Can you take a raspberry pi without a case on a plane, or will TSA or other flag you for having something that looks scary?

  • This is way off topic for the site, as there is no good answer. It'll depend a lot on what the RPi is doing (does it have a bunch of loose wires?), how jumpy the TSA agent(s) are, and how much you "look" like a terrorist.
    – Jacobm001
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 15:35
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    Considering this is more a question about the TSA, maybe it would be better migrated to the Travel site? Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 16:07
  • Yes i recomend travel.
    – sir_ian
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 16:11

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You probably can.

According to this forum post on Raspberry Pi, many have done this without an issue. Many, have sent boards with them through the air with little-to-no TSA people interrupting them. I would personally recommend you get a case for it, whether it be a paper fold-out, or a plastic one which I use here.

EDIT: This is all an opinion, I can't validate that every time they won't get on to you, but from what others have stated online, whether it be true or not, you shouldn't have a big ordeal when flying with a Pi. As @Jacobm001 mentioned above in the comment, this isn't a good question for this site, and it can't have a solid answer.

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    So if many people have done it without an issue and you don't mention any reason why not, why the headline "probably not"? Wouldn't "probably" be a better answer?
    – Mark Smith
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 15:48
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    I was referring to the end of his question "will TSA or other flag you for having something that looks scary?". I did edit it for clarity though. @MarkSmith
    – Dylan
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 15:51

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