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Old    wakeking933            10-26-2005, 12:35 PM Reply   
i'm going on vacation and want to take my board on the plane is there a chaep way to do this w/out damage or buying a board bag?
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       10-26-2005, 12:57 PM Reply   
you'll need a board bag. But, you can buy pipe insulation (foam padding) at any hardware store to protect the edges.
Old     (spoonman)      Join Date: Aug 2005       10-26-2005, 1:06 PM Reply   
Watch out, depending on which airline they can charge you to check board.United is 80$ each way.Put it in a soft golf bag one tahat says a golf company name on it no charge forchecking golf clubs.
Old     (madchild1)      Join Date: Mar 2005       10-26-2005, 1:08 PM Reply   
you might try fedex-ing it to your destination.

my parents did that one time when they went on vacation and bought a ton of stuff.
Old     (teamvaldez)      Join Date: Apr 2003       10-26-2005, 1:13 PM Reply   
HI Corey!! We usually fly with Delta. When they ask you what it is, you need to say "water ski equipment" If you say the word "board" they will think that it is a surfboard and they DO charge the $80.00 (each way) Whatever you do, do NOT say the word BOARD. You shouldn't have a problem.
Old     (dmcguirt23)      Join Date: Aug 2004       10-26-2005, 1:32 PM Reply   
yeah, i think it's shannon best's board company that makes a kiteboard bag the says Best Golf on the side of it, it kind of looks like a golf bag too so you dont get charged the 70 or 80 bucks to check it. Also, this is what happens when you DONT bag your board. The guy i bought my Subjekt from had flown with his up to Canada and it got dropped by airport employees, so the two tips on one of the ends were cracked when i got it, but it still rides fine because he glued the cracks back before he rode it again. moral of the story, Buy a Board Bag.
Old     (eternalshadow)      Join Date: Nov 2001       10-26-2005, 2:57 PM Reply   
I have a board bag that cost me $60, and both trips I've take to CA with Alakan/Horizon I've not been charged extra fees. My bag is on the medium padding side so I wrap my board in my sleeping bag, and place a foam piece on the tip tail, and widest part of the edge. 4 flights and it's done okay. Now if I could just not have customs check it every time and wreck my sleeping bag when the zip my board bag back up I'd be happier.
Old     (biz)      Join Date: Mar 2004       10-26-2005, 3:20 PM Reply   
I have never been charged for my Burton Snowboard bag (two boards w/ bindings). It is a heavy duty bag with wheels. You shouldn't have a problem.
Old     (sdub)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-26-2005, 3:28 PM Reply   
I was thinking the same thing....never been charged when traveling with my snowboard.
Old     (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       10-26-2005, 3:38 PM Reply   
I used a board bag on a recent trip and I think I know the secret to avoiding the fees:

1) check the bag with the skycap and give him $5
2) if he asks (he asked me), tell him it's a trick ski

no problems.
Old     (cubanismo)      Join Date: Jan 2005       10-27-2005, 9:43 AM Reply   
I always play the snowboard card and have never had a problem.


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