Originally Posted by skierboy
Do any airport officials comment on carrying your boots? What with all of the new security in place, is that practice frowned upon by the security officials?
I didn't have any problems with carrying my boots (slung over my shoulder as a "personal item", along with a backpack as a "carryon") in the spring. The US Airways counter agent in Providence thought it wasn't a good idea, but no TSA people even seemed to notice them.
I'm not sure how the other people who wanted to put things in the overhead compartment felt about it, but security didn't give me any trouble.
DEFINITELY check the airline's baggage policy carefully. My feeling is that they're being a lot stricter with these things lately.
|I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't recall ever having to sign any release tag for my skis. Maybe Air Canada does this, but I don't think I've heard of that in the U.S.
Agreed. I did NOT have to sign any kind of release for my ski bag on a domestic flight. (International -- I have no idea. I'll let you know in January, assuming I actually take my skis to Switzerland.) Damage/loss coverage for checked baggage is definitely something else to check in the airline's fine print. If you have really expensive/hard-to-replace gear, it might be worth shipping it just to have insurance coverage.
Incidentally, my flight from NYC to Denver was delayed and I barely made my connection to Reno (I literally ran from one gate to another and they were boarding by the time I got there), but the skis made it. Of course, on the way back -- when nothing was delayed -- the skis didn't get there until the next day. YMMV.
Shipping the skis ahead can work well, especially if your airline has restrictive baggage policies. Most hotels will hold things for at least a couple days if you call them and make arrangements. There are also companies that will handle this sort of thing for you.