Aug 12 2008

Getting lock picks home

Published by at 12:32 pm under Government

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.

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4 Responses to “Getting lock picks home”

  1. ax0non 12 Aug 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Good call, and it all boils down to the same problem. X-Rays don’t penetrate metal. Any metal-enshrouded crevice you can cram your forbidden goods into is fair game.

  2. Peteron 12 Aug 2008 at 5:38 pm

    It’s sad that just having lock picking tools on your person gets you branded as a terrorist. What are you going to do, unlock the coffee cart.
    I still remember around 1980 when my father carried a chainsaw on an airplane (in the passenger compartment) to return it to a friend. Oh how times have changed.

  3. That was dangerouson 15 Aug 2008 at 10:42 am


    Re: Chainsaw in the passenger compartment

    Reminds me of other dangerous things like that (e.g.; volatile fuel). I once observed some bring a lead acid car battery onto an airplane and stuff it into the overhead compartment. Go figure. GOes to show that there is limited protection against people who do not understand the risks of their behavior.

  4. Muffinson 07 Apr 2012 at 11:07 am

    Any possibility the post from ax0n could get re-kindled? It seems to be down, I keep getting the error message below when trying to view it. I’m heading to a big security competition soon and it’d be nice to have my picks with me. Unfortunately I’m not in press and as such have no tripod >.> Was hoping I could see what ax0n recommended.

    Thanks for the post!

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