When clearing a dock and leaving for another system/station, sometimes a systems authority vessel comes close and initiates a scan for illegal cargo and similar.

What if this scan comes in when I'm already charging the frame shift drive, should I abort to let the vessel complete its scan? Will I incur a fine if I jump in the middle of the scan?

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No. Leaving before a scan completes is not a crime. You will not be fined for evading a scan, intentionally or otherwise.

  • I think there may be some sort of exception to this rule in relation to checkpoints in systems in a state of lockdown, but I'm not entirely sure. I'll look into that tonight. For the general case, though, you don't have to worry.
    – Unionhawk
    May 15, 2015 at 14:15
  • Now that I think about it, in the case of a checkpoint, you're interdicted by system authority, and you would probably be unable to evade scan in time due to FSD cooldown.
    – Unionhawk
    May 15, 2015 at 14:22
  • OK, thanks, just trying to piece together why I have sometimes gotten a fine or been attacked by the system vessels, guess I must have done something else wrong. I am still totally new to the game and I just learned that what is legal cargo in one system was illegal in another (trading tobacco from Eravate to LHS 3447), so perhaps that was it. May 15, 2015 at 14:35
  • @LasseV.Karlsen Possibly, I'm not sure. You can check the legal status of cargo in the system map (click on a station controlled by the main faction of the system), and also in the cargo tab of the right panel. The only other real possibility would be docking violations.
    – Unionhawk
    May 15, 2015 at 14:45

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