Thanks, Bill! Well, I did call United Airlines. He said trekking poles were okay, just remove the tips. I'm going to believe him and do just that and what you suggested and worked for you. Decided to buy a swiss army knife in Europe, so we're going strictly carry-on. What a relief. Now to weight all my kit and determine how much me thinks I can carry. I loved walking with 13 lbs! Couldn't even feel the pack on me. Hoping I can whittle down to that.I flew from Edmonton to Madrid last September, and had carry-on luggage only. My collapsible walking sticks were in my back pack, but I removed the carbon tips and had the tips in with my toiletries. This way with blunt ends, my poles were not perceived as a possible weapon.
Buy telescopic ones, put them in your pack and check it in. Or support the local economy and buy a pair at your starting point.Anybody have any experience with flying with hiking poles? Allowed, not allowed? Do you have to check them or have a "bag" just for them? Can't find any rules to follow on the airlines page. Suggestions or experiences?
Anybody have any experience with flying with hiking poles? Allowed, not allowed? Do you have to check them or have a "bag" just for them? Can't find any rules to follow on the airlines page. Suggestions or experiences?
Thanks pilgrim b, I have merged them now.We have two threads on walking pole transit at the moment "Flying with Trekking poles" not literally of course. With some info on removing carbon tips and getting through attached to packs. Moderators (the posts probably could be joined together)what do you think?
peregrina, do you strap them to the outside of your pack, or do you tuck them away inside? And how long are they when totally collapsed? Thanks much........ I have carried my poles on board every year for the last five or six years, never a problem. But I fly US-Spain with no intermediate stops, so things may be different with a different country of departure. Buen camino, Laurie
Which airline are tou flying?Before I add my two cents, can I ask where you will be flying from? I have carried my poles on board every year for the last five or six years, never a problem. But I fly US-Spain with no intermediate stops, so things may be different with a different country of departure. Buen camino, Laurie
Don't blame the airlines. The ban on poles as carry-on items is from the various national air safety authorities. It is applied by the airport security staff, who are, after all, human and we have have to accept may occasionally overlook something in their checking. I don't think one could rely on that.Tricky one my friend. Each airline seems to have it's own rules
Just called Alaskan Air and my z-poles are banned by TSA. She was surprised that United Airlines said they were Okay for carry-on. So I'm getting a tube to put them in, also will include our Swiss Army knife and lotion -- will check them all the way to CDG and repack there. She also said buying z-poles were quite expensive in Europe. Good to know now, rather than at the airport(s)! Plan on buying a bag in Madrid for poles/gifts for our return flight home.
I tried to remove the tips of my poles but it's not possible - only expensive ones like Leki will let you do that. I think the best option for me is to send it to the hotel I have booked the first night and pick them up from there. I sent an email asking in English and then got a phone call in Spanish - we obviously didn't communicate very well but I am hoping to manage a Spanish email next!
Really? Customs duty on stuff that isn't even new? I am flying from the UK and never thought this would be a problem inside the EU. Thanks for the heads up though, I'll just help the Spanish economy a bit extra and buy one when I get there, even if it seems a bit wasteful - Santiago must be full of left stuff. Or maybe I can find a left one?
Pay your money, take your chances! There are more success stories than failures, but leaving Santiago, poles seem to be confiscated more often than not.Not a problem with TSA