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Old May 27th, 2010, 03:18 PM
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Does anyone of you have any trouble passing through new full body scanners at Vegas airport? How are they different from old scanners? What's the acceptable cash limit one should be carrying in order not to get in trouble? Any suggestions/ideas about carrying cash are welcome?
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Old May 27th, 2010, 03:53 PM
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Last I checked, it wasn't illegal to carry any amount of cash inside the country.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 04:07 PM
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Does anyone of you have any trouble passing through new full body scanners at Vegas airport? How are they different from old scanners? What's the acceptable cash limit one should be carrying in order not to get in trouble? Any suggestions/ideas about carrying cash are welcome?
If you're under $10k, you should be ok. Above that, you may want to consider wiring the money, traveler's checks, or an account with a national bank that has a local branch in Vegas.

That said, Vegas airport probably has a lot of people carrying a lot of cash.
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Last I checked, it wasn't illegal to carry any amount of cash inside the country.
You must be joking!

Vegas is the one place where you won't have a problem. You have to take the money out of your pockets and hold it over your head. It's other airports where it can be a major problem especially if you are young and/or ethnic.

The money will not show up in the scanner in your carryon so you may want to put it in your bag.
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You must be joking!

Vegas is the one place where you won't have a problem. You have to take the money out of your pockets and hold it over your head. It's other airports where it can be a major problem especially if you are young and/or ethnic.

The money will not show up in the scanner in your carryon so you may want to put it in your bag.
Its not illegal. But I'm not young or ethnic. Honestly, I've never had problems carrying large amounts of cash through an airport. (Okay, I'm not being totally honest... I don't usually go throught he scanners either.) But, its still not illegal.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 05:44 PM
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No, it is not illegal, but many players have had cash confiscated in airports. The DEA confiscates the money and then says, "Prove it isn't drug money." The players then have to hire a lawyer and fight to get the cash back. Eventually you get the money back but it is usually 5k in legal fees.

By the way, there is a very good thread at beyondcounting.com about how they confiscate money from your car with illegal search and seizures.
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By the way, there is a very good thread at beyondcounting.com about how they confiscate money from your car with illegal search and seizures.
Couldn't find the thread, can you please point out?
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The money will not show up in the scanner in your carryon so you may want to put it in your bag.
Are you sure about it?

The thing which I am uncertain is that what do you need to prove:
1) it is your own legal money, how about carrying bank receipts?
Or 2) Is it not drug money? How you can prove it?
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I was stopped this week for carrying 20K in cash — but what gave it away was the 20K in large chips that showed on the T S A monitor.

Be careful.

I had to talk my way out of it by offering a ton of proof that i was traveling to a Casino. It took awhile but I was early for my plane.
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I had the pleasure of encountering the full body scanner at McCarran Airport last month. Coming soon to an airport near you. Some lines of passengers are now directed to the scanner, and get a full patdown as well. You will be directed to take ALL contents out of your pockets, and put them through the conveyor belt. On protest, you will be allowed to pocket cash and other valuables, and put just your empty wallet or empty pouch on the conveyor belt. However, staff will not volunteer this information. I suggest putting all cash and chips in baggies, and carrying the baggies inside your bankroll pouch. Then before approaching the screening area, take out baggies, and put only them into your pockets, while putting your empty pouch and wallet in your carry-on bag or coat to go on the conveyor belt.

Or you may be able to avoid all of this by looking for a line that has no full body scanner. However, TSA staff routinely merge two adjacent lines, and then direct passengers from the combined line alternating between the regular metal detector and the full body scanner. They don't want to make it too easy to evade.

Check your dignity and any hope of receiving basic human respect at the door before you leave home.

By the way, with those machines they can see the size of your schwanzstücke.

I have no intention of letting my cash out of my grubby fingers, especially after reading reports of theft by TSA agents such as this (which came to my attention courtesy of another contributor):

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fed...ss=federal-eye

I have printed this article, and will carry it with me whenever traveling. It may be useful if I ever encounter TSA agents who try to insist that I put cash on the conveyor belt.

The following notice on the TSA Web site explains the requirement of completing a customs declaration when transporting $10,000 or more out of or into the United States. This impliedly acknowledges that it is lawful to carry any amount of currency WITHIN the United States, as well:

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...rial_1848.shtm

This one, "Traveling with Special Items," might also be helpful, as it impliedly says that you can keep your cash on your person, saying, "We recommend that you carry these items with you at all times:"

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...rial_1847.shtm

Here's a link to the ACLU's press release concerning the settlement of Bierfeldt vs. Napolitano, which stemmed from the March 29, 2009 incident in which Ron Paul's assistant was confined for a half hour, rudely interrogated, arrested, and then quickly un-arrested, for carrying cash through an airport:

http://www.aclu.org/national-securit...s?tab=legaldoc

This give information on two new TSA directives to its agents, issued in connection with the settlement. The first states that “screening may not be conducted to detect evidence of crimes unrelated to transportation security.” The second states that “traveling with large amounts of currency is not illegal,” and that to the extent bulk quantities of cash warrant searching, it is only to further security objectives. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to locate the full texts of these directives. Top secret, I suppose.

These directives appear to supersede the position taken by the TSA in the following press release, which asserted that the TSA had authority to investigate "movements of large amounts of cash through the checkpoint ... if suspicious activity is suspected":

http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/st_louis_aclu.shtm

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