Flying with frames

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  1. Rjtennis

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    Does anyone have recent experience carrying on tennis racquets on a plane? How about on international flights?
     
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  2. gavna

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    Well we just got back to the USA after being in Europe (Spain, France, Belgium and the UK) since late May - had 2 large stuffed 12 paks. Flew Air France, Brussels Air and Jet Blue on 6 different flihts and had not a single issue. We actually had more problems on the Eurostar train from Paris to London with space for our bags.
     
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  3. Rjtennis

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    Thanks for the feedback. Im most worried about bringing my sticks on the plane on my flight out of the US, but it sounds like ill be ok.
     
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    A racket might fit into your average large suitcase

    One option - I found that my racket just barely fits diagonally into our average sized large suitcase that was then checked in.
     
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  5. Bartelby

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    Is there a mile high club?
     
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  6. Rjtennis

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    Ya, Im just worried about them getting damaged. They would probable be fine though.
     
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    I'm flying internationally next week from the USA and plan on putting a stick in my luggage.
     
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    I've done both from the Southern US to Hawaii. Unless I was carrying my huge suitcase I carried them on and had no issues with them fitting. If you are unlucky enough to get a smaller plane on one of the shorter legs you might have to gate check your bag in. I've done this before from O'ahu to Kauai without any problems
     
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  9. West Coast Ace

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    OP, listing your home airport (that you'll go through security) and airline and the countries you're going to would help.

    I fly AA/CX out of LAX and never had a problem. In China on two occasions there were some temporary 'misunderstandings' - but a CX rep was able to intervene and no problem. As @gavna said, EU airports are never a problem. No worries in Australia.
     
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  10. TheIrrefutableOne

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    I use Net Jets, and never had any problems
     
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  11. scotus

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    With all the trophies you're having to carry home, you might need a bigger jet soon, right?
     
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  12. Rjtennis

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    Im going from Minneapolis and just to Mexico. I would love to take my racquet bag on the plane if possible. I brought sticks to Australia and carried it on but that was a few years ago and it looks as if the rules have changed.
     
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  13. West Coast Ace

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    Are you an elite flyer with the airline you are flying? One thing that has changed: there is MUCH less overhead bin space. In Business/First usually not an issue. But in coach unless you get on early (usually a perk for elites who aren't in the front section) the bin space to accommodate a racquet bag will be gone. For a short trip and unless you're playing a tournament, you really don't need your racquet bag. When on vacation I just take a backpack and put in the necessities.

    As far as 'the rules have changed' there was some fear after 9/11. But that should be gone by now. I've flown countless segments since then with my sticks and other than the 2 'misunderstandings' in China, no problem. Good luck.
     
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  14. MGoBlue

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    On my last 2 flights on Delta from Detroit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I was allowed to carry on my 2 rackets from Detroit, but was told in Mexico that I was not allowed to carry them on "for security reasons". I discussed this with a supervisor and got nowhere with them, despite explaining that I had brought them down there on the same airline (they also don't allow you to carry any bottles of water (or other beverages) onto the airplane either). I stuck them in my checked suitcase (fortunately there was room) and they got back OK.

    I used a tennis backpack, which fit just fine in the overhead bin, and I was then able to use it for other purposes while there. Good luck, and have fun!
     
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    Don't they allow some instruments such as guitars as carry on luggage (with additional charge or otherwise)? If so, racquets should be fine.
     
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    Lindsey Davenport carried on her racquet bag, also this was a 737, which is a pretty small plane. I've always carried on my racquets with no problems, usually in the back pack type bag.
     
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    One time Lindsey was not allowed to bring her rackets onboard and had to check them. She looked and saw Martina Hingis on the plane WITH her rackets. Asked the flight attendant who said "oh, but that's Martina Hingis!" Davenport was #1 at the time...
     
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    My racket seems fine after being on two flights back to back in with the luggage. The real test will be when I hit with it but the strings seem about the right tension. I'll test it with RacquetTune.
     
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  19. Rjtennis

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    I had no problem bringing my sticks on to the plane on the way from the US to Mexico. However, on my departing flight tennis rackets were not allowed as carry-on's and I had to check it. The Cancun airport had a display case of restricted items and a tennis racket was in there. I used some bubble wrap and put it in my suitcase and it made it home without a scratch.
     
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    So I took one racket across the Atlantic and back. Both times I checked them in my luggage. I tested that racket tension with RacquetTune and it was 46.2 pounds. Another racket that stayed at home and had a little more use read 46.1 pounds. So my conclusion is that it is perfectly fine to check rackets in with airline luggage assuming you can protect the frames from the baggage handlers.
     
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    I travel quite a bit and usually bring my bag, I don't bring the 10 pack, though. If I'm traveling I use a Babolat 6 pack and use that as a carry on with no problems. It always fits in the overhead bins, even on little lawn darts... No issues flying international either. So far this year, I would say its made 12 flights on a few different airlines. Home airport PBI.
     
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