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SoClose

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Gentlemen:
I usually take one or two skate trips per year and always pack my board in my check in bag. Always worry that it won't show up, or that it gets damaged (both of my surfboards had the tails crushed on the way to Panama on my last surf trip).
I recently retired and will travel more for skate trips- going to San Diego next week for a 48 hr strike and if my Beamer gets hurt or lost, I'm screwed. I've called several airlines and they say no problem to carry on, but when they ask the size they say it is too large and must be checked.
Not certain what happens if I get stopped by TSA or at the gate.
Any experience out there?

 
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Flew from New Orleans Louisiana to Spokane Washington in June with my BDS bomb deck in a checked bag. No problems, seems pretty hard to damage a skate deck, so if it doesn't get lost I think you are fine. You could take the trucks off and put the deck in a cardboard shipping type thing in your checked bag. I just had my complete in a suitcase with my clothes.

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I fly Southwest, and the first time I brought my .38 to Cali I put it in a box and it went in the belly of the plane.

When I arrived in L.A. my baby was missing..................

After an hour of bitching at Southwest lost and found and refusing to leave LAX without her - VOLA she "magically" appears 

Lesson learned

The last time I flew (Southwest again) I skated my .38 Special right up to the gate and carried it on the plane and nobody said shit


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My boards have logged a lot of airline miles, as I take it when I travel for work.
Usually my Matt Archbold DT longboard goes with.  36".  I just slide it to the back of the overhead bin and slide my bag in front of it.  Said and done, no issues.
And yes, 95% of my miles are logged on Southwest.

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That's good to know, next trip I'll just carry my skate on the plane.
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I used to carry on my board and gear in a BDS skate bag and put it in the overhead compartment.  I was fine as long as there were no tools in the bag.  However, with the newer carry on size restrictions, I don't know if I would be able to do that anymore??
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Flying Trans Atlantic I always check all my skate equipment in a Decent Hardware Park Board Bag. Its done so many trips I've now lost count, arrives every time, never lost a thing from it. Carry on bag size is pretty small these days so best to put it in the hold in a decent bag, don't know how some of you are getting away with it in over head lockers. The restrictions in Europe are much tighter.
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Thanks guys-
A little worried, but will try to carry on board.
Certainly worried what would happen if TSA or the gate agent stops me.
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By the way, skating the Combi on Tuesday and Linda Vista on Wednesday next week if anyone is in the area. August 20 & 21.
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i've carried my board on many times, no worries
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Thanks guys-
A little worried, but will try to carry on board.
Certainly worried what would happen if TSA or the gate agent stops me.


Once, on Alaska Airlines coming back from Kauai, I had to check my deck at the gate.  No biggie, picked it right up on the other end.

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Hey, these are only 15" long, but made in China so no doubt the urethane is shit.  And the trucks.  But the wood is 5 ply bamboo.  And likely no issues on fitting in the overhead compartment.  
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Mike you know better than promoting your products here....

how much are you selling these for?

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Damn it! It wasn't in BST so I thought it would be okay.  [rofl][rofl][rofl][rofl]
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Shoot, that short board will lay upside down under your feet in the plane.
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