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    Default Airplanes & Skateboards

    I'm planning to head to Florida in Februrary to visit family and do some skating. My question is basically: What is the best way to get on the plane with a skate? Last time I went with a board I just threw it under my seat but I'm sure a lot has change since 9/11. I was thinking of mailing it beforehand but I don't want to show up with a bag of pads only for them to tell me the board was lost. What do you guys recommend?


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    i bought a deck in vegas. when i flew back to jersey i brought it to the check in desk & was like, "help, please." they gave me a sturdy enuff box & i checked it under the plane.
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    Thats a cool idea. I was thinkin of getting one of those backpacks with straps for a skateboard but I'm not sure if they are any good for airports and non-popsickle boards.

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    Longboards go nice in a snowboard bag. Or if you wanna hide it in carry on, put it in one of those hangin' clothing bags.
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    what part of florida are you going to?

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    I'm heading to the Jacksonville/ST.Augustine area. I'm actually staying in a town called Middleburg, supposedly a stones throw to Georgia.

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    i've gotta work out how to get 2 boards to new zealand. how much is a snowboard bag? anybody experienced loss of boards or breakages,problems?
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    snowboard bags work well
    but you have to check them
    ups or fedex or usps
    to your hotel or house
    works too
    any of these scenarios
    carries the risk of loss
    insure heavily
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    i might just put them in a long bag with my clothes. and insure them!
    bah humbug

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    I attached mine to the outside of my backpacking backpack. The airline gave me a big plastic bag and a bunch of fragile stickers. It got out with nothing harmed.
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    i've decided on bodyboard bag and duct tape and bubble wrap.

    can also fit most of my clothes in it...
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    Snowboard bag, but make sure it's a bigger board. I put my 36'er in a 160 bag, and put all my clothes at one end, and got the floppies.
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    i'm putting it in a six foot surfboard bag so i can folt it over and keep everything from flopping around.
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    Nike baseball/bat bag worked great for me. My 36" Afroman, pads, helmet, shoes, and other **** all fit just fine. Survived Denver --> San Jose and back.

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    just get some cardboard boxes that your boards can fit in put some padding under it so it wont be crushed if something heavy get thrown on top of it and check that sucka

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    Default Aeroplanes & Longboards...

    I know that from flying around Europe - if you want to take a board on the plane as 'hand luggage' it has to be 'in a bag'.

    I got busted trying to take my downhill race board on a plane to Spain, the idiot at the gate told me "It must be in a bag sir, otherwise you will have to leave it behind". I went away and after five minutes of rooting around through the airport bins, I returned with my 35" deck poking out of a flimsy plastic duty-free carrier bag!

    I argued that technically the board was now 'In a bag' - After a while they got tired of my persistence and let me on the plane with it anyway!!!

    I remember hearing that U.S. rider Tom Mason sneaked a board on a plane a few years ago - and bombed down the central isle as the plane was climbing after takeoff!!!


    Nick C. recently flew a pair of longboards out to Moscow for our summer trip - He removed the trucks and bolted the decks together back to back, the trucks went in his luggage and the decks went separately. No problem with damage at all.


    There is a BIG advantage to packing boards in surfboard bags though, especially if you are travelling to a race - and you have a lot of equipment to carry:-

    Some budget airlines charge a SET FEE for carrying surfboards (Irrespective of weight) - rather than charging you for excess baggage by weight. This means that if you are flying abroad for a race - you can pack ALL your kit into a surfboard bag - decks, trucks, wheels, leathers... etc.. and make a killer saving instead of having to pay by weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holikujak
    just get some cardboard boxes that your boards can fit in put some padding under it so it wont be crushed if something heavy get thrown on top of it and check that sucka
    If that box is taped, they'll cut it open to inspect it. I wouldn't trust anyone to tape it back up correctly.

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    I finally found what I needed. I have a Army surplus store nearby that had giant canvas duffel bags. It was only $15.00USD and holds my skate and all of my equipment. I could even probably fit another skate and maybe a case of beer.

    I'll be in Florida(in between Jacksonville and St.Augustine) Fri 13th thru Mon 23rd. Pm me if you want meet up and skate.

    This is the park that caught my eye and is 20min from where I'm staying.

    http://www.skatespots.com/fl-sta.html

    Thanks for all your help and experiences.

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    Well Ive never been on a plane before but Im sure that natures pocket would work the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joseph
    i've gotta work out how to get 2 boards to new zealand. how much is a snowboard bag? anybody experienced loss of boards or breakages,problems?
    I took my board to NZ in a snowboard bag-changed planes about 5 times on the way, and only lost the bag once, and they found it right away.


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