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Airline flight(12 posts)

Airline flightAquaholic
Oct 4, 2001 3:06 PM
I'm doing my first trip w/bike on airplane, other than a hardcase any advise?

Lose the CO2mr_spin
Oct 4, 2001 3:34 PM
If you use CO2, leave it at home. Don't pack it, even inside the hardcase. When they x-ray it, the cartridges will show up as suspicious, and bad things could happen to you and your bike. Buy new CO2 when you get to your destination, or just use a pump.

Bring a good book and a happy attitude. From what I've seen, you'll spend a lot of time in the airport these days.

Happy traveling!
CO2 on planesDMoore
Oct 4, 2001 7:34 PM
Not only does it look suspicious in an X-Ray, it's actually a violation of FAA regs to take CO2 cartridges on a plane. They treat them as explosives. In the current travel climate, you may be asking for BIG trouble if you try to take them aboard a plane.
re: Airline flightElefantino
Oct 4, 2001 7:19 PM
In the future, if you join the League of American Bicyclists ( and go through their travel agent, you can save on the $75 fee to carry your bike.

You used to be able to get by (sometimes) by checking it at the curb and having the Skycaps look the other way. But because the FAA has banned cuerbside checkin, you could try this, which worked for a buddy of mine on a Delta flight. Tell the person at the counter that you are not shipping a bicycle. You are shipping bicycle parts. It is true (technically).
curbside banned??rib-eye
Oct 4, 2001 7:43 PM
it's been widely reported the last few days that curbside checking has again been approved by the FAA with certain security precautions. As of today there are many airports around the country using the new procedures.
curbside banned??Elefantino
Oct 4, 2001 7:50 PM
Ours (JIA) isn't back up yet. But if you can check the bike at curbside, a $20 will get the Skycaps to treat you nicely!
The LAW program has NEVER worked for us.MB1
Oct 5, 2001 6:03 AM
We travel a lot. There is a service fee of about $30 and we haven't been able to use our frequent flyer miles with them. There are good reasons to join the LAW but "Bikes Fly Free" isn't one of them.
I believe that would be "LAB"Jay
Oct 5, 2001 6:26 AM
although the LAW hasn't always worked for me either, I mean all these speeding tickets are eating into my bike budget!!! :-)

I hear ya, IMBA has something of the same program but the few times I've flown with my bike, I couldn't use it cause I was using FF miles and booked directly with the airline through an e-ticket. But it's definitely a good idea. Of course, if you do travel alot, S&S couplings are a good investment ( or there are also certain softcases that are stealthy, i.e. they don't look like a hardcase or a bike.

that's one way you can tell the old-timers ...bianchi boy
Oct 5, 2001 9:22 AM
They still call it the LAW out of habit. A while back, I tried to find the league's website and was baffled why I couldn't find it using search engines etc., until I realized I was searching for the wheelmen not bicyclists.
I liked being a"Wheelman" something quaint about it. nmMB1
Oct 5, 2001 9:34 AM
Of course, now it would have to be Wheelpeople ;-) nmJay
Oct 5, 2001 9:40 AM
Packing tips. . .js5280
Oct 5, 2001 12:19 PM
Two good packing tips, may not apply if you have a good hardcase with padding built in:

1) Put pipe insulation around the tubes to help prevent scratches and dings, use zip ties to secure them

2) Make sure something is between the forks and rear dropouts so that if they were crushed, there is something there to stop it. Use some old hubs or go to a bike shop and ask for the platic inserts that ship w/ a frame, they probably have tons of them sitting around.

Last tip, you usually don't have to do anything with cables, just unbolt the handlebar from the stem and fold them over.

Happy travels!