I am looking for experiences in people who recently travelled to Hurghada or Luxor with bins and scopes. Are they allowed or hassle/confiscated at the customs? Pack them in carry-on luggage or checked luggage?
As you may be aware, in the last few years, some people are getting them confiscated (until their return flight) at the airport in Hurghada; it's not as bad as Cairo, but it still happens. When I had a migratory soaring bird contract about 4 years ago, all our team (c. 15 - 20) got through both airports fine, but since then I understand it's got pretty bad. There is some discussion of it on the FB Birding in Egypt group. Basically, it's a gamble and the odds aren't good. :-(
This never used to be a problem - I have taken bins and scope on all three of my Egyptian birding trips but all were 20 years or more ago.
Same problem is reported frequently in Jordan and less often in Tunisia, and of course binoculars are not allowed into Algeria. It puts you off going to these places.