I have never had a problem with my Lifelines before, but I have only been checked in Havasu by the local cops. I new that the Lifelines were not certified by the Coast Guard, but I always assumed that they could see they were much better than what is required. I guess you ran into an a$$hole. I can't believe they would ticket you for that. I always carry about 10 jackets on board anyways so I guess I am covered.