Hi There Reid, from my own experience, when I used to travel with my EIS 
generator I used to put it in checked baggage for exactly the reasons you post 
!!!!!     It never got notice or stolen, if any of the baggage handlers, who if 
they saw it, would not know what to do with it, additionally I never put all 
the parts together in one place !!!!     As you say all the necessary parts, 
except the sliver rods, which I carried with me in my carry on which were 
placed in foil, were easily replaceable, I was a travelling sales person, if 
one may say so, setting generators up for those who wanted them for themselves 
and did not know how to make them or were too lazy to do so !!!!!
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