Carry on problems?

Silversurfer

Posted: Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 18:47

Heard of some problems with tents (pegs and poles being seized) in carry on luggage. Some reports say they got through fine,others ended with problems. I am aware of baggage restrictions and any information would be great.

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Silversurfer



GRRR 20

Posted: Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 19:03

This is what happened on my last two trips to Corsica -

The first trip, I decided to take carry-on luggage only. Just my backpack for the trek. I didn't take trekking poles because I didn't want to risk having them confiscated. Everything got through on the outward flight. I really wished I had the poles, so it was a mistake to leave them at home. Coming home was different, and the x-ray people made me empty my pack. They didn't like my tent pegs, which were expensive titanium ones. One of the staff was feeling how sharp they were, so I just grabbed a peg and tried to stab myself in the hand with it. "Not sharp" I said, and they let me take them home.

Latest trip, I just put everything into the hold and paid the extra money. I wanted my pegs, poles, sharp knife and everything. It was worth the extra money just to know that I would have everything for the trip, and not end up having things confiscated.

I know someone who uses a trekking pole that looks like an old-fashioned walking stick. He is an old man and he says no-one ever stopped him taking it on the aircraft. I guess they might stop a younger person.



Silversurfer

Posted: Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 19:42

I think I'm going to err on the side of caution and pay the extra even though it's a pain paying/waiting for baggage,mind you have the knowledge that all your own gear works when you need it to. When I retire I could set up a great little earner selling minibus rides to Calanzena and selling tent accessories!
Thanks again, GRRR 20.

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Silversurfer



Gaffr

Posted: Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 6:41

I thought at first that you were planning a new film in the series....Carry on in a flight to Corse.

You English folks are skinflints. :-) Pay up and take some proper kit with you for use on Corse.
Are you the same folks that I read about in the Walker's web sites who want to have 'Mickey Mouse' maps for free instead of paying for the real thing i.e. the OS in GB? :-)
You don't have to wait long for your rucksack in Bastia ...a small airport...very quick turn around there.
Mind your I have had thoughts at times of arriving on an island and finding out that my 'sack had somehow not being put into the hold etc. and having no fixed address to deliver it to etc. Total worldly possessions adrift in some airport and out of reach. All that I have to keep me alive for the next fifteen days or so, apart from some Euros, and with the prospect of hanging around an airport until the 'sack arrives. It would upset a very tight schedule. Certainly wouldn't have enough money to go into Bastia, on a Sunday...no chance, to get some replacement kit.

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Gaffr



Silversurfer

Posted: Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 14:54

Gaffr,

Thank you for your well thought out observations/assumptions.

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Silversurfer