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kikiviva 06-27-2011 07:27 PM

Brining 12 pack tennis bag as carry on
Im taking air canada (canada to brazil) for vacation.

since im taking babolat 12 pack tennis bag + 6 rackets.

is it okay to bring like that as carry on?

or do i have to cut the strings off and put in cargo?

Jack the Hack 07-01-2011 06:57 PM

Do you really need 6 racquets while on vacation?

How 'bout just taking 2 or 3 instead?

In 2007 and 2008, I traveled to several out of state tournaments (within the US) by air. I also usually carry a 12 pack bag with 4 or more racquets when playing tournaments locally in the region (by car), but for these ones that I went to by airplane, I took just 3 in a smaller 6-pack bag. This lightened my carry-on load quite a bit, and since I didn't stuff it full, I was never questioned or asked to check it.

It's just my guess, but an international flight with a stuffed 12-pack bag would probably be a target for the airline to ask you to check it in regular baggage.

By the way, I'm not sure if it has changed, but my old college tennis coach used to fly down to Brazil every summer to help run a tennis camp. He'd always bring in a half dozen racquets, but almost always had to bribe the customs officials to let him through (since tennis racquets were very expensive contraband for the rich down there, and the officials assumed he was bringing them in to illegally resell). Food for thought if you haven't been there before...

slice bh compliment 07-01-2011 11:10 PM

Not sure abewt Air Canada, but a 12 pack rarely fits in the overhead bin unless it is empty. A 6 is perfect, and so is an not-so-full 9er.
When I travel, I use a 6pk for my sticks and my stuff for the trip. A garment bag holds my clothing and shoes, and sometimes you don't even have to check that - it fits in the little hanging closet by 1st class.

Boa viagem!

(that means 'have a good trip' in Portuguese)

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