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Ski boots in carry-on: boot bag required?

post #1 of 11
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Hi,

 

Haven't flown with ski gear in a few years so I'm curious if airlines are still allowing boots in carry-on without a bag? I've done this in the past without issue even though the airline websites say a bag is required.

 

Flying Air Canada domestic if it makes a difference. Have a Dakine Concourse double ski bag with one pair of skis and all my clothes, outerwear and avalanche safety gear plus a backpack with clothes only and my ski boots. Hoping to only have to pay to check the ski bag.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 11

You helmet, ski boots and ski clothes should be in your back pack that you carry on the plane with you. Do not allow the airlines to handle them.

 

When they lose your skis, you can rent skis at the resort, you can't rent boots that fit as good as yours.

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post
 

You helmet, ski boots and ski clothes should be in your back pack that you carry on the plane with you. Do not allow the airlines to handle them.

 

When they lose your skis, you can rent skis at the resort, you can't rent boots that fit as good as yours.

 

Yeah good point. Even though this is a domestic point to point flight into a small airport (Vancouver to Terrace) you never know if the airline with lose bags. I'll swap clothes around so my backpack has skiing essentials. Mostly concerned about if Air Canada if going to hassle me for showing up with ski boots around my shoulders? They are AT boots so I could always just wear them on the plane hahaha.

post #4 of 11

Yea, I think you'll want to have the boots in a bag or get a bigger back pack.

 

I have a Mountainsmith back pack that fit's my gear and still fits in the over head. Unless you make scene I doubt they'll say anything if the pack is a little over size. I wear my ski jacket as my coat to the airport.

post #5 of 11

For what it's worth, SO and I flew a couple of weeks ago on United. Boots over shoulders for both of us, no issue.

post #6 of 11
Boots carried on loose are fine. However, I carry a bootbag with my boots, socks, gloves, and some other small stuff as my carry-on item. I also carry a backpack with my shell jacket, ski pants, base layer, and my helmet as my personal item.
post #7 of 11

Flying to SLC last week there were two pair of loose boots in the overhead bin across the aisle from me.

 

Carrying them loose is sub-optimal for a couple reasons:  you only get one personal item and if you put them in a bag you can fit other useful things like gloves, helmets, googles, etc.  And, the loose boots kept on falling out every time someone opened the  bin - I don't think you want to clobber one of your fellow travelers with one of your boots.

post #8 of 11
I put my boots all the way in at the back of the compartment then put my carry-on in front or on top of them. Uses the space well, and no fear of them falling out. I even got a "well done" from the flight attendant in JH the other day. Lol. You do have to be careful when removing them. Some short lady squeezed in under me last flight, I did not see her and almost hit her on the head. She was definitely in my personal space, though.
post #9 of 11

I've found that on short flights into small airports the small planes won't take standard carryons. Those are still free (unless the airline is charging for carryons but you have to gate check them and pick them up either on the tarmac or at the airplane end of the jetway. I don't have a problem with my boots being handled this way but if you do than you would want your boots as your personal item separate from your standard carryon bag. (I travel with my boots in a standard carryon suitcase.

post #10 of 11

I carry on my boots loose as my personal item. Those, a carry on roller for the majority of my ski clothing and gear, then a checked double ski bag. 

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

It was no problem on an Air Canada Dash-8, YVR to Terrace. Had to pay $25 each way to check my ski bag which was stuffed with clothes and avy gear. Carried on 42L backpack and boots, since the overhead is so small on those planes they let you check your carry-on for free as you walk out to the plane.

 

Decent skiing up there, better shape than Whistler but not by much.

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