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Travelling from Santiago airport with walking poles

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Just a reminder for those that are travelling FROM Santiago airport with walking poles

walking poles can be put in the hold for free..... irrespective of which airline is used

This is a special arrangement between the airlines and Santiago airport only

Poles will not be allowed through security so save £15-25 by just going to the desk of whatever airline being used and they will check them into the hold ...we did so just a few days ago with Ryanair

Just wish we'd known this a few years ago!!!
Best wishes
Annette
 

Charles Zammit

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I find this variance in regulation very odd. I flew from Melbourne, Australia , which has arguably some of the most stringent regulations , to Lyon with Carbon Z poles in my carry on pack .From Rome to Malta and return via Ryan air to finally return to Melbourne . Never once challenged or queried .
Travelling can be stressful and confusing enough without such inconsistencies in regulation . I really can't see why officials in Santiago are so scared of poles , perhaps they were frightened by old Fred Astair movies as children .🙂
 

easygoing

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Good information. I too have traveled with carbon Z poles inside my pack though every security check point,even tight London security, except Santiago airport. I travel to Spain every year and this was several years ago. And I can't remember if they were on the outside pocket of the pack where they were visible. Since then I check them with a few other items of clothes for padding.
Has anyone made it through Santiago security with carbon Z poles inside the pack?
 

efdoucette

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I have aluminum Z poles, Black Diamond. Walked the Primitivo last October, flew from Santiago - connecting in London to Canada with my poles ( rubber tips ) inside my pack, no problem whatsoever. Maybe just lucky.
 

TaijiPilgrim

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I have also heard you can check in poles at Santiago for free. However, how do you do this? Do you go to the check-in counter and just hand them over or do you have to package them/ identify them in any special way? To avoid the issue, in the past in Santiago, I have checked in my backpack with poles inside as I was flying with Iberia through to the US.
 

cherirae

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I am flying next month Mexico City to Madrid on Iberia. Had hoped to not check bag but seems poles and small multi-tool knife will not be permitted in carry on.
 

yesshesaid

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Good information. I too have traveled with carbon Z poles inside my pack though every security check point,even tight London security, except Santiago airport. I travel to Spain every year and this was several years ago. And I can't remember if they were on the outside pocket of the pack where they were visible. Since then I check them with a few other items of clothes for padding.
Has anyone made it through Santiago security with carbon Z poles inside the pack?
Yes, in June the desk agent insisted I put them inside the pack on an Aer Lingus flight. No problem at security then.
 

Bala

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I have also heard you can check in poles at Santiago for free. However, how do you do this? Do you go to the check-in counter and just hand them over or do you have to package them/ identify them in any special way? To avoid the issue, in the past in Santiago, I have checked in my backpack with poles inside as I was flying with Iberia through to the US.
Yes, you need to pack them and label them and they will be checked in like regular checked luggage. I bought a container at the post office next to the Pilgrim Office. It cost about 2-3€. I saw people at the airport wrapping poles there in bubble wrap/plastic wrap, which I gather was available for purchase there.

When you check in for your flight, the agent will check the poles and give you a baggage claim ticket. Hang on to that. When I checked in they also offered to check my pack for free. So what the heck! I quickly pulled out the stuff I needed or didn't want to lose and sent it along. It was so nice to walk around the airport pack-free!
 

C clearly

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I really can't see why officials in Santiago are so scared of poles , perhaps they were frightened by old Fred Astair movies as children .
I really doubt that it is a matter of fear of terrorism. More likely they have found that so many passengers from that airport have poles, that it has become a nuisance and different kind of safety issue. As the many poles are wielded and handled in the cabin, being put in the overhead bins, etc., I can imagine people getting poked in the face. Someone decided it was too much and the airport made the sensible policy to have all walking poles check for free.
 

Kathar1na

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Yes, you need to pack them and label them and they will be checked in like regular checked luggage. I bought a container at the post office next to the Pilgrim Office. It cost about 2-3€. I saw people at the airport wrapping poles there in bubble wrap/plastic wrap, which I gather was available for purchase there.
Yes, there is a small post office right next to where you enter the security area and they sell all sorts of packaging material. They are open Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 9 pm.

When I walked through security at Santiago airport not too long ago, I was explicitly asked whether I had walking poles in my backpack. (I didn't).
 

C clearly

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Nothing to do with terrorism C Clearly. More to do with Fred Astair's prowess with a cane .
Yes I see more clearly now. ;) I reacted to part of the post without paying much attention to the reference to Fred. I imagine the scene on flights from Santiago being a little less coordinated, if every pilgrim were carrying poles on board.
 

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