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Old 12-22-08, 09:10 PM   #1
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OT: flying with bike tools

so i'm headed home for x-mas tomorrow, and i'm taking a bike home with me to leave. i'm already going to be paying $100 to take the damn thing with me (it was $50 on air tran to san fran...) and continental charges for any checked luggage, meaning i'm probably going to carry on my bag with clothes/etc.

while i can pack the tools in the box with the bike on the way down, since i'm not bringing the bike back i gotta take the tools in my bag. has anyone had any experience taking bike tools as a carry-on? i wouldn't anticipate any trouble, but something like a pedal wrench can look a little violent...
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Old 12-22-08, 09:13 PM   #2
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Just leave a half hour earlier than expected. Maybe an hour earlier if you really feel it. The worst they can possibly do is ask you to step into one of the private TSA examining rooms, get a background check, and detain/interrogate you for a bit. I don't think they can deem you unable to fly because of a few wrenches.

If it bothers you that much you can just get cheapo tools wherever you're flying to!
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You will not be able to carry the tools into the cabin with you.
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Old 12-22-08, 09:47 PM   #4
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http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...d-items.shtm#7

I was just on this site today. I flew home for Xmas. Tools greater than 7" cannot be carried on.
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Sorry to get a little morbid here, but I think one could easily kill someone with a 7-inch screwdriver.

(this probably just put me on the do-not-fly list.)
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Old 12-22-08, 10:32 PM   #6
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You will not be able to carry the tools into the cabin with you.
some you can. I don't know if any of you rock climb, but I carry my rack on planes on a regular basis. If you've ever seen a rack you'll understand what I"m talking about:

http://www.gdargaud.net/Photo/CPACD2/JennyNiceRack.jpg
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boooooooo trad!

actually, i really like the essence of trad, but i freakin hate crack climbing... i am surprised they've let you take your rack as a carry on. i could see passive pro, but to the untrained eye a cam is like "WTF? that looks dangerous"
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f that- i was able to do just what the op did. I delivered a bike to my brother, and flew back with tools carryon. I had a multipurpose tool (without blade), crank puller, crescent wrench, chain break, and odds and ends, and they didnt really care. they pulled my bag aside, gave it enough of a look to say they tried (ie a peek inside followed by bored gaze) and i was on my merry way. just do it!
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fthey pulled my bag aside, gave it enough of a look to say they tried (ie a peek inside followed by bored gaze) and i was on my merry way. just do it!

this made me lol. TSA goons are tardcarts!
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Put them in your tushie.
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TSA took my headset wrench. I almost missed my flight as a result.
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You might consider shipping them back. A lot of tools can fit in one of those USPS "flat rate" boxes that cost the same (less than $10) regardless of weight.
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Old 12-23-08, 01:00 AM   #13
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Leave the Co2 cartridges at home.
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Call the airline and ask what you're allowed to take on.
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Something to not forget.. Once I had my pedal wrench confiscated because I hurriedly put it in my take on bag.. .Put it in the accessories with your bike box.. But, be careful.. TSA rips apart your bike box so much, stuff can fall out... Tape loose parts to an accessories container so that they will not be lost.. My box was so torn apart, it's a wonder the bike did not fall out.. You'd think they'd know how to open a box more carefully..
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ive been randomly chosen for screening six of my last eight flights. on a good day, ill only be gang tackled for having a tire lever.
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Ship'em back UPS, it's not worth the potential hassle. I got detained 15 minutes due to X-ray showing a single allen wrench in the bottom of my bag, which led to suspicion and more searching, and an interview with a nice TSA agent. It's totally up to the discretion of the agent at the screening station.
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boooooooo trad!
lol. I've never heard a climber dog on trad. before.
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Old 12-23-08, 02:19 PM   #20
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Just ship them. You'll end up with more room in your bag (or a lighter one) and little to no hassles.
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Call the airline and ask what you're allowed to take on.
I assume that whatever information you'd receive from the airline's customer service rep would not always sync with TSA officers. I believe they have some measure of discretion.

+1 on mailing the tools back
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i tried to get on board with my tools (all under 7") and was still detained, but i think it was because my seatpost was over 7" and my crank arm with sprocket attached could be used as a weapon. I say just ship some of the more questionable tools and carry on tools like your crank puller, chain breaker.
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well i made it down, i just put the tools in the box for this round, but i got caught with my u-lock in my bag, had to go check it because of that, so i guess i'm just gonna suck it up and pay the $15 to check my bag on the way back :-/
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well i made it down, i just put the tools in the box for this round, but i got caught with my u-lock in my bag, had to go check it because of that, so i guess i'm just gonna suck it up and pay the $15 to check my bag on the way back :-/
Were you using a messenger bag out of curiosity?

When I visit my dad I throw everything in a big REload bag since I don't trust checked baggage. I'd be scared ****less about loosing everything if I had to check in a messenger bag.
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