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Carry-on Ski Boots?

post #1 of 14
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 Will be flying delta on the weekend (buffalo to salt lake city). Wondering if anyone has had much success carrying their ski boots onto the flight over the shoulder style in addition to another backpack/carry-on. wanna make sure i pay as few extra fees as possible, so if my "boot" bag doesn't have boots in it, that'd really help. 

thanks in advance.
post #2 of 14
I have ski-boot size back-pack. Inside I also pack absolutely everything for the ski trip, aside from the skis which go in the ski bag. I can't remember which airline I flew last time, but I tried saving money by asking if I can carry the bag on board, and they said "no." My suggestion is, don't ask them the question if you can, because they make more money from you when you turn it in; instead, say "this is carry on board," and then see if they will object to that.
post #3 of 14
Over the shoulder by mating the left and right power straps? That's the way I do it. And don't forget to put stuff in the boots to make the other bag more effective. Your boots would be your personal item, not your carry on baggage. If they aren't in a bag, they are easier to fit into an overhead or under the seat, too.
post #4 of 14
Check with delta, but they might count the ski and boot bag as 1 total bag.  Fly to utah in a few weeks, my brother is on Delta, I am taking a SW flight instead and taking his skis with me.  We are from buffalo as well
post #5 of 14
Just about all airlines count the skis and boots as a single item.  Some don't care if you stuff other things in the bags, others say equipment only.  I don't want my boots getting lost (decent skis I can rent if lost, but rental boots....) so take them on the plane with me.  I've done it loose and in a boot bad as my carry-on. 
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by JimH View Post

Just about all airlines count the skis and boots as a single item.  Some don't care if you stuff other things in the bags, others say equipment only.  I don't want my boots getting lost (decent skis I can rent if lost, but rental boots....) so take them on the plane with me.  I've done it loose and in a boot bad as my carry-on. 

Exactly what I was going to say.
post #7 of 14
I've been unlucky, and have been getting charged for the ski-bag, as an extra bag.
post #8 of 14
Just be careful with your boots.  On my last flight to SLC I saw this guy walking down the isle towards the end of boarding banging his shoulder carried boots off people heads.  He was oblivious of the mayhem he left in his wake.

matt
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by asland View Post

Just be careful with your boots.  On my last flight to SLC I saw this guy walking down the isle towards the end of boarding banging his shoulder carried boots off people heads.  He was oblivious of the mayhem he left in his wake.

matt

Heh, I've worried about doing that. I always take mine off my shoulder and carry them in front of me when I get onto the plane, so that I can see where they are. Can you imagine getting "kicked" in the head like that? OWWWW
post #10 of 14
I did it the year before last with United without issue.  Carried on a bag (messenger style that met normal carry on size rules)  and carried my boots without bag with a boot strap.   Had to be careful handling them but no issues.  Went through denver, SFO, Seattle, Bozeman and Manchester if i remember right.  

Thinking about doing it again this year.
post #11 of 14
I know that normally you can carry on a backpack (personal item) and small suitcase.  Would the transpack count as the backpack?

EDIT- I guess the personal item normally should be able to fit under the seat, so will a transpack fit under a seat?
Edited by Chip - 1/21/10 at 1:22pm
post #12 of 14
I'll also be traveling to Salt Lake this weekend.  Delta wanted $35 for my second bag.

Instead, I shipped my ski boots, work boots and all my other ski crap (not the actual skis).  I also shipped a couple bottles of wine.  Total weight 48 LBS.

Total cost $47 (FEDEX).  I'll be traveling with just 1 checked bag, plus my laptop bag. 

I've called the hotel, and the bell hop is in possession of my package and will bring it right to my room.

I think this is the way to go.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Chip View Post

so will a transpack fit under a seat?

The 'triangular' transpack won't fit under the seat and barely fits in the overhead luggage bin.  I carry my boots and a day's worth of ski clothes in a small carry on pack. 

Shipping the stuff in advance is probably the way to go and is a likely a growth industry as the luggage fees increase.
post #14 of 14
I'll echo some of the comments above.

I always carry my boots on board (attached together with power straps) and then a small backpack with all my irreplaceable essentials.
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