Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Concerning the 80 pound ski bags not getting thrown around because they are too heavy, I agree with you - the baggage handlers will not throw them around.......however, they can drop them the 7-8 feet from the cargo door of a 757 to the tarmac, which will cause considerable damage (I have seen it happen on more than one occasion, and after observing it on my last trip, when I got home, found out my GS 11's were bent - a good 1-2 inch bend in the tail - and Northwest said that it was too late to file a claim, becuase I'd already left the airport)
As far as the TSA is concerned, I had a $100 can of Holmenkol Topspeed removed from my luggage, because TSA said it was "dangerous, flammable liquid". Mind you, this was in checked luggage, and I didn't find out until I had checked into the hotel, and found a note in my bag. TSA simply said, "too bad, you shouldn't have been carrying it!"
Those folks are for the most part, totally clueless - they are not putting the fear of God into us, the are just making us hate our government even more - short term good for them, long term bad for them.
There will be a new government in this country someday!
Let's see, if the ski bag weighs 80+ pounds, as mind does, there is usually other stuff packed in there as well, which, if you have half a brain, would be used to help secure and protect the stuff that needs it. I've never had any damage to my equipment (especially my skis) from rough handling, other than my poles beinging a bit bent once when I packed them to the outside of the bag.
I don't think there is much of a chance of the baggage handlers just dropping stuff out of cargo and baggage onto the tarmac. They, and the airlines, are responsible for the damage that they do to checked baggage and equipment. Do you think they would still have their jobs if they were constantly breaking not only luggage, but the contents inside. Musicians have to check their stuff constantly. If their synthesizers and instruments (which cost tens of thousands of dollars) can make it safely, I think my skis and boots should be able to make it ok. I'm not the least bit worried about it. My tennis rackets are another story; they have been broken on 2 separate occassions.
As far as your wax goes. Do you remember that plane that went down in the Florida Everglades a number of years ago? It was brought down by combustable canisters, killing everyone on board. Your $100 wax should be the least of your worries. If you hate your govt. sorry to hear that. You'd probably hate them more if they let your family blow up mid-flight.
As a little aside: remember the big brouhaha a couple of years ago about the airlines not letting the mother on the plane who had the breast milk in bottles for her kid. Apparently, they told her that she couldn't bring open containers of liquid on the plane. She maintained that they were breast milk, and that she need them for her kid. They said no, unless she just wanted to proved to them that it was breast milk by her opening the containers and tasting it. Otherwise, she would have to leave the milk or feed her kid before boarding the plane. She was disgusted and refused. She was refused access to the flight. She sued. Ok, let's look at this. It was her own breast milk, yet it was still too disgusting for her to taste, though she was going to feed it to her kid. Ok, I guess I can let that slide, for I guess someone can be disgusted by their own breast milk. I don't get it, but then, I could chow down with the best of them on Fear Factor and still be hungry afterwards. Next, it was a three hour flight. If she had just dumped the breast milk, she could have still fed her baby three hours later. Next, I assume that her breasts were still attached to her body. If it were such an issue, she could have just breast fed the kid on the plane. So anyway, everyone was up in arms when this happened (well, all the liberals and the ACLU, anyway). Then, shortly after that, another woman in France tries to board a jet with the same rouse, only this time the "breast milk" was actaully some type of accelerant. I'm very happy that there are more stringent precautions, and although all of us have been inconvenienced, I'll take that over the alternative.