Originally Posted by JohnH
No need to put other stuff like towels or clothes in there with the skis and risk getting the clothes lost, stolen or torn up by moronic TSA dweebs.
First off, let's remember 9/11 and why there are "moronic TSA dweebs" at our airports. For the most part, they have done a pretty good job at keeping our skies safe. You wouldn't believe how many loaded guns they intercept in carry-on bags.
Fact is, at National and Dulles, they have cameras on the baggage screeners, so if you've got an issue with damage or loss, make a claim and if you're not "embellishing the truth", you'll probably get reimbursed.
Another amazing fact: TSA probaly has your gear for 2-3 minutes. Your airline has it for hours. You figure it out....I wouldn't put a digital camera or video camera in my checked baggage if I was flying NW via Detroit...just an observation.
True, the TSA has to remove all the stuff out of ski bags because they are too long to fit through the X-ray baggage screening machines. And truer still, the screeners are not going to re-pack your stuff with the same care you originally packed it with - they have minutes while it may have taken you an hour...I know it takes me that long. It's a fact of life you can thank Osama Bin Laden for...or George Bush if you believe the conspiracy theorists
Has anybody checked to see if you can ship from one UPS store to another? It may cost a bit, but it's probably cheaper than vacation insurance and would add a whole lot of peace of mind. This should work especially well to Denver, SLC, Reno/Tahoe, Vancouver, etc. May be a little tougher if you're flying directly to Eagle, Jackson, Hardin, or Aspen. I've thought about it, but never followed through with the research. Anybody? Bueller?