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post #1 of 19
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How much will the airlines let someone put in a board bag or ski bag? I've got an oversized bag and can put some clothes into. Between that and a carry on, I'd be good to go. Can i get away with this if the weight isn't an issue?
post #2 of 19

Like any bag - 50lbs.

post #3 of 19

All the airlines say you aren't supposed to, but I pack my ski bag with snow boots, 2 bags of clothes, my helmet and my empty ski boot bag (my boots are in my large carry on), and no one at Alaska has ever blinked an eye. Who knows if you might get a gate agent having a bad day though, so if you can be discreet (try to make everything smooth, not lumpy, and if you have mesh use black plastic bags) all the better. 

post #4 of 19
Sometimes they will lift your bag and say there's more than one pair of skis in here, open it up, but it isn't common. When it happens, you are charged. Alot. I don’t put anything extra in with skis, and one piece of heavy fleece around boots, in a checked bootbag, and if they whine, I wear it. I think some airlines allow the helmet to be packed with either skis or boots. I don't do the carry on thing. If someone wants to steal my boots, they will be punished by a lifetime of toenail fungus.

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post #5 of 19

I wrap my skis in clothes, just to pad them. My bag doesn't have much padding so if any one said anything that's what I'd say. I don't abuse it. Never had anyone complain.

post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by stevescho View Post

... I don't do the carry on thing. If someone wants to steal my boots, they will be punished by a lifetime of toenail fungus...

 

Most people don't carry on their boots avoid theft, they do it to avoid having the airline lose the one really custom thing they are taking with them. Renting skis is much better than renting boots.

 

That said, I'll echo the airline policies about not having anything in the bag other than skis. Check your airline's policy. I haven't flown much with my skis, but I was once asked if I had anything else in with them. (Although I have a SportTube, so there really isn't any room for anything else anyway.)

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Here's what it says on Delta's website. The verbiage suggests they aren't picky about what's in there provided I don't overdue it on weight. Thoughts? Experiences?



Ski and snowboard equipment are allowed as checked baggage. One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag and one boot bag is accepted per person. The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 50 lbs. or excess weight charges will apply. Linear dimensions may exceed 80 inches (203 cm) without excess size charges. All standard baggage charges apply.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by jmcdtucson View Post
 

I wrap my skis in clothes, just to pad them. My bag doesn't have much padding so if any one said anything that's what I'd say. I don't abuse it. Never had anyone complain.


I do the same.  Never has anyone uttered a peep about it.

post #9 of 19
I have a double ski bag. On recent trip I put in one pair of skis, poles, boots, jacket, pants, helmet, and base layers stuffed in the boots. Weighed 48 lbs. Except for looking at the weight no one said a thing. This was on Air France.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post

Here's what it says on Delta's website. The verbiage suggests they aren't picky about what's in there provided I don't overdue it on weight. Thoughts? Experiences?



Ski and snowboard equipment are allowed as checked baggage. One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag and one boot bag is accepted per person. The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 50 lbs. or excess weight charges will apply. Linear dimensions may exceed 80 inches (203 cm) without excess size charges. All standard baggage charges apply.

 

Sounds to me like the weight is all that matters. 

 

Just as an example, this (from American Airlines) is the kind of thing to look out for : 

 

"Your boot bag can be up to 45 inches (length + width + height) and must contain only boots/bindings, helmet and life preserver. If you put anything else in your boot bag, you’ll have to pay an excess baggage fee. You may be asked to open your bag at the airport."

 

American doesn't say that about the ski bag though, just the boot bag.

post #11 of 19

In my experience, the airlines really are only concerned about the weight. I use a double Sportube, and on most Delta or United flights, it's been weighed when I checked it in. Southwest doesn't seem to care and has never done that. Two skis, poles, a few tools and some nylon straps (in case it doesn't fit inside the rental car at my destination), tip the scales reasonably shy of the 50 lb limit.

 

All of the carriers I've flown on consider your skis and boots as one piece of luggage. I never had any of them weigh things collectively even though their policies say the the 50 lb limit applies on that basis. That said, I never check my boots on the outbound leg. I've had luggage misplaced too often and so always bring my boots and what I need for day one on the slopes in a bag that fits in the overhead (thermals, ski pants & socks, gloves, etc) and wear my parka. I spent a long time finding boots that fit my misshapen feet so don't want to have to rent them - not to mention rounding up the other essential gear - an don't want to risk sitting in the lodge for a day or two if the bags don't show up when you do. Not a concern on way back, so I sometimes check the boots and other gear on the inbound leg.

 

On a related note, it's probably a good thing that you can't put much other than skis in a Sportube - TSA has opened the case for inspection every time I've used it and it's more than obvious that they have great difficulty getting things back in.

post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by CharlieRN View Post

 

On a related note, it's probably a good thing that you can't put much other than skis in a Sportube - TSA has opened the case for inspection every time I've used it and it's more than obvious that they have great difficulty getting things back in.

 

Agree.  I fly with my skis every winter.  I always find a paper inside my ski bag indicating TSA has inspected it.  One problem is with some bags is they many times do not reattach the straps correctly.  My brother has had two pair of skis destroyed inn recent years by the baggage handling equipment in Atlanta when the loose straps got tangled.  Luckily Delta paid both times, but rumors are they may not in the future if not in a hard case.


Edited by JimH - 1/9/17 at 5:28pm
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by CharlieRN View Post
 

On a related note, it's probably a good thing that you can't put much other than skis in a Sportube - TSA has opened the case for inspection every time I've used it and it's more than obvious that they have great difficulty getting things back in.

 

Same here. There has not been one single time that I've flown with skis that I haven't found the search tag in the bag upon opening it at my destination.

Odd, they must figure ski bags for contraband magnets!  While they may figure ski bags are good bomb containers or something, I'd also highly recommend NOT putting even a small personal use amount of marijuana in one.

post #14 of 19
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Same here. There has not been one single time that I've flown with skis that I haven't found the search tag in the bag upon opening it at my destination.

Odd, they must figure ski bags for contraband magnets!  While they may figure ski bags are good bomb containers or something, I'd also highly recommend NOT putting even a small personal use amount of marijuana in one.

 

FWIW when I fly with golf clubs, that bag has always been opened as well. It may be that over-size items just get searched as a matter of course. 

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

  I'd also highly recommend NOT putting even a small personal use amount of marijuana in one.

 

 

Any personal experience? 

 

TSA primary job is security and doesn't actively look for small amounts of drugs.

But I was at the Aspen Airport yesterday and now they have a marijuana disposal can, right before screening.

Probably pays for a hell of a year end party!

post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

  I'd also highly recommend NOT putting even a small personal use amount of marijuana in one.

 

 

Any personal experience? 

 

TSA primary job is security and doesn't actively look for small amounts of drugs.

 

I have no personal experience doing it, but I'm retired LE who worked in a division that included Love Field in Dallas.

It is true that they don't actively look for drugs, BUT if they find them through happenstance, they're supposed to notify Airport PD...or local city PD or County SO in small airports, I guess.  The PD at Love Field was merely a specialized section of Dallas PD.  

 

Now, the TSA agent may not give a hoot as long as no one else sees it, but I wouldn't bet jail and a ruined trip on that.  Furthermore, a lot of security and TSA types are wannabe cops who would react as if they just caught the 2nd coming of Osama Bin Laden!  Why risk it?  Especially if you're going to a state where it's legal anyway.

 

I also don't know how state laws where weed is legal factor in.  I would guess they would hold you for a federal possession charge...which would suck.  I'm not sure, tho.  At Love Field, they just allowed the local state charge to be filed by the local LE under concurrent jurisdiction.  Anyhoo, I'm all for legal weed and have been for a lot of years, which isn't that unusual among cops anymore, but when it comes to drugs in and around airports, just say NO!

post #17 of 19
TSA doesn't care what you pack, the airlines rarely do, but on occasion they will check and charge you alot extra (both oversize and extra piece charges) if you jam clothes and other crap with you skis or boots. I think a helmet is allowed if inside the bootbag, at least on some airlines.

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post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post
 

 

I have no personal experience doing it, but I'm retired LE who worked in a division that included Love Field in Dallas.

It is true that they don't actively look for drugs, BUT if they find them through happenstance, they're supposed to notify Airport PD...or local city PD or County SO in small airports, I guess.  The PD at Love Field was merely a specialized section of Dallas PD.  

 

Now, the TSA agent may not give a hoot as long as no one else sees it, but I wouldn't bet jail and a ruined trip on that.  Furthermore, a lot of security and TSA types are wannabe cops who would react as if they just caught the 2nd coming of Osama Bin Laden!  Why risk it?  Especially if you're going to a state where it's legal anyway.

 

I also don't know how state laws where weed is legal factor in.  I would guess they would hold you for a federal possession charge...which would suck.  I'm not sure, tho.  At Love Field, they just allowed the local state charge to be filed by the local LE under concurrent jurisdiction.  Anyhoo, I'm all for legal weed and have been for a lot of years, which isn't that unusual among cops anymore, but when it comes to drugs in and around airports, just say NO!


Hmm, I wonder what happens if you get caught with that small bag of personal use weed at my local airport (PHL - Philadelphia).

 

The City of Philadelphia has decriminalized pot and their policy for anything under 30g is to confiscate and cite ($25 fine). But Philadelphia airport is actually mostly in adjacent Tinicum Township, Delaware county, which does not have the same policy and in any event, is under the jurisdiction of Port Authority police.

 

Asking for friend . . .

post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by CharlieRN View Post
 

Hmm, I wonder what happens if you get caught with that small bag of personal use weed at my local airport (PHL - Philadelphia).

 

The City of Philadelphia has decriminalized pot and their policy for anything under 30g is to confiscate and cite ($25 fine). But Philadelphia airport is actually mostly in adjacent Tinicum Township, Delaware county, which does not have the same policy and in any event, is under the jurisdiction of Port Authority police.

 

Asking for friend . . .

 

Ha-Ha, well, it's totally legal in CO, and Shredhead said Aspen Airport has a disposal can.  I'm guessing that's before you enter the airport proper, but he can clarify.  That's telling.

My wild-ass guess would be that whatever city exercises concurrent jurisdiction with the FAA at the airport would either file a state case...if allowed, or they could hold the Arrestee for a federal possession case.  The latter would not be good.  I am guessing, tho.  DPD at Love Field had special enforcement capabilities due to sharing authority with the Feds via the FAA.  That sort of agreement...even if Philadelphia PD...could mandate following state dope law within the airport.  Don't know their circumstances, tho.  Could probably be googled!

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