I flew from Detroit to Paris w/ my bike last yr.
I went to check-in the bike (in a box) at the airline counter. The lady said I have to
first get the bike checked out by the TSA personnel before she can give me
a boarding pass, so I haul the bike there, where
I am asked "where's your boarding pass" I tell the guy I was told to check w/ him
first, but he refuses to proceed w/o me having boarding pass, so back to airline
counter and then once again to TSA (now I can't remember who relented first, but
I do remember I made several not so enjoyable trip hauling the bike back and forth,
I was getting frustrated getting very close to the departure time)
The same story when I came back where this time I connected thru Detroit to LA.
Neither the airline connecting agent nor TSA wanting to do their part before
the other group does their part. I think the airline person finally relented and
gave me a boarding pass.
Has anyone had this kind of experience? What is the rule in this case?
I made the trip to France and back safely so it doesn't matter now, but
still would like to know what the deal is.