Old 10-24-10, 10:06 PM
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Jim, I'm sorry to hear about your bike. Luggage handling can be a brutal business.

The experience a checked bike in luggage receives bears no resemblance to that of gate checking a naked bicycle. I don't check the bike at the ticket counter, and I don't bring it onto the plane. I leave it at the gate, and pick it up, usually, at the gate as well.

The Brompton is classed with the strollers and wheelchairs. The strollers in particular are fragile creatures and seem to generally survive air travel fine. Any time my bike leaves the house, it's at risk. This still strikes me as the safest, and also the easiest, way to fly with a bike.
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