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wooden stave on a flight

Discussion in 'Traveling to/from the camino' started by paddy25c, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. paddy25c

    paddy25c Member

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    iam flying from Dublin to biarritz with ryanair , does anybody know if i can bring my wooden pole on board , or should i buy one in sjpdp , its about 4ft long
     
  2. Alan Pearce

    Alan Pearce Active Member Donating Member

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    Hi Paddy

    I checked my wooden staff in to the luggage hold when I flew with Ryanair from Santander to Dublin in 2009. It is about 5 feet long, and I have taken it on 3 caminos, starting in Australia and back again.

    buen camino

    Alan

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    paddy25c Member

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    did they charge you anything extra?
     
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    dougfitz Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Normally it won't be allowed in the cabin, but will be allowed as hold baggage. If you a planning to check your backpack, it won't be an issue. On the other hand, if you a going to try and get your backpack on as cabin luggage to avoid checked bag costs, then you would have a problem.

    Regards,
     
  5. Alan Pearce

    Alan Pearce Active Member Donating Member

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    Hi Paddy

    No. they did not charge anything extra. They got me to tape the pack and the staff together as one unit, but when I picked them up in Dublin, they were separate and Ryanair staff had put another tag on the staff so it would not get lost in transit.

    Alan

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    Lads, So is there's no confusion I'm thinking your bags are checked as over sized luggage with no extra charge. So you have already paid fee for bag.
    Don't really want Ryanair in the doghouse!!!

    Buen Camino.
     
  7. paddy25c

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    for ease of travel though , i could probably get one in sjpdp? iam guessing
     
  8. falcon269

    falcon269 sidra; no commercial interests

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    You can get several hundred in SJPdP!! Every shop in town sells them.
     
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    Do any of the shops sell tall ones, like 6 feet tall?
     
  10. wilburd

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    Does anyone know if we can purchase the walking poles in Porto? How about a good place to stay in Porto before we start the walk? We will be in Porto late April 2012. All the Best, don
     
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    Any problems bringing a wooden walking stick into Spain. Do the authorities there frown on importing wood from away (North America)? Big problems with invasive species here and some jurisdictions prohibit importing foreign wood. I am creating a stick. I will cut it down to 3 sections of 20 inches and create screw attachments to reconnect them. Have seen this for other long poles.

    Any problems carrying such a shortened concoction in my carry on?

    Also have a metal stick which folds and collapses. Can a collapsed metal stick generally be brought on board a plane in carry on?

    Am still sorting out which stick to use on my Camino. Maybe I should use both. All suggestions welcome.
     
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    On the metal walking sticks. It is up to the airline and security. A metal walking stick has been classed as a ski pole, which is prohibited, but has also been classed as a walking aid, which is not. I wouldn't take the chance it would be confiscated and just put it in the cargo hold baggage. Perhaps you can give a bit of protection by putting them in cardboard mailing tubes.
     
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    My wooden staff is 5 feet long, and I have never had any trouble taking it in to Spain [ 3 times]. Getting it back in to Australia is much more difficult, with our very strict quarrantine laws. I have wrapped it in black plastic tied up with tape for travel, and check it through as oversize luggage.

    Alan

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    That's exactly my experience. Sometimes you can take it on board, sometimes not. Once I had sent it in the hold and it arrived broken. Another time they forced me to leave it at the security checkpoint.
    Next time I'll just buy one at arrival and give it away at departure.
     
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    Hi,
    I have been training the past few weeks with a height adjustable walking stick from Physio Needs Dublin 4...I found it very reasonably priced and very comfortable to use..also the fact that it folds up is really handy especially with these new rules about big sticks in the airports..Here's the link if you want to have a look :D

    http://physioneeds.biz/BrowseProducts.aspx?type=/8/383/
     
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    Hola, It shouldn't happen BUT believe it or not I spoke to two passangers after security in Dublin airport at start of June with walking poles!!!!
     

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