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Jet Blue/Carrying boots on by hand? Any recent experiences?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

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?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 18

Should be fine - if you're really worried - bring a tote bag to put the boots into.

post #3 of 18
We just came back from Utah on Jet Blue, and the first checked bag was free, unlike most other airlines for domestic flights. And if you are carrying a ski bag and a boot bag, they qualify as 1 piece of luggage, so you can check both of them in for free. And then bring a small suitcase or bag with clothes and such as a carry-on. You may know this already, but I figured I'll mention it just in case smile.gif.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.  I really appreciate the feedback.

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by alenchic View Post

We just came back from Utah on Jet Blue, and the first checked bag was free, unlike most other airlines for domestic flights. And if you are carrying a ski bag and a boot bag, they qualify as 1 piece of luggage, so you can check both of them in for free. And then bring a small suitcase or bag with clothes and such as a carry-on. You may know this already, but I figured I'll mention it just in case smile.gif.

 

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.

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
 

 

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.

post #7 of 18
Hmm, I never thought of that... I guess I always carry so much luggage on ski trips that NOT checking them in would be difficult. So do airlines really allow you to just carry them in?
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

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.

post #9 of 18

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.

post #10 of 18
just came back from Telluride on United. carried on boots in backpack no issues
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post

just came back from Telluride on United. carried on boots in backpack no issues


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.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by smokee View Post
 

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.


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?

post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Magi View Post
 


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?

Actually, I didn't know this.  Thanks for pointing it out.

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by smokee View Post
 

Actually, I didn't know this.  Thanks for pointing it out.

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.

post #15 of 18

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.   

 

BK

post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 

Back from my trip and I'm happy to report zero issues with jet blue, carrying my boots over my shoulder and also carrying on a back pack.  

 

Thanks for all of the input.

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Magi View Post


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?

I believe it's actually 1 carry on and 1 personal item on most airlines.
post #18 of 18
I'm flying to Denver in a few weeks and was worried about getting all my stuff into 2 bags so I did a 'dry run'.

I'm putting my boots into my normal carry on roller bag. I can fit all my baselayer stuff and ski socks into the boots, and still get my ski pants and jacket into the suitcase (barely) as well. Probably my gloves as well.

So all my ski gear can fit into my normal flight bag and then I'll bring a backpack with my helmet, goggles and extra clothes I won't have a ton of extra space, but if I can get my ski gear and clothes in I'm good. No laptop for this trip...

Would like to buy a better boot bag in the future, but money is tight right now unfortunately...
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