I just received a question about taking spotlights on flights from fellow mammal watcher Greg Easton, and thought I might see what others’ experience has been. In August, when I was meeting Jon in Vegas for his Southwest mammal trip, I had my spotlight confiscated at the Boise airport. They pulled it from my checked bag and held it at check-in, but would not allow me to take it. (My wife drove out and picked it up for me).
Anyhow, they said the regulation is as such: If it is a high-powered spotlight and has a battery, the battery must be removed and in a separate bag. If the battery is removed, it’s ok to go. Has anyone else encountered this? If not, you may want to consider removing the batteries on high-powered lights if you’re in the U.S.
Then again, they also confiscated my peanut butter on that same flight so maybe it was just not my lucky day.