My brothers coming to visit me and I thought maybe I could have him bring my bookshelves from home instead of having to buy new ones. I was gonna call southwest tomorrow and see if they allow home audio speakers to be checked in as luggage, but just wanted to see if anyone has had experience with this. Also, even if they do allow it, do I run any type of risk as far as them being damaged by whatever machines they use to scan and check bags for bombs or whatever?
If they're not small speakers, you'll pay an arm and a leg for air freight.
They'll almost certainly be subject to x-rays. The TSA can open any package, without cause, for closer inspection and the wiring and magnets inside may lead them to do so. If they do, will your brother repackage them at the airport? If they decide you can't ship them, will your brother miss his flight? Leave the speakers at the airport?
It's simpler to use a parcel service: UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, etc.. Their flights don't carry passengers and aren't subject to those stringent security measures.
Now if you want to piss off the TSA, take and make a Peanut butter sandwich, then place in a baggie. It shows up the same as explosives made with Peanut oil., Then add in a loose coil of wire and a 9 volt battery, they will go nuts, when seen on x-ray.
And again, speakers and other electronic equipment is shipped all of the time on aircraft, and do not meet the criteria that you pulled off the web.
Tell that to speaker and driver manufacturers who have to deal with the matter first hand. I was made aware of the issue by speakerhardware.com, who has had driver shipments rejected by airlines when they did not meet maximum flux leakage requirements. And airline security is never a joking matter. I lost friends on 9/11. Did you? Or is that a funny subject too? Hey, how about having some real fun, let's all go down to the nearest shopping mall wearing masks and carrying fake M15s!
Agree 100% Bill.
The other element being ignored is the layered security. The TSA folks managing the passenger scanning lines aren't the only layer, and they certainly aren't always aware of the less frequently encountered items like those potentially containing magnets. A lot of airline employees don't know the details either.
You read stories weekly about people clowning around in the airport, getting pulled by security and at minimum going through a lot of unnecessary hassle while disrupting the rest of the traveling public. You'd think people would realize it isn't a joking matter.