Backpacks and poles = check or carry on?

Backpacks and poles = check or carry on?

The question was:

In the past few years, we have come up against various “rules” regarding luggage which seem to make no sense. For instance, last week I traveled from California to Oregon via air. I called the airlines ahead of time to be sure my luggage was of the size & weight to carry on, only to have them tell me at check-in that the luggage must be checked, which cost me a whopping $40 instead of the $15 I was prepared to pay for the one extra bag.

Sooo.. we’d like to be prepared when it comes to our backpack and hiking poles.

Does anyone have any recent experience flying on British Air from the USA to Spain/Europe?

Read the good advice on checking poles or backpack while traveling to the Camino de Santiago.