Bicycle Mechanics - flying back home..can i "carry-on" my tools/parts?
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01-17-10, 11:37 AM
..this is probably the wrong forum to ask...
Anyone know if I can carry-on my parts like seat, seat post, derailleurs, brake levers, cables, allen wrenches, wire cutters? Or will I have to check them in?
I'd check them in. Actually, I'd FedEx them home rather than have them disappear as onboard. They won't let so much as a replaceable bit screwdriver as carry-on any more.
01-17-10, 12:16 PM
What he said ^^. I thought about trying to bring my crankset on carry-on but decided against it. I also figured that small wrenches and drivers could raise suspicion too.
According to the TSA website, you can carry tools like screwdrivers that are 7 inches or less in length. However...even with this list printed out from their website, a TSA agent prevented me from doing so last summer. You never know who you're gonna get at the gate to wreck your trip, so check it.
01-17-10, 12:56 PM
If you want to avoid any hassle. Don't bring any tools on your carry-on.
01-17-10, 02:29 PM
When the guy with the scanner said he saw something in my carry-on bag that I couldn't take onboard, I was all "OH. Heh, it's this, isn't it?" and pulled out my Progressive tone-tracer, with a lethal-looking steel tip, similar to this:
He was all, "actually nope, it's this," and pulled out my 4-inch adjustable wrench.
Yeah, my tiny 4-inch adjustable wrench is a major threat to your jumbo jet. Whatever, I'm not missing my flight over a $10 wrench.
01-17-10, 04:41 PM
Check it in.
Buy a starter pistol and keep it in your toolbox and declare it as a "firearm" to make sure everything gets there.
01-17-10, 05:03 PM
good stuff guys.. thanks!
I know you can't take a pedal wrench on! I used to do that for when I'd rent a bike and wanted to put on my own pedals. Got turned back once recently and won't do it again. That particular inspection point had a gift shop nearby and the guy let me go and buy a padded envelope and postage to mail it to myself.
01-18-10, 02:58 PM
If its a tool, they won't let you on the plane with it as carry on.
if it's a bike part, like a greasy freewheel, or a bunch of sample parts, they usually do.
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