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Anyone who’s traveled with homemade electronics, breadboarded circuits, mint tin projects, or other DIY tech, knows how unnerving it can be going through airport security. Sacha, of Chemhacker, writes:

I just came back from traveling to the Open Science Summit with my hand-built Scanning Tunneling Microscope in tow — here’s how I got it to survive the flight and security checkpoints between ORD and SFO.

What is your approach to this? What have your TSA experiences been? Tell us in the comments.

STMs on a Plane: Prototype Electronics and Security Checkpoints

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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