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Southwest: bootbag with clothes instead of boots

post #1 of 8
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Simple question... I called Southwest and the agent was clueless.

I've looked at threads here from the past and can't find the answer either.

I'm flying into Denver from Boston.  Boston has been picky in the past, for Sept 11 reasons I guess.

 

If I carry my boots on the plane but check my bootbag (with other stuff in it) and skis, will they 

hassle me because ski clothes and goggles, etc, are all that are in the boot bag?

post #2 of 8

I'm not exactly clear on your question, but if you're asking if airlines care what is in a specific bag...no, no one cares.  Imagine you used boot bag for luggage to some other destination; would it make any difference that there were no boots in it?  No.  
Airlines only care (other than security issues) about size.  They don't monitor what is in what.  Otherwise, no one would be able to check used electronic boxes full of clothes -- and that happens all the time.   

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Simple question... I called Southwest and the agent was clueless.

I've looked at threads here from the past and can't find the answer either.

I'm flying into Denver from Boston.  Boston has been picky in the past, for Sept 11 reasons I guess.

 

If I carry my boots on the plane but check my bootbag (with other stuff in it) and skis, will they 

hassle me because ski clothes and goggles, etc, are all that are in the boot bag?

 

 

If the boot bag is your second checked bag, no problem.   Third checked bag,  would be pushing it.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

They say somewhere that boots are supposed to be in the boot bag.

You aren't supposed to use it as a third bag of clothing.

But if I take my boots out for the flight, there's all that room left empty.

Why not stuff ski pants and jacket, or something like that, in there?

 

But if they are going to check inside it and charge me for a third piece of luggage if boots are not in there, I want to know that ahead of time.

Does anyone have experience with this, one way or the other?

post #5 of 8

Experience: I always put my boots in the carry-on and other stuff in the boot bag. So far no agent ever opened it. However, I only put in that bag items I can leave behind if challenged.

 

I think the rule is you're suppose to put ONLY boots in the boot bag. The fact no agent had ever check the content is a practice that could change from flight to flight. As they say: 

 

"Past performance is no guarantee of future return"  

post #6 of 8

SW's baggage policy is quite lenient

What kind of expedition are you taking,  that requires 100lbs+ of gear?

If they open the boot bag, which I've never seen happen. You deserve the $75 3rd bag fee, they levy.

post #7 of 8

I fly quite a bit and though the TSA or other security agencies regularly open bags, sometimes calling you to witness their inspection - or leaving a TSA love note to tell you that they pawed through your possessions - I never witnessed the airline searching checked baggage. That said, your boots are supposed to be in the boot bag to get covered as part of their ski sports baggage policy. I'm no fan of the the airlines and I think that it should be OK to put other stuff like clothes or tools in the ski carrier or boot bag, but would be on their side if they found a boot bag with only clothes and charged for it. 

 

Southwest not only has a good checked-bag policy but also has the most liberal carry-on policy that I'm aware of. Most airlines specify 45 total inches with no dimension exceeding 22 x 14 x 9 and most, except for United, are usually not too aggressive in checking the dimensions (United does vigorously enforce their 21 x 14 x 9 limit and will make you check a bag that exceeds any of those dimensions).

 

My boot bag is always a carry-on on the outbound flight, and has my overpants, googles, long underwear, socks and my helmet. My hand luggage is a smaller underseat bag with sundry clothing items that I can't get in the boot bag (underwear, gloves, etc), some TSA-sized toiletries, meds and eye stuff and my electronic devices and camera. If my checked bags - skis and a large rolling duffel with my clothing and all the other stuff needed for a week or so of skiing - get delayed, I have everything I need to comfortably ski on rentals for a day or two. I expect this is the same routine for most folks headed out on a ski vacation.

post #8 of 8
I fly to Utah on southwest with a roller duffel bag and throw my boots in there with most of my ski gear then I carry two pairs of skis in a ski bag and use a backpack as carry on to hold my boots and gear when I go to the resort never had any issues
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