I need to send a PVC pipe in my checked baggage. I want to store a rolled up painting inside it so buying one at my destination isn't a solution or option. I am worried that it looks like a missile or pipe bomb. Can it be placed in my checked in luggage without arising suspicion?
Here is what PVC pipe bombs look like under a modern X-ray (photos from here):
It does not look like it would be very difficult to distinguish an empty PVC pipe from a full one, but if you don't cap the ends it will be significantly less suspicious, and less likely to end in your luggage being delayed (or possibly blown up as a worst case). I suggest not capping the ends (and avoid packing it with electronics or things that show up black under an X-ray nearby).
The TSA guidelines does not mention anything regarding PVC pipes so the best option is to ask them directly.
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