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Author:  Elaine [ Tue Mar 18, 2003 8:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Traveling as a technician in heightened security

ANyone had any experience with this yet? Any tips, suggestions, pitfalls, etc.? I'm sure it's more difficult now, and I am nervous about what I will face.

Author:  BabsLights [ Thu Mar 20, 2003 4:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Traveling as a technician in heightened security

It's certainly a little more nerve-racking making sure you have checked the appropriate tools. Actually, since 9/11, I pretty much have a complete set of tools in one state where I work, and one set on the side, so I don't have to travel with them. And, if touring not by car, I must admit, I quite frankly don't take a lot of the stuff that I used to take. And when I get to the theater, I ask to borrow it if needed. The amount of time involved to explain some tools is enormous, let alone that which I already have to explain - glow tape (always stops em), lighting templates, mini disc player, etc.

Author:  Elaine [ Fri Mar 21, 2003 10:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Traveling as a technician in heightened security

Well, more specifically, are there issues about bring wrenches, etc.? Any other advice from folks? What are wardrobe people doing? Can you still carry a tutu in to the cabin? Sewing kit?

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Mar 21, 2003 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Traveling as a technician in heightened security

As a personal traveller in Europe, I know that scissors are always confiscated and discarded from hand luggage now and I suspect that the same would apply to anything that might be seen a weapon. However, scissors and, I assume, tools would be OK in cargo hold luggage in Europe.

Author:  salzberg [ Sat Mar 22, 2003 8:36 am ]
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I rarely take tools with me. At most, I carry a pocket knife, a multitool (knife, pliers, file, screwdriver, and -- that most important tool of all -- bottle opener, all in one tool), and a crescent wrench (although I rarely get/have to use the wrench).

What's absolutely indispensable to me, of course, is my computer. How did we ever do lighting design without them?

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Mar 22, 2003 8:59 am ]
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"...although I rarely get/have to use the wrench."

Does this mean that ADs and dancers are listening to you more these days Jeff?

<small>[ 22 March 2003, 09:59 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>

Author:  salzberg [ Sat Mar 22, 2003 11:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Traveling as a technician in heightened security

Actually, there's a technical term for dancers who don't listen to me: "dark".

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