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penang
07-27-2005, 08:36 AM
Any recommendation bringing racquet on Flight. I carry with me on board one time while flying from NYC to FL. I'm taking a 10 hours+ flight soon. Should I check in with other luggage, the problem is my tennis bag has no cushioning at all. I'm afraid if drop, while transporting to the aircraft and carousel might harm the frame.

kicker75
07-27-2005, 09:33 AM
Never check in your racquet unless it's unstrung and in a hard case. Most airplane cargo areas are not pressurized like the cabins, and if your racquet is strung, it will affect the string and the tension and knock it out of whack. Take it with you as your carry on...

armand
07-27-2005, 10:21 AM
I was told that I have to check my racquets because "they could pose a security threat" They were right! How'd they know I was planning on bashing the pilot's head with my Prestige Classic 600? I was also planning on poking the stewardess' eye out with my toothbrush

GRANITECHIEF
07-27-2005, 11:17 AM
I use my Super Combi as a carry on. It holds lots of rackets as well as other stuff and fits nicely in the overhead compartment.

Cobrien
07-27-2005, 12:06 PM
You are no longer allowed to take take tennis racquets on board. (Security threat)

Mines had to be taken (in bubble wrap) to the place where they put the luggage.

Jonnyf
07-27-2005, 12:08 PM
eeh thatsx wierd i carried mine on to go to NYC 3 weeks ago and back and nothing happened

Cobrien
07-27-2005, 12:21 PM
ON BOTH OF THE DAYS OF THE LONDON BOMBINGS.

Thanks, I wont be going on a plane for a while.

Jonnyf
07-27-2005, 12:25 PM
ON BOTH OF THE DAYS OF THE LONDON BOMBINGS.

Thanks, I wont be going on a plane for a while.

SHUT UP smooth move you forget my dad works down there why do you have to bring up something like this i am actually going to WHACK you soo hard tomorrow

VolleyandServer
07-27-2005, 04:58 PM
Personally, I would not check my rackets in. Always insist carrying them on. I always carry them on. Check this thread.http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=59368

penang
07-28-2005, 06:58 AM
Thanxz for all you guys reply.

Marius_Hancu
07-28-2005, 11:28 AM
reality is we don't know. it's the mood of the day at the gates.
be prepared to have them placed in the cargo, with the luggage.

Cobrien
07-28-2005, 02:21 PM
reality is we don't know. it's the mood of the day at the gates.
be prepared to have them placed in the cargo, with the luggage.


CARGO. Thankyou Marcus. That word has been bugging me all day.

FLAG3264
07-28-2005, 04:09 PM
Penang,

I carried on 4 rackets in a duffle bag with the handles all sticking out. I flew from Newark New Jersey to Cancun the day after Hurricane Emily hit that area. No one stopped me and I did the same the other day when I returned. I thought they might make me open the cans of tennis balls and dispose of the sharp metal lid, but they did not. Maybe because I was with my wife and kids they did not bother me. I have also heard that the racket tensions will be affected in cargo, not to mention the way the baggage handlers throw around the luggage. Definitely carry them on board.

Marius_Hancu
07-28-2005, 04:15 PM
absolutely carry them on board, if they ALLOW it.

abiallan
10-23-2008, 08:24 AM
Better try to get a racket rather than carrying it :oops:

jmverdugo
10-23-2008, 09:08 AM
It is always up to the people in charge. I just had a long multi planes trip, basically it was Venezuela to Peru, Peru to Colombia, Colomibia to Houston and back to Venezuela. I just took one racket with me and checked it in every time, no harm on the strings nor the frame. I put it in my main bag and used my clothes to make a soft cushion.

New rackets are stronger that one may think, same with the strings, unless we are talking about gut. How do you think they handle your rackets when they ship it from TW tot your house?. I can bet you that they receive more than one bang! on their way to your home.

Petekbladetour1
11-06-2008, 09:10 AM
You are no longer allowed to take take tennis racquets on board. (Security threat)



That is odd. I have asked security people at both Heathrow and Arlanda airport, and they have said that it is okay to take the rackets on board.

Edberg_Fan
11-09-2008, 08:05 AM
Just carried 2 rackets on board Alaska Airlines. Had them in my backpack with the handles sticking out. No problem at all.

Petekbladetour1
11-09-2008, 10:03 AM
I use my Super Combi as a carry on. It holds lots of rackets as well as other stuff and fits nicely in the overhead compartment.

Will the kpro traveller bag fit in the overhead compartment?

MLoutch
11-09-2008, 10:08 AM
In the USA its not really an issue - I have heard American is the only airline that has made folks check in sticks. I take my 6 or 12 pak on a regular basis to France, UK, Belgium, Singapore, Brazil, Argentina, Hong Kong and Dubai and have not had any issues on Air France, Singapore Air, BA, Southwest, Emirates and Continental.

Australia is another matter as the transport authority down there in Oz have deemed tennis racquets as a dangerous weapon and you have to check them in.

Il Mostro
11-09-2008, 11:16 AM
The weird thing is, while racquets are not on TSA's prohibited item list, and airlines allow them as carry ons provided the bag does not exceed allowable combined linear dimensions, I could never get TSA to confirm that they are OK by either phone or email. The official TSA party line says it is at the discretion of the security checkpoint personnel. Classic double-talk. You just cannot teach that kind of "stupid".

MLoutch
11-09-2008, 11:27 AM
The weird thing is, while racquets are not on TSA's prohibited item list, and airlines allow them as carry ons provided the bag does not exceed allowable combined linear dimensions, I could never get TSA to confirm that they are OK by either phone or email. The official TSA party line says it is at the discretion of the security checkpoint personnel. Classic double-talk. You just cannot teach that kind of "stupid".

Exactly the issue - BUT the airlines do have the right to prohibit something even if TSA says its ok. like I said i never fly American but have friends who said American Airlines at DFW and in Houston have made them check their racquet bags.

I personally have had NO issues on Southwest, Continental, Air Canada in North America - I fly here about 75% on Southwest - and fly with my sticks about every other week.

Il Mostro
11-09-2008, 11:48 AM
Yeah, I routinely see people traveling with racquets sticking out of their backpacks. My wife & I will be flying Delta on a tennis vacation next month and will be carrying three racquets each. In addition to the AA policy you mentioned, I was told by Philippine Airlines that there is a two racquet limit. So, best to check carefully and assume nothing.

SaunderS
11-10-2008, 09:13 AM
I was told that I have to check my racquets because "they could pose a security threat" They were right! How'd they know I was planning on bashing the pilot's head with my Prestige Classic 600? I was also planning on poking the stewardess' eye out with my toothbrush

This happened to me a few years back. I went abroad to a nice hotel with a nice tennis court. I wanted to take my rackets onboard with me but it is seen as dangerous.

Tofi
11-10-2008, 10:14 AM
You are no longer allowed to take take tennis racquets on board. (Security threat)

Mines had to be taken (in bubble wrap) to the place where they put the luggage.

Yeah but i went egypt and this girl had her racket with her. anyways i also need to know if i should take my rackets on board the plane. it says not to but should i??? I was on BA

Julieta
11-11-2008, 09:21 AM
Yeah but i went egypt and this girl had her racket with her. anyways i also need to know if i should take my rackets on board the plane. it says not to but should i??? I was on BA

I have not had problems on BA but I haven't flown it a lot. There are some UK people on here who can give you the scoop. But you do need to be discreet (no 12 pack). I was even pulled for the additional screening at LHR where they do the fingerprinting and stuff like that and they did not say anything about the racquets. I was somewhere once though where they said my bag was too big and I whined about how I needed the racquets for my job (!) and they let me go.

Julieta
11-11-2008, 09:24 AM
Exactly the issue - BUT the airlines do have the right to prohibit something even if TSA says its ok. like I said i never fly American but have friends who said American Airlines at DFW and in Houston have made them check their racquet bags.

I personally have had NO issues on Southwest, Continental, Air Canada in North America - I fly here about 75% on Southwest - and fly with my sticks about every other week.

Southwest is great. I haven't had any problems on AA myself. Or on CO. Actually I have never checked my racquets except years ago when I was young and I had one of those huge Prince bags. I wish they still made those but that is another topic...

detroiter
11-27-2008, 04:00 AM
I frequently travel with my racquests and carry them on board without any issues (all airlines). I typically carry them in a 3 pac bag. Just last week I carried them in a 6 pak. (it was stuffed), again no problems. If your bag can fit in the overhead bin there should be no problems. Make sure that if you carry any toiletries in your bag that they are in 2 oz bottles and that they are in a clear plastic bag.

vmosrafa08
12-01-2008, 08:30 AM
When I went on an 8 hour flight, I put my racquet in my backpack (with some padding and my laptop *heavy*).
I was really annoyed when people tried to put their stuff on my backpack in the overhead compartment.
My suggestion: avoid carrying a tennis racquet on long flights/ to the airport.

vmosrafa08
12-01-2008, 08:31 AM
My friend packs all of his stuff into his six pack bag when he goes on short trips by the way...

JT_2eighty
10-29-2010, 02:47 PM
Sorry to revive this thread out of the past, but instead of starting a new one...

What's the current policy of racquets on airplanes, anyone know? Domestic vs. Int'l?

What about string tension? I plan to string my sticks before I travel to the tropics to play a little tennis (not a tennis trip, but I'll probably be able to play a couple times).

Should I string lower than usual to account for cabin pressure (or the possibility of having to check the racquet, so, to account for de-pressurized baggage storage). Anyone?

Hominator
10-30-2010, 11:50 AM
Carried mine on board a few weeks ago with no issue.

Volkl also makes a single hardcase cover with foam inside for traveling.

Hominator
10-30-2010, 11:55 AM
Here's the Volkl hard case:

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Volkl_DNX_Cover_Bag/descpageBGVOLKL-VDNXCB.html

Maui19
11-12-2010, 03:54 AM
Aircraft cargo holds are definitely pressurized, BTW.

johndagolfer
11-18-2010, 08:22 AM
How do you guys handle travelling with racquets when you are on the smaller planes? I have a small jump from Lexington to Ohare next week and I am sure it's on one of those smaller planes. I am sure my 6 pack backpack bag will not fit in the overhead of that plane. I am probably going to be bringing my laptop in that bag to so checking it is out of the question.

innoVAShaun
11-18-2010, 09:05 AM
I've carried 2 racquets in hand or in a backpack back and forth from the US and Italy with no problems.

gavna
11-19-2010, 07:09 AM
How do you guys handle travelling with racquets when you are on the smaller planes? I have a small jump from Lexington to Ohare next week and I am sure it's on one of those smaller planes. I am sure my 6 pack backpack bag will not fit in the overhead of that plane. I am probably going to be bringing my laptop in that bag to so checking it is out of the question.

really you should be ok - I take my 12 pak onto RJ176 and the ER190 planes (both very common regional jets) and have little problem. The RJ176 is the small one with 3 seat across and the bins measure just over 12 in - usually on those i put the bag under the seat. I just flew back last night from JFK to Houston on a ER190 (Jetblue) and had my 12 pak with me fully stuffed.

forthegame
11-19-2010, 07:13 AM
When I fly, I just take a racquet bag stuffed with 2 racquets in my hold baggage.

No problem so far, except when I flew into the States recently. My bag was delayed and eventually delivered opened , with my racquets on top. I think the roll of lead tape and lead around the hoop caught their attention! LOL!

johndagolfer
11-19-2010, 08:21 AM
I was thinking the same thing about lead tape around the grip. Has anyone else had issues with lead tape?

gavna
11-19-2010, 08:51 AM
its very common to have us custom open bags up upon arrival or even after checkin before loading on the ramp. customs will put a notice in your bag that it was opened and the contents looked at - very very normal process - your lead tape had nothing to do with it. I fly 6 to 8 times per month and it happens all the time.

dr325i
11-19-2010, 09:38 PM
I have been traveling a LOT in the past 4-5 years -- Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Europe, India, All over the USA, and nowdays all over Europe. I have always carried my sticks with me in either a 6-pack or a Super-6 bag and was questioned only once, in Budapest, about my rackets. They asked me to check them in, I replied: No way! They just looked the other way. This includes all of the US major Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, British, Emirates, Czech, LOT, Singapore, JAL, ANA, quite a few of Chinese Airlines, Kingfisher...

Megi
11-26-2010, 05:44 AM
Travelled to Mexico from Toronto recently, on Sunwing, the check in agent informed me that the airline policy is 'no racquets as carry on' (I had two, in a tennis bag pack) but it really is up to the flight crew to allow them or not. WTF?! She put the luggage tags on both of them in case I had to check them in in the end.

Needless to say none of the flight attendants ever bothered me about it. Carried the rackets onboard without any problems.

yellowoctopus
12-23-2010, 11:04 AM
I was told that I have to check my racquets because "they could pose a security threat" They were right! How'd they know I was planning on bashing the pilot's head with my Prestige Classic 600? I was also planning on poking the stewardess' eye out with my toothbrush

That's too funny.

http://images2.cpcache.com/product/weapon+of+choice-tennis-sports/234419932v4_225x225_Front.jpg

tangoll
12-23-2010, 01:38 PM
Just traveled Bangkok to Hong Kong on Emirates Airlines. No problem with bringing racquet on board flight.

Game-Set-MATCH!!!
12-23-2010, 04:09 PM
Just traveled Bangkok to Hong Kong on Emirates Airlines. No problem with bringing racquet on board flight.

sweet! i will be traveling to FL on southwest soon. Wonder how it will go....

gavna
12-23-2010, 04:56 PM
sweet! i will be traveling to FL on southwest soon. Wonder how it will go....

I fly southwest 6 to 8 times per month and have NEVER had issues bringing my 6 or 12 pak onboard.

Game-Set-MATCH!!!
12-24-2010, 03:41 AM
I fly southwest 6 to 8 times per month and have NEVER had issues bringing my 6 or 12 pak onboard.

Ok one more question.. do you know if the babolat 12 fits in overhead compartment?

jmverdugo
12-24-2010, 03:57 AM
Ok one more question.. do you know if the babolat 12 fits in overhead compartment?

Yes, but maybe is a good idea to try to be the first on the boarding line because you will need a almost whole compartment for the bag.

Game-Set-MATCH!!!
12-24-2010, 04:25 AM
Yes, but maybe is a good idea to try to be the first on the boarding line because you will need a almost whole compartment for the bag.

Ok thank you! hopefully i get in line early!

dr325i
01-09-2011, 07:13 AM
Another update:
Prague - Frankfurt - Dulles - Orlando - Frankfurt - Prague (Lufthansa/United), Holiday travel, planes extremely full -- carried my Super 6 loaded with rackets and jackets one way, rackets and 20 cans of balls the other way, absolutely no issues walking in on every flight.
As someone mentioned above, due to my status, I was able to board early and was able to find enough room in the overhead... Otherwise, it would have been a pain storing this large full bag...

kevoT
01-09-2011, 08:47 AM
I see nothing wrong about putting them in check in, never have had a problem with broken racquets, just put newspaper for extra padding or something. It saves the effort of having to worry about making sure there's space for your bags and getting in early etc. It also leaves space for the other people that need to put their baggage up in the over heads.

If you bag isn't that tall (when placed horizontally on the ground) you could see if it fits in the cupboard at the front of the where they put coats etc.

eliza
01-09-2011, 09:06 AM
Any recommendation bringing racquet on Flight. I carry with me on board one time while flying from NYC to FL. I'm taking a 10 hours+ flight soon. Should I check in with other luggage, the problem is my tennis bag has no cushioning at all. I'm afraid if drop, while transporting to the aircraft and carousel might harm the frame.

If you fly internationally, check first , call the airport, the airline, everyone you can, because they are becoming truly crazy. They told me that a tennis racquet is a weapon, thus I could not get it on board (this after I checked in.....) it was a nightmare. Thankfully my family was still inside the airport, and I had the chance of giving them my racquet. Otherwise I would have missed the flight.........

PeterPanda
01-15-2011, 05:36 AM
Ok thank you! hopefully i get in line early!


It does'nt have to do with lines you have a number on your ticket when you checkin. when your about to board you get in line with the number on the ticket then you get on board try to get Abut if you get B it's okay.

dr325i
01-15-2011, 12:48 PM
If you fly internationally, check first , call the airport, the airline, everyone you can, because they are becoming truly crazy. They told me that a tennis racquet is a weapon, thus I could not get it on board (this after I checked in.....) it was a nightmare. Thankfully my family was still inside the airport, and I had the chance of giving them my racquet. Otherwise I would have missed the flight.........

WHere was that.
I probably traveled more to anywhere in the world than most (probably all) posters here and absolutely never had any issues on more than 30 different airliners taking 3 or 10 rackets with me...

If you call, I am almost certain they will advise NOT to take them on-board in most cases...

dr325i
01-15-2011, 12:50 PM
I see nothing wrong about putting them in check in, never have had a problem with broken racquets, just put newspaper for extra padding or something. It saves the effort of having to worry about making sure there's space for your bags and getting in early etc. It also leaves space for the other people that need to put their baggage up in the over heads.

If you bag isn't that tall (when placed horizontally on the ground) you could see if it fits in the cupboard at the front of the where they put coats etc.

See my post above...
With all of my traveling more than once I had things pulled out of my suitcase (from aftershaves, electric shavers, ties, jeans, shoes) to completely lost luggage, to temporarily lost for a week or so...
I would NOT advise to check in the rackets...

Tennisguy3000
01-15-2011, 01:05 PM
What amazes me is that after taking away my 1 inch swiss usb/scissor/knife combo they then give me a bottle of wine in a glass bottle in first class... once smashed... its 8+ inches of sharp glass /shank anyone?

I understand increased security but everything needs to be evaluated properly... not just the obvious ;-)

dr325i
01-16-2011, 05:12 AM
What amazes me is that after taking away my 1 inch swiss usb/scissor/knife combo they then give me a bottle of wine in a glass bottle in first class... once smashed... its 8+ inches of sharp glass /shank anyone?

I understand increased security but everything needs to be evaluated properly... not just the obvious ;-)

Or a can of soda. You can easily shred the can and make a very good weapon (knife) out of it...

tennisphotog
09-29-2011, 10:53 AM
Mexico last year, had to check racquets. Said strings could be cut out and used to strangle. Go figure. This was Cancun Airport.

kelawai
09-29-2011, 06:12 PM
Just got back from the Southwest. Has no issues with TSA at JFK or PHX airport for bringing two racquets on board.

MGoBlue
09-29-2011, 06:26 PM
In Feb. of this year, I carried on 2 rackets in my Wilson backpack on a Delta flight from Detroit to Puerto Vallarta--no problem/questions. However, on the return flight (same airline), I was told I was not allowed to carry them on (fortunately I could still stuff them in my checked luggage).

Timbo's hopeless slice
09-29-2011, 10:02 PM
Student of mine was told she couldn't take 2 racquets in a backpack as carry on and had to check them in last summer. About 3 weeks later we travelled with a squad of U/16s who all had 10 packs full of stuff and we were all allowed to take them as carry on. Same Airline!!!!

(annoyed the rest of the passengers no end as our boys had got to the front of the line and loaded up the overhead locker with bags and bags of tennis gear!)

Aero
10-24-2011, 02:58 PM
Anyone had any prob's with Cathay Pacific/Heathrow/Hong Kong?

Thx! :)

tennisphotog
10-25-2011, 03:34 AM
UK, London Heathrow, last week, no problems with racquets. I had a babolat racquet 12-pack bag.

Aero
10-25-2011, 06:00 AM
UK, London Heathrow, last week, no problems with racquets. I had a babolat racquet 12-pack bag.

Ok, thk u. U carried this onto the plane?

:)

kikiviva
10-27-2011, 10:43 AM
I have 12 pack Babolat Aero Bag,

This summer, I went to brazil. Canada -> Brazil.

I brought 6 babolat rackets with me in 12 pack bag.

No problem at ALL!

i was wondering about too, but they never asked about anything. Even i told them i have 6 rackets. they were more worried about the size of bag. (well they weren't worried, they just told me they are not sure if will fit in the cabin. but they told me to bring it and try if doesn't fit they have somewhere else to put it. it was really nice)

i went on the plane, i put in the cabin without any hustle.

then from brazil. I took plane Sao paulo to Salvador

no problem at all this time.

well i took tennis bag as baggage.

Oh and it was Air Canada and TEM, brazilian air plane.