Hi all, I'm flying Jet Blue, Boston to Denver in early Feb. My intention was to take a small backpack AND my boots over my shoulder(vs in the side pockets of a bootbag) as carry on. Any thoughts on the chances that this will work?
A lot of people don't like to check their boots and always carry them on because if they get lost and don't make it you are screwed.
So many tears caused by people checking boots. You can rent/buy everything else - carry your boots. Check a "boot bag" for free if you'd like - but don't risk a trip on checked boots.
I'd REALLY do not want to check my boots. The plan is to carry on my boots via a strap over my shoulder AND carry a smallish backpack. (if I have to, I'll check the backpack before checking the boots.
I leave next Weds. so Ill let you know how it goes.
Yes it would probably work:
FYI, I don't carry bags onto a plane generally, or skimp with a "small bag of clothes" per one of the replies. Nor do I attempt to pack clothes into ski bags with skis (which have edges that can cut clothes); where you're at the mercy of the bag handlers or TSA, which find a way of sometimes breaking apart the most sturdy of ski cases (or not closing them properly after inspection). In the final analysis, an extra $50 or $70 onto the cost of a week long ski trip isn't going to bankrupt most people.
As far as screwage is concerned, any bag lost/delayed on a ski trip is an issue. It's true that boots are small and expensive - but who would want someone else's ski boots? Lost ski boots aren't a treat but alot easier to mitigate than losing the bag with your clothing gear.
To be clear - no airline should give you grief for bringing your boots into the cabin in an appropriately sized bag under the carry-on weight limit.
You realize you can bring two backpacks plus a "personal item" as carry-on at no cost on all US airlines I'm aware of?
My usual method is a 30 liter Ski pack (helmet strapped to it), with a 35 liter carry on, and a checked Ski bag.
I can get my boots + ski clothes into the 35L pack, use the 30L for snacks/overflow/change of street clothes/laptop
Ski bag gets skis+poles+daily wear.
I carry a large backpack and my boots. I would wear my boots on the plane before I gave them, but gate agents seem to know better than to try to take away ski boots. The only thing I really need to check is my skis. Sometimes I rent skis, and I have done 8 day trips with a carry on only.
My skis have been lost maybe 5 times in 35+ trips, but my shoes went missing for 48 hours the only time I checked them.