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This is something you will need to talk directly to the airline about, or a specialist freight carrier or courier. Most airlines offer a high value item service, where special care and attention is taken with your item, and most airlines will be able to work with you for any specific requirements you require - for example, a controlled environment et al. ...


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Drive. Insurance won't help with something you can't replace and may not have time to repair, and you don't want the stress dealing with the risks of handing over control. Do yourself a favour and drive your satellite yourself; with at least two (preferably three) drivers you can easily drive 2000 km in two days and by driving you save yourself a lot of ...


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Source: I had a small hand in a cubesat built in West Virginia and was around during launch integration preparation. Our contract lead filed paperwork ahead of time with the TSA. (Various forms, I wish I knew what exactly they were, but it was a waiting game.) The forms outlined the capabilities of the cubesat, who would be transporting it, what dates and ...


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Contact a parcel carrier such as UPS, DHL, Fedex, etc. They all have options for delivering high value items which may or may not meet your needs. For instance, DHL offers a separate delivery vehicle with two drivers and live GPS tracking along the way. UPS has "UPS Express Critical" service for perishable goods with guaranteed schedule and controlled ...


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I'd say driving is probably preferable, but our lab has transported cubesats as hand luggage on commercial flights before. We use the same type of packaging as you describe. I think you'd be surprised at the variety of things TSA see. They may not have seen a cubesat before, but they've definitely seen plenty of weird stuff, including electronics. If you go ...


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As the Global Entry only pertains to Immigration and not Customs I'm not sure where you get this impression from. It is a program run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and as part of your privileges, you can complete your customs declaration on the kiosks and subject to less immigration and customs inspection. one would expect the withdrawl of Global ...


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The word you're looking for is supercargo That is a human: the responsible person whose job it is to physically escort the cargo. It is perfectly common when you have a high-6-digit payload like this. Recognize that the valuation is not your material costs with labor free. Valuation is the cost of having Rocketdyne or Boeing build you another one at ...


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For shipping and transportation, your greatest risk for misadventure is not on the long-haul part of the journey, but at the hand-offs. Damage is most likely to happen during loading and unloading, during shifting and settling at the beginning of a journey and through mishandling in hubs and depots. Items don't get "lost" during transit. They got lost as ...


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The TSA aproved lock will/should be opened with a key by the TSA agents. In Europe those locks may be broken if airport security wants to check the contents of the case, although sometimes the owner is asked to be there when the case is opened and can unlock it themselves. Your travel insurance may cover those costs. People sometimes chose not to lock their ...


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There are two aspects here: the lock, and the way to open/close the case. The lock being TSA-approved means that TSA can use one of their master keys to unlock them (and, in theory, lock them back once they're finished). No surprise there, they shouldn't need to break anything if the lock is functional. The closing mechanism. It seems to be very similar to ...


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Jcaron hit that in his comment. If your university can afford their own private jet they have enough cash to: Pay for delicate cargo delivery with all service. Large, precious, expensive assemblies are being transported all the time. It is safe, it is usual, it is just not cheap. Fly the grounded plane on their own since it will be a cargo flight, excluded ...


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When your flight (Alaska 250) lands at LAX Terminal 6, you will follow a sterile corridor to Terminal 7, where you will go through immigration, baggage claim and customs (and then drop your checked bags for your connecting flight, if you're on a single booking). You will then go out the doors into the Terminal 7 arrivals hall. You have to go back upstairs to ...


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(if it works like in any other international airport) When going thru security, your parents will have to put the laptop in a separate bin to pass xray for security scan. So have your parent unbox it before going to the airport and have them carry it like any other electronic device (also have the power cord with them) At best it passes like gazillion ...


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This airport doesn't have an airside pedestrian access, nor airside buses or trams. All transfers between terminals are accomplished by exiting the terminal and taking shuttle buses that run regularly around the airport from one terminal to the next. Assuming your first flight has departure from a US airport, whether you'll go through security again at Ft. ...


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I'm really struggling to understand what you're asking here. It seems like you're asking how to avoid dogs. TSA can utilize whatever methods are approved for screening and to reduce wait times. Whether it be letting dogs go through groups, waiving groups over from the regular to pre-check lines, skipping people out of the body scanner to the magnetometer, ...


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FLL is in the process of building airside corridors between its four terminals. However, at this time only one of them is complete, that between T3 and T4. The rest are expected to be completed by 2022. If you stay in the same terminal, or if you are going between T3 and T4, you won't have to clear security again (unless you arrive on an international ...


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Checked baggage is a risk no matter how well you pack it...and if you disclose that it's both delicate and very valuable, the airline's T&C will require that you execute a Waiver of Liability before they'll carry it. Thus, treat it as though it's a irreplaceable musical instrument: a) Make sure CubeSat's container can be easily opened so you can ...


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You can see that alongside the tumblers there is also a small keyhole. That accepts TSA keys. Assuming the lock itself is not broken, the TSA should have no trouble opening it. That's what being a TSA-approved lock means. So within the US, you should have nothing to worry about. If they have to break in, then yes it's likely that would destroy the lock (or ...


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The IATA published an article regarding hand sanitizer limits (emphasis mine, grammar & spelling corrected): The total net quantity of all such articles carried by each passenger or crew member under the provisions of 2.3.5.1 must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L and the net quantity of every single article must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 L. Release valves on ...


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Since your University was going to use a private jet for this transfer, I think it would be more consistent to ask university administrators about a similar alternative. I don't see how they would approve of a personal vehicle being used for university business as a cargo truck. Nor would they sign off on using a standard airfare on a commercial airliner. ...


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Congrats on participating in such a nice project. Only one person can tell you what is best to do, and this is your boss/professor/supervisor aka the person in charge and resposible for this project. Ask her and do what she says. All option are actually fine and the chance of the thing getting damaged is really low, but if it gets damaged you want to have ...


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If your duty-free item is in a sealed red-bordered bag, then it will pass through security at Dublin pre-clearance with no problems. Where you might have a problem is if you have a connecting flight after you land in the US. If you have to go through security again, which may be the case at some airports, TSA will not accept this, (my understanding is that ...


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This is less an airline issue than it is a TSA issue. That is, the airline would (if you were carrying a firearm) want to make sure it's in a TSA-approved fashion. Since it's just a part, it's really up to the TSA to decide whether it goes through or not: Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, ...


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On March 25 2020 Hawai'ian Airlines suspended it's 'Ohana service to and from Kapalua Airport as part of its systemwide reduction in service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and it doesn't look like it will resume anytime soon. In addition Mokulele Airlines has reduced its service from 10 flights a day to three with Honolulu service only. 'Ohana ...


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