Posted Fri May 4, 2012 12:55 AM
Yeah me too.
I often carry electronics too. I've learned to check batteries and such. But they will often freak out over wires, development boards and such...
Most of the time, they call somebody over, and then I get waved through. Once in a while somebody just doesn't get it, and it's ugly.
One time, in San Jose, they went nuts! I was coming back from an expo and had a fair amount of gear. They spread it all on a table and started grilling me! I got so frustrated I started giving wierd names to the stuff just to see whether or not they actually understood or were just profiling me.
They were totally bluffing, profiling the whole way! They would point to something, and I would say, "Oh yeah! That's my flux capacitor", something else, "Dilithium Crystals", etc... Was hilarious, and I so wish I had video!
If this happens, smile and express genuine interest in helping them to understand what is what. They will read you more than the gear. As for fat batteries? Check 'em. They generally trigger on "D" cells, but they won't blink at one of those RC car battery packs. Bundle up the wires neatly, so they don't see a mess on the screen.
Interestingly, neat packing works. Every time I was searched, I was in a hurry and the stuff was just jumbled in there. When it's neat, perhaps batteries and massive stuff on one side, wires packaged, gear on the other, no issues. Also you can put massive things like batteries in the tray. When they see them, they don't look twice. A battery looks like a battery.