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flying with bikes with the extra security(12 posts)

flying with bikes with the extra securityclimbo
Sep 21, 2001 6:54 AM
anybody flown with a bike since the 11th? Wondering if I'll have to unpack it before it gets on the plane? I imagine that there will be some high security on a bike box.
Wouldn't think it would be a big deal.......Len J
Sep 21, 2001 7:03 AM
I haven't tried since 9/11 but consider this:

You have to check the bike (can't carry on), that hasn't changed.

I don't think there is any apparent upgrade of security on checked luggage (other than no curbside check-in). I'm sure all checked luggage will be heavily X-Rayed behind the scene, but I don't think they are going to be asking everyone to open bags. I could be wrong about this but I haven't heard anything.

The only thing that they could do is not accept unusual packages, but with thier revenue problems, I don't think they will, since you will pay extra for the bike.

My .02

Len
re: flying with bikes with the extra securityKen2
Sep 21, 2001 7:33 AM
Better check with your airline/airport. In San Antonio they *hand check all luggage* at the check-in counter. Any unusual problems and you get shunted aside to wait.
re: flying with bikes with the extra securityclimbo
Sep 21, 2001 7:48 AM
i'll be there 3 hours early then, thanks, I'll check closer to next Friday on possible dealys.
send your bike early via FedEX or UPSDave Hickey
Sep 21, 2001 9:24 AM
Send you bike to the hotel or where ever you are staying. You'll eliminate alot of hassle at the airports.
send your bike early via FedEX or UPSclimbo
Sep 21, 2001 9:46 AM
I have vouchers to fly it free and I don't really trust shipping it right now, someone I know sent a bike back from Colorado last week and it's nowhere in sight yet. To do that means I can't ride it this weekend also.
Why don't you call them and ask?pmf1
Sep 21, 2001 10:36 AM
From what I've heard (from friends who have flown lately), airport security has not changed since before the 11-th. Still the same old fat, minimum wage earning guys half asleep at the metal detector. Still the same questions with the addition of "do you have a knife in your posession". No bomb sniffing dogs or cops with machine guns.

Now that luggage check-in outside is gone, the lines are longer as is the wait.

I'd think that if you're checking the bike, there would be no problem. If you're trying to carry it on the plane, there would be (as there always would have been) a problem.

Anyone been directly affected by this?
Why don't you call them and ask?climbo
Sep 21, 2001 10:50 AM
i did, they're busy, not really sure and it depends on what's happening in a week from now, that's why I asked if anyone had been in the position yet? I'm guessing it'll be fine, maybe just a bit more of a delay. Hopefully though, the flight will be pretty empty so I can lounge about back in coach.
The airline I'm going with has no problemsAtombomber
Sep 21, 2001 11:02 AM
I called my airline to enquire about travelling with a bike. No problems. The concerns right now are with carry on baggage, where tools can be used as weapons. Everything going into storage is screened by sniffer-dogs and machines. If you aren't planning on carrying a bomb, then don't worry about anything.
no problem from PDXLuis
Sep 21, 2001 12:00 PM
I brought my bike home from Portland last Sunday morning in a TriAll-3 case. Aside for having to get there 3 hours early the bike went through without a hitch on Alaska Airlines.
re: flying with bikes with the extra securityRoyS
Sep 22, 2001 9:57 AM
I flew from Geneva to Canada (via London Heathrow) last Sunday without any difficulties at security. However, I did have to walk dragging luggage and bike box - which both fortunately had wheels - from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 in Heathrow. Considering the circumstances at Heathrow, the TriAll case paid for itself in one trip.
Flew With My Bike on the 16thStew
Sep 24, 2001 5:51 AM
I have a Crateworks box. Had to open the box and show them what was in each compartment. They took the wheels out and felt through the tires to make sure there wasn't anything hidden inside (I had already deflated my tires for the trip). And they wanted to see what was in my seat bag. It wasn't really a big deal and pretty much what I had expected.