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Old 07-11-2010, 06:19 PM
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Default Can I board a plane with fly rod?

Can I take my 9' 4pc fly rod in a fly tube (about 32") on the plane with me?

Just the rod, I would be packing the reel & stuff in my checked bags.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:49 PM
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Yes, I've done it several times; both on domestic and international flights.

Having said that, I usually check my rods with my other gear - so far, no lost rods!

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Default Re: Can I board a plane with fly rod?

I'm not sure you can anymore.
2 years ago flying from UK to Montana i was refused, and informed it had to go in the hold.
Strange thing is in Denver people were boarding for Bozeman and being allowed to take the rods with their hand luggage.
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I have not had problems in the USA and Mexico.

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Default Re: Can I board a plane with fly rod?

Can I take 2 rod tubes or am I limited to one?
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Default Re: Can I board a plane with fly rod?

I use a little Fishpond rod satchel; 33" long, it takes 3 rods. I haven't had any problems to date.

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Default Re: Can I board a plane with fly rod?

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I use a little Fishpond rod satchel; 33" long, it takes 3 rods. I haven't had any problems to date.

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Default Re: Can I board a plane with fly rod?

I use a G.Loomis rolling duffel with a hard bottom - pack several rods in tubes and reels in the bottom hard section and then check that bag.

However, I also always take one 8'6" rod in a 30" tube along with the matching reel and at least one fly box in my carry-on luggage - the rod tube actually fits inside my bag and so far has always met the max size limits for carry-on luggage. That way if the checked bag gets delayed, I can still fish until it (hopefully) arrives.
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Yes, I'm sure that it's worked for me so far with no problems.

However, TSA (in the US) and other security organizations in other parts of the world, are a heterogenous group; there isn't a standard behavior. In fact, to a certain extent they're incentivized to be adaptable, changable and to use their instincts in choosing what materials to let go through the scanners untouched, which to open and check and which to reject. So, there are no guarantees.

The safest way, from a security standpoint, is to check your rods. I do the same thing that Brewmaster does, most of the time. I carry my rods in the bottom of my Fishpond hard-bottom roller duffel. And so far, my luggage has never been lost. I travel a lot; too much, in fact; mostly for business. But, my rods have been checked in my luggage on trips to: France, Japan, Chile, Mexico and all over the US. No problems.

The safest way, from an emotional standpoint is to carry your rods on as hand luggage. They're not out of your sight, but if they are rejected at security, then it's back to the check-in gate and your rod(s) get checked.

It would be nice if rods as carry-on luggage could be guaranteed, but since 911, that's just not life in the air.

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Default Re: Can I board a plane with fly rod?

From my experience so far it really depends on the airline/airport policies. I have travelled many places withmy rod tube/s as carry on, but some airports insist I check it in. I have found that mainly it is the larger airports that are more paranoid that do this. I had travelled with my rods as carry on until I flew through Heathrow, London, there I had to check it in. Since then the smaller airports seem to let me go through...

I always try to get through with my rods, but if they won't let me then I can go back and check it in...
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