Air travel with racquets?

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  1. sekine

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    Hi all,

    Taking off on a little trip for T-day but am a little perplexed at how to transport my racquets on the plane. I'm taking 4 racquets in an adidas racquet bag. The bag doesn't feel quite padded enough to check through, yet it's too big to carry-on. What do most of you do? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. bigserving

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    I usually use my racquet bag as a carry-on and put my raquets in my checked bag. I have had no problem doing that.

    You may ask yourself if you really need four frames for a short trip. I usually string a couple, bring two frames and a few extra sets of strings just in case.
     
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  3. sekine

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    Unfortunately, I'm the racquet mule for two.

    Thanks for the info.
     
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  4. doriancito

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    also take in mind that the tension gets losen in the plane pressure
     
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  5. TnTBigman

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    Luckily for me, my 6 racquet bag is just right for a carryon. They go under the seat infront on me if the flight is full. No way I'm gonna let my babies stay in the above head compartment to be pushed and shoved around.
    I guess bigserving's recommendation would be right for you. Have em as your checkin in carry on.
     
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  6. doriancito

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    or, you could tell a stewardess to keep them in the "fragile" compartment
     
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  7. arky-tennis

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    what airline u fly? welcome to todays airlines, they give NOTHING unless you in first class, then you get a cookie. i check my racquets, insure them, and take pics for refrence if they are cracked.
     
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  8. arky-tennis

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    double post
     
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  9. DANMAN

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    Having just traveled to Charleston and Tucson for tennis torunaments, I can say that I brought my Babolat 12 Pro Player Bag filled with 5 Pure Drives as a carry on item. I also had a water jug in the bag. The flights to and from Charleston were with Delta on large Boeing planes and the bag fit in the overhead bin and/or under the seat easily. On the trip to Tucson, I flew on a Continental Express Jet which is small and had to shove my bag into the overhead bin. On one leg of the flight, I sat with it under the seat and under my feet--not too comfortable. My point is that if you sling it over your shoulder like a schoolbag, they won't pay any attention to the size. I would avoid checking them at all costs.
     
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  10. arky-tennis

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    If I am going somewhere for a few weeks, I will ship some of my racquets UPS amd then get them there. It sounds bizzare but it can work...
    Daniel
     
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  11. matchpoints

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    When I went to NY i only had a couple sticks with me but had one of those racquets back packs. no way i'm checking them.
     
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  12. arky-tennis

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    Southwest is okay with racquets, american sucks... When I check my racquets, if ever, I pack the racquets in my bag and then pack my tshirs around them for padding. It is strange but using this, a racquet has never been broken, even on american.
     
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  13. Geezer Guy

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    I always carry-on my tennis bag/racquets, and have never had a problem. They fit in the overhead just fine. I've always heard that you should NOT check your racquets, because the low pressure and temp is bad for both the frames and string.
     
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  14. mel_mo

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    Along this same thread, we (3 of us) will be flying on American Airlines and taking 3 racquets as carry-ons. (Actually, the first leg of the trip is on American 'Eagle EMBRAER RJ140 JET', then to an American Airlines MD-80)
    Would you carry them together in one bag or each carry our own in their original cases? If carried together, any suggestions on a brand/model of racquet bag that would fit as a carry-on. If we carry the 3 seperately, can we still bring anything else as carry-on such as a small backpack?
    thanks, haven't flown since right before 911 and understand things have changed greatly.
    Mel
     
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  15. Geezer Guy

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    I would suggest you buy a racquet bag that's big enough for 4 racquets. Put your 3 racquets - inside their original cases - inside the racquet bag. This will provide double protection. If you have room to stuff some clothes inside the bag for extra padding, so much the better. One of you carry on the racquet bag. The other two carry on a little extra clothing in case your checked bags get lost or delayed. Worst case, if they don't let you carry on the tennis bag, you can each carry on your own racquet individually. By putting all the racquets in one bag, you give them some added protection.
     
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  16. cdnaus76

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    this is interesting, because on my flight from Sydney - London, I was not ALLOWED to check my racquets in because post 9/11, they are now viewed as a weapon. That was in Gulf Air. I guess it depends on the airline.
     
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  17. sekine

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    Well, to follow this up, I finally ended up flying Jet Blue Thanksgiving day and took all my racquets as one carry on. I also had my regular carry on with me, but never once was I stopped or hassled about having too much. Of all the flights to reinforce the limits, I'd think this would be one of them, yet no noise from anyone.

    Happy Trails.
     
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  18. Geezer Guy

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    Actually, this has a lot to do with your NTRP (if you have one) or your skill level. In some hands, racquets CAN be considered a weapon. I was traveling once and was stopped and questioned, but when they found out I was just a 3.5 they decided there was no way I could do any damage with my racquets, and let me carry them on. I was traveling with Rickson during his 200-1 winning streak, and they confiscated his racquets immediately. Kaptain Karl was traveling with us, and was allowed to carry on his racquets but he had to promise NOT to serve and volley during the flight.

    In the right hands, any racquet can be viewed as a weapon. For others, doesn't matter WHAT racquet you use, you can't hurt anyone but yourself.
     
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  19. John Zheng

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    I can verify this. Just today I was in a mad rush from Houston to San Jose on American. The Houston flight connects in Dallas via some little jet. I stuffed my 6-pack bag under my seat, handle stick out. The flight attendant was like, nuh uh, you're gonna have to check this. After explaining to her I am actively battling tennis elbow, and so I couldn't possibly use these as weapons, I inquired if she had a closet where I could put them. She thought about it, and maybe feeling sorry for my pain, showed me the closet, mumbling something about "but I don't know if there's room."

    Well, I stuffed my bag in there, and believe me there was plenty of room. So sometimes it helps to ask, and make suggestions rather than be told what to do. I also threw in there my concern the check-in isn't pressurized which seemed to draw a sympathetic response.

    On the connection flight in Dallas, it was an MD 80 plane, so the overhead is big enough to fit my bag, but barely. I had to stuff it in there sort of leaning over on the edge. Hmm, I should have taken a photo. Well, regardless, it didn't fit quite as neatly as I had envisioned. But then my bag is pretty stuffed with socks, shorts, a warm-up, balls, etc. If I had it more loosely packed, it probably would have fit in there without any amount of shoving.

    When the plane landed, the bag came out of the overhead compartment with ease. I examined the racquets later, and they are just fine.
     
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  20. Lee

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    Interesting. So are you saying that pros cannot carry their tennis bags on the plane, because they are too good? What if there is a guy who cannot play tennis but he is a terriorist? I don't see a correlation between a player's skill level and his ability to use the rackets to club someone..
     
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  21. arky-tennis

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    Well, you won't wiff as much :). Also, the big serve can be a leathal weapon... Can't touch this...





    I know that was lame
     
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  22. simi

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    Lee, ya gotta get to know Geezer Guy better. He's kiddin'. But, he has a point. Us lower rated players only have the ability to hurt own selves. Really hurts on a serve followthrough when you bang your own shin. Ouch! Only have to do that once or twice before one learns.
     
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  23. SwissServe

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    But how do the touring pros manage thier luggage (racquet bags)? I just can't imagine how Fed is pushing his 12-racquet-bag in his overhead, even on 1st class flights :D
     
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  24. arky-tennis

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    Own plane or something of the sort prolly....
     
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