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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 over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


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