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post #31 of 39
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Originally Posted by ssm949 View Post
 

I always take the time to observe TSA during their inspection and coach them to put everything back properly after their inspection. By only keeping skis/poles in the tube, you can mitigate a lot of risk of things going awry during this process.

 

Having had TSA murder my careful ski packing jobs in the past, this statement is of interest to me. How do you do that? In my experience they just take the skis in the bag and they disappear into a back room somewhere. There is no opportunity for the peanut gallery to observe, let alone comment. Do you fly out of a teeny-tiny airport? Or am I just not paying proper attention?

post #32 of 39

I only recall TSA inspecting my skis where I could see them a few times, and I don't recall which airports.  Even then I got the impression I wasn't supposed to hover.

 

My ski packing goals have changed in the modern world.  Now the goal is to make it easy for TSA to inspect, and easy for them to get the bag closed again.  I've seen open sporttubes come out at luggage claim enough times to make me decide I don't want one.

post #33 of 39


With regards to TSA... oversized bagage screening is always accessible. Sometimes though, skis go through regular screen. If you see a desk agent putting your skis on the back belt at check-in, just ask if you can take them to oversized. This way you can observe the process, which generally only takes a few minutes.

You cannot be next to your skis or touch your equipment but when the TSA screener starts pulling the wrong end apart or attempts to remove the skis completely, you can guide them on the correct steps. At that time, usually a screener familiar with the equipment jumps in.

I have never been to an airport, big or small, where I can't observe this process. When I fly out of airports like Vail/Eagle (EGE) though, I don't bother. I figure they know how to deal with skis. I live in Tahoe, and I still watch Reno closely. Most of my ski trips are international. The only place I see skis messed with internationally is Toronto, returning to the US.

Airports where I have traveled with a sportube and observed TSA:
LAX, SFO, RNO, DEN, SLC, EWR, PHL, BOS, DCA, ATL, SNA, ABE, YYZ

post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by ssm949 View Post
 


With regards to TSA... oversized bagage screening is always accessible. Sometimes though, skis go through regular screen. If you see a desk agent putting your skis on the back belt at check-in, just ask if you can take them to oversized. This way you can observe the process, which generally only takes a few minutes.

You cannot be next to your skis or touch your equipment but when the TSA screener starts pulling the wrong end apart or attempts to remove the skis completely, you can guide them on the correct steps. At that time, usually a screener familiar with the equipment jumps in.

I have never been to an airport, big or small, where I can't observe this process. When I fly out of airports like Vail/Eagle (EGE) though, I don't bother. I figure they know how to deal with skis. I live in Tahoe, and I still watch Reno closely. Most of my ski trips are international. The only place I see skis messed with internationally is Toronto, returning to the US.

Airports where I have traveled with a sportube and observed TSA:
LAX, SFO, RNO, DEN, SLC, EWR, PHL, BOS, DCA, ATL, SNA, ABE, YYZ


Good to know.

 

I've been flying out of RDU, usually via BWI or MDW, with no problems.  Used to find a TSA inspection card in the Sportube 2 all the time.  Not the last couple trips.  Only difference is that my Sportube is now covered in assorted ski resort stickers from SE, NE, and the Rockies.

post #35 of 39

Never had a problem with the sportubes.  I've only been able to observe what they were doing at Bozeman, simply because it's a small airport.  I have an older model tube with 79mm skis, and they are a SNUG fit, so I figured it may be entertaining to watch.  They had less problems getting them back in than I did, so the crew there obviously has experience with them.  At some warm-weather, flat-land airports, the TSA people probably don't have that kind of experience.  But there is NO excuse for them not getting things back together.  I'm convinced some TSA people just really don't give a shit and are there only for a paycheck, and are probably next to useless when it comes to actually providing any real safety at the airports.

 

I have small TSA locks that have approx. 3" long cables, never had an issue with them even when the two halves of the tubes slide a bit.

post #36 of 39

One thing I did add a couple years ago was a stout string that keeps the locking clip attached to the Sportube.

post #37 of 39
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One thing I did add a couple years ago was a stout string that keeps the locking clip attached to the Sportube.


Excellent idea!!

post #38 of 39
I guess the Sportube is not the most elegantly designed consumer product, actually by a pretty significant margin, but it sort of gets the job done, and there is no real like-kind competition.
post #39 of 39
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Excellent idea!!

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

One thing I did add a couple years ago was a stout string that keeps the locking clip attached to the Sportube.

Just did that , Great Idea Thanks 

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