Originally Posted by stevescho
imagine a soft case versus a sport tube falling off the conveyor from the luggage hold of a 747 and you'll get the picture.
protection with bubble wrap and towels? don't think so. I'd rather have dents on the outside of a hard case.
Imagine you sport tube sliding open because it wasn't properly relocked and your skis falling out at any point along the way from when TSA gets done with them until (hopefully) you pick them up at your destination point. I guess it's a matter of the poison you choose.
The problem for the TSA guys is they have to both inspect and try to get the luggage to the airlines to load on the flight before it departs. It is compounded by the fact that a lot of these folks are not rocket scientists by any stretch and turnover rates are high.
Yes, it is possible for a pair of skis to fall three stories while being loaded on a 747 though I don't think theTube would be much help under those circumstances either. On the other hand, every ski bag or tube needs to be opened and inspected and properly reclosed. Zippers, most people understand. And there a few 747's doing domestic service these days in the USA.