Transporting Amphicar parts by air

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David Chapman

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I'm back in the UK thanks to all for the hospitality at Mount Dora, I've written
a trip report for the next Amphicar club newsletter.

Going through the posts on the Triumph newsgroup today there is a lot of talk
about transporting car parts by air. A lot of people are having problems at the
moment and the last thing you want to do is be forced to dump expensive and rare
Amphicar parts at an airport. I wrote the following about my experiences on this
last trip for the Triumph newsgroup and have posted below - I think much applies
to internal flights as well as international, someone also commented that there
is also a lot of pre-flight security profiling and I would have had an easier
time as I was travelling with my family !

David Chapman

ps - This was written for a UK audience, 1kg = 2.25 Pounds, Gatwick is major
London airport !

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Just got back to the UK from Florida and I can tell you that moving parts by air
is now much more difficult since 9-11, security and scanning is much more
intense. All checked bags are now xrayed, they will not permit anything that
looks on the xray like a gun or explosive onto the aircraft and will ask you
that question at check-in. Things like dampers or anything that has cast metal
looks like a big black lump on the xray and so is an absolute no-no as is
anything with gas or aerosols. They will also specifically ask you at check-in
what is in the bag if it's over about 25kg and so needs the "heavy" label (the
limit is 32kg on most flights). If you say it's car parts most American airlines
will refuse to carry it - and they only accept your first answer. I used to
write "contains vintage auto parts" on the case to help the security people
understand if x-raying but don't do that anymore.

Carry on has also changed, Virgin now weigh each bag to check it's under 5kg
(mine was 9kg, I told them it contained food I planned to eat during the 3 hour
wait and they were fine - didn't recheck before boarding) just before you board
about half of the bags are physically searched and anything "that could be used
as a weapon" is removed, this even includes things like disposible razors. If
they remove something at that stage it is gone forever, they say you had fair
warning and they have too much to catalog so it's destroyed.

The above is based on flights in the last couple of weeks but I understand this
level of security is now common on all transatlantic flights. Also, it doesn't
really help if you ring the airline before, they say risk is assessed on a daily
basis so they can not gaurantee what you can and can't take.

Finally, all my checked bags going out arrived soaking wet, it was tipping down
with rain at Gatwick and I could see as they were loading the aircraft the bags
were not covered so if you are carrying anything paper then be sure to wrap it
in polythene or something similar.

David C



----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Israel" <amphicar770@yahoo.com>
To: <amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 3:43 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Amphicar Parts From Gord Souter


Hi All,

I previously mentioned that I had picked up a bunch of
parts from Gord Souter at rather reasonable (for
Amphicar stuff) prices.

Gord has a fairly large collection of new and used
parts that he is selling. He also has very nice
interior kits at $700 complete.

Anyway, I have posted Gord's list of available parts
and prices to the files area. You may access it at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/amphicar-lovers/files/Gord%20Souter%20Amphi%20Part
s.xls

Usual disclaimers apply. No affiliation with Gord
other than being a satisfied customer.

Mike Israel
65 Amphi (white)


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