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Anyone have problems with carrying on Helmet or Boots?

post #1 of 19
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Hello!   Just curious if anyone has had issues with TSA when carrying on a helmet or boots.  I've read that a few carriers in the UK do not allow them, but I thought I would see what the majority say here.  Will need to pack 2 helemets and 2 boots (3 people).

TIA!
post #2 of 19
No problems last spring - don't know since this christmas.
post #3 of 19
We just flew Denver to Salt Lake, carrying on boots. DH had helmet, too. No problems at all.
post #4 of 19
Take off tin foil hat and wear the boots.  You can line the helmet with tin foil and it works quite well, just add an extra layer of foil for every 10,000 feet of altitude because the ionic shielding is not as effective at high altitudes.

What's the frequency Kenneth?

Actually, my kid had flown to Austria a few times just carrying the boots and helmet in a Transpack as carry-on.  He still had room for the goodies and snacks and some reading stuff.
post #5 of 19
Whats the odds of being profiled - go into a airport with ski boots, helmet, check long bag for one of the checked bags - destination somewhere near or in the mountains. DO YOU THINK THEY MIGHT BE A SKIER? I was asked a couple of years ago by TSA, Do you wear a helmet when skiing? My answer, Most times but not always, but always when I fly. The security didn't see the humor in my answer.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Steve2ski View Post

Whats the odds of being profiled - go into a airport with ski boots, helmet, check long bag for one of the checked bags - destination somewhere near or in the mountains. DO YOU THINK THEY MIGHT BE A SKIER? I was asked a couple of years ago by TSA, Do you wear a helmet when skiing? My answer, Most times but not always, but always when I fly. The security didn't see the humor in my answer.

Speaking of flying to the mountains, I'm reminded of a true story that happened to none other than ME.

Quite a few years ago, I was flying through Denver (the old Stapleton airport, not the new DIA) on my way to Jackson, WY.  I had to change terminals from my connecting flight, so I had to go through security again in Denver.

I was in line for one of the two scanners when a nice man in a suit tapped me on the shoulder.  He flashed a badge at me that said FAA and asked if I would help him in a test.  Being not particularly bright, I said "sure".

He then slipped a chunk of plastic-coated metal about 4" by 6" by an inch thick into my carry-on bag and followed me as we made our way to the scanner.  My bag and I sailed right through and as I was about to pick up my bag on the other side of the scanner, the guy reached across in front of me and says "Excuse for a moment, sir".

He then flashes the same badge at the person running the scanner. 

With that, he takes the chunk of metal out of my bag and plops it on the conveyor in front of the scanner guy and thanks me for me cooperation. 

He then turns to the guy at the scanner and says:

"Shut down your scanner RIGHT NOW and come with me."

As I boarded my plane to Jackson, I was feeling pretty reassured about airport security. 

The more I thought about it, however, the more I decided I was a world-class chump.  It apparently turned out that the guy was legitimate and he really was with the FAA, but I got to wondering about what might have happened if he WASN'T legitimate. 

Two scenarios came to mind...

In the first, I successfully carry his chunk of metal through security, he very "officially" thanks me, takes back the chunk of metal and disappears into the airport.  Perhaps the chunk of metal is actually an explosive and I just got it through the scanner for him.

In the second scenario, the guy at the scanner is paying attention and does his job.  He flags me for a suspicious item in my bag and the cavalry comes down on me.  I then try to explain how this "guy with an FAA badge" put it in my bag.  They look around and go "What guy?" and I go "Well, gosh, that's strange.  I don't see him anymore."  And Bob goes to jail.

I decided I probably wouldn't do that again if asked.
post #7 of 19
 We just got back from a RT to Denver with boots and helmets in carry on bags both ways with not problems at all.
post #8 of 19
Just got back from a trip over the New Year to JH. Carried on the boots and helmet both ways. No questions. TSA in Jackson didn't like the cheesy steer horn souvenir that my duaghter carried on, though.  
post #9 of 19
I think by now most of them are used to us skiers. I have not had any problems.
post #10 of 19
Just wear your helmet while checking in and on the plane.  I've found that nobody tries to "give me the business" when I'm wearing mine
post #11 of 19
Bob:
Great story.  Very strange how they involved a "civilian" in a test.  I would think the correct "TSA approved" solution would be to immediately yell "terrorist" and point at the individual asking you to smuggle something through security.
 
post #12 of 19
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Bob:
Great story.  Very strange how they involved a "civilian" in a test.  I would think the correct "TSA approved" solution would be to immediately yell "terrorist" and point at the individual asking you to smuggle something through security.
 


How much fun would that be if you had a wait before your flight.  I'd be in. 

Just remember to take out the sack of anthrax and you should be fine.

Bob's story got me thinkin about my Step-grandfather's tale about being in an airport in some other country for a scuba diving trip (Jordan, or Honduras come to mind but I'm not positive).  Anyways, all guards had machine guns.  Then, a guy runs by him, he hears some shouting behind him, turns and sees the guards going after the running man, and at the same time, everyone in the airport is hitting the deck except the suspect, and the guards straight take this guy down with deadly force.  Crazy.
post #13 of 19
Most of the issues will be encountered when on international flights into the US.... as according to the US government, terrorists dont take flights that originate within the US

Canada - US Flights are taking a serious rubber-glove treatment right now.... all because of some "uncovered intelligence" that the bombers were planning to fly from Canada (again!)

May as well add us to that list of 14.............
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by ramzee View Post

Most of the issues will be encountered when on international flights into the US.... as according to the US government, terrorists dont take flights that originate within the US

Canada - US Flights are taking a serious rubber-glove treatment right now.... all because of some "uncovered intelligence" that the bombers were planning to fly from Canada (again!)

May as well add us to that list of 14.............
 
9-11 flights origianated where?
post #15 of 19
Exactly... however, the most stringent rules and checks right now are still for flights into the US.

The difference in checks on the way in versus way out is amusing!..... More a show of strength than actual improved security (as the pants bomber would have still made it through regardless of all of these checks!)

At least it has resulted on all those stupid carry-on suitcases being put back in the hold where they belong!
post #16 of 19
BOB nice story, was interesting cause ya you couldda been in a world a hurt and we didnt know you back then so.... no bail for you!!!
I always carry my boots when I fly ( the trip to Hawaii did get some odd looks though)
Ask me in Utah about what happins if TSA thinks your up to somthing you shouldnt be. Too long a story to post here but I work in a worl of carbon based material and carry some pretty odd stuff somtimes. ( 4 men with guns , alot of yelling and me thinking just keep the stuff )
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

BOB nice story, was interesting cause ya you couldda been in a world a hurt and we didnt know you back then so.... no bail for you!!!
I always carry my boots when I fly ( the trip to Hawaii did get some odd looks though)
Ask me in Utah about what happins if TSA thinks your up to somthing you shouldnt be. Too long a story to post here but I work in a worl of carbon based material and carry some pretty odd stuff somtimes. ( 4 men with guns , alot of yelling and me thinking just keep the stuff )
AAWWWEEE, take the time, that sounds awesome!
post #18 of 19
My wife and I flew domestically within the US on American Airlines 2 weeks ago.
I had no problems carrying my boots and helmet onboard.  They were in separate bags.
My wife put hers in the same bag, was allowed to carry it on, but when it wouldn't fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of her, she had to gate-check it.
On the return flights, I was again fine.  This time, she didn't bother trying to carry her bag onto the plane, she just checked it right away at the checkin counter before security.

Edit: aircraft used were MD-80 and some kind of regional jet, I want to say an ERJ-170 but not 100% sure.
post #19 of 19
Steve - There were 4 flights.

First to hit was AA Flight 11, Boston - Los Angeles.

Second was UA Flight 175, Boston - Los Angeles.

Third was AA Flight 77, Washington - Los Angeles.

Fourth was UA Flight 93, Newark - San Francisco.

As far as I can tell they all originate in the USA.

Another common misconception is that the hijackers entered from Canada.  Even your new Homeland Security chief made that comment.  It is important to know that every single investigation has proved that NONE of them entered through Canada.  Others have tried and were caught, hopefully no others got through.  Napolitano was 100% wrong, and has acknowledged that none of the 911 hijackers entered the US via Canada.

In fact, on that day, Canadians opened their homes and hearts to thousands of Americans whose flights were forced to land in Canada, after coming from overseas.  US airspace was shut down.

We welcomed Americans, and we mourned with them.

Sorry about taking the thread off topic, but you should understand the truth.  So should Ramzee.

Jim
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