bomb, just to avoid any potential misunderstanding if you wanted to play while flying or your bag got randomly inspected..

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lol you'd be fine.
If I can bring sharp long bits of metal (knitting needles) you can bring your cards, Gambit.

Just don't imbue them with kinetic energy and throw them at people.
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Thanks guys
 
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The cards are perfectly legal to bring on the plane but that doesn't mean they won't trigger a search.

As wamsp mentioned above, the cards could show up as suspicious on the X-Ray and trigger a search.

I had this happen once with my tablet and was simply pulled aside at the end and asked to open my bag for them. As the bag was pretty empty other than my tablet and accessories, they were fine just looking in and didn't make me pull anything out. The TSA person was actually really cool and explained that sometimes the attached keyboard makes the tablets appear as a laptop on the X-Ray.

 
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'Get these mother lovin' cards of this mother lovin' plane!'

*Drops mic, exits stage left*
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Jason Daly
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Netslummer wrote:
lol you'd be fine.
If I can bring sharp long bits of metal (knitting needles) you can bring your cards, Gambit.

Just don't imbue them with kinetic energy and throw them at people.


Or if you're Bullseye, you can skip the kinetic energy.
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glouie wrote:
You should be fine, but I would just stay away from games like Bomb Squad, Bomb Squad Academy and Time Bomb, just to avoid any potential misunderstanding if you wanted to play while flying or your bag got randomly inspected..



Ah man, I was going to say that..
 
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I recently brought Vast: The Crystal Caverns in its box and Unfair in seven ziplock bags on my carry on. Unfair is more or less 6 decks of cards, so you should be fine with just two.
 
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IDK, Love Letter has images that display massive cleavage so depending on where you're travelling to,.....might make a difference?

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Craig B
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Added to database of suspicious folks to always be searched.

Luke Reid of Ireland.... seems pretty suspicious. What is the reason for your visit?
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Cards....yes
Snakes....no
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Cards on a plane? Wow, that's some risk.

Are they coated in nitroglycerin?

If you slam them too hard, do they explode?
If the answer is yes, then it's probably not a good idea.
 
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On a serious reply...

Magic players have run into issues getting their bag pulled aside for search by TSA at some larger airports. Reason being is a large stack of cards in a deck box comes off as a solid brick of something under x-ray. I personally had this happen in Chicago O'Hare a couple of times. Same with vinyl records.

So yeah, I doubt Love Letter or a standard deck of cards would ever raise an eyebrow, but there is a legitimate awareness that needs to be brought up for anyone bringing a whole bunch of card games or deck boxes with them on a plane.
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stagger lee wrote:
On a serious reply...

Magic players have run into issues getting their bag pulled aside for search by TSA at some larger airports. Reason being is a large stack of cards in a deck box comes off as a solid brick of something under x-ray. I personally had this happen in Chicago O'Hare a couple of times. Same with vinyl records.

So yeah, I doubt Love Letter or a standard deck of cards would ever raise an eyebrow, but there is a legitimate awareness that needs to be brought up for anyone bringing a whole bunch of card games or deck boxes with them on a plane.


Seconding this - any game that's sufficiently dense will probably get your bag searched. I've had this happen multiple times with Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, for example.

Fortunately I've just had to open the box lid and not actually had to go through the contents or anything.
 
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I pull my Doomtown Reloaded decks out of my bag before scanning, but I still have this conversation weekly with my friends at TSA:

TSA: What's in the box?

Me: Playing cards.

TSA: What, like Magic cards?

Me: Yep.

TSA: *rolls eyes* Seriously?
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I get stopped and have my bag searched every time I travel with games, but I usually, travel with larger board games. You would probably be ok with a small amount of card games.
 
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stagger lee wrote:
On a serious reply...

Magic players have run into issues getting their bag pulled aside for search by TSA at some larger airports. Reason being is a large stack of cards in a deck box comes off as a solid brick of something under x-ray. I personally had this happen in Chicago O'Hare a couple of times. Same with vinyl records.


It looks like plastic explosives. It's a large, solid, uniform brick of organic matter.
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Cards should be fine. If you play Twister on a plane, you'll get yelled at.
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Specifially back scatter X-rays detect organic matter, such as paper. So your cards may appear as a square shaped white brick on the X-Ray which is going to look like a brick of C4.

You are allowed to bring them but your bag may be searched. No big deal, it might take you 5 extra minutes to go through security.
 
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Just don't bring a metal tin to carry them. We brought spot it for my 4 year old last plane trip, and they didn't like that.
 
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