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What is "near" in the cache guidelines?


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I realise then guidelines say not to hide caches near airports, and I totally understand why. My question is, when is a cache far away enough from an airport to be considered safe (and I realise our local reviewer will have the final word on this, but I am asking for general opinions)?

 

I am thinking about hiding a cache near our airport (small regional airport- XNA in NW Arkansas for those interested); there are several small woods along the approach roads, off airport property, which I think would be suitable for a large ammo can that is easy to find and might attract TBs and geocoins.

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Near is a subjective term. Too near to a small, community airport means something different than too near to a major international airport. In the latter case it could be a half mile or more. In the former case it could be a few feet.

 

The question is how likely is it that the cache would cause issues with the airport authorities. People searching for caches near an access road for O'Hare, LAX or Dulles are more likely to draw the attention of security than people searching in a field next to a local airport that services nothing more than crop dusters and single engine private planes.

 

In fact a cache near an LAX access road quite a distance from any runway resulted in the searchers being detained and questioned by the FBI. As I understand it the cache wasn't even on airport property.

 

If in doubt ask your reviewer before going through the trouble of placing it.

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Near is a subjective term. Too near to a small, community airport means something different than too near to a major international airport. In the latter case it could be a half mile or more. In the former case it could be a few feet.

 

The question is how likely is it that the cache would cause issues with the airport authorities. People searching for caches near an access road for O'Hare, LAX or Dulles are more likely to draw the attention of security than people searching in a field next to a local airport that services nothing more than crop dusters and single engine private planes.

 

It really does depend on not only the size of the airport but also the general layout. There's one at CDG airport in Paris that's fairly close to the main gate entrance but it's located near one of the airport hotels there.

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