Aug 12 2008
One of the things I picked up at Shmoocon 2007 was some lock pics. I’ve played with them some, but really the set I picked up at Shmoo was too small and I wanted a bigger set to play with. So when I found out that they weren’t going to charge for the press passes at Defcon this year, I spent most of the money on a really nice set of picks from Southern Ordanance. That only left me with one minor problem: how to get them home.
Ax0n has a nice article on how he got his picks home, but my solution was even simpler. The central post on my tripod lost the bottom plug and all of the picks fit easily within. A piece of duct tape over the bottom of the post and I was done. When I got home, all I had to do was take the tape off and they came right out. I did have to rely on the TSA not noticing the pick case, but seeing how it’s just a case with a small bar of metal in it, I wasn’t too worried, and rightly so. I rested the leather case on top of the tripod and they never even questioned it. I did have my bags re-scanned several times on the way home, but the tripod and the picks it contained didn’t get a second glance.
For whatever reason the TSA did feel like checking out the dirty laundry in my checked luggage, but if that’s what makes them happy, more power to them. That’s why I almost never check luggage anyways.