I don't want to become known as the "tiny rocks bomber"
December 3, 2010 7:03 PM Subscribe
I want to give some trinitite
as a Christmas gift. This involves transporting it across state lines. Am I going to run into problems?
posted by kagredon to travel & transportation (8 answers total)
I'm putting in an order to a minerals site, which also happens to sell trinitite (a quick search through various hobbyist newsgroups says that this is a reliable supplier, so I'm not too concerned about getting a counterfeit.)
I think it'd make a fun Christmas present for my boyfriend. Trouble is, if I bundle it in with my current order (saves on shipping), I'd have to find some way to transport it across states (in the U.S.) That means either packing it when I fly down later this month, or mailing it. Are either of these going to cause problems? Trinitite is only mildly radioactive (and I'd only be getting a small sample), but I'm still concerned about running into problems with TSA/USPS. I suppose an alternative would be to put in a separate order and have it shipped directly to him, but I'd prefer the cheaper/more convenient route of packing it with me. Can I do this, or should I just suck up the separate shipping cost? Is it better to carry on or throw it into a checked bag?