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Flying with a Skateboard
« on: July 27, 2021, 10:34:39 AM »
Wife and I are going to Hawaii. She wants to bring our boards which I'm not against.

But for those who have flown with boards, did you just wrap it up in plastic and check it in with your luggage?

I was thinking of just doing check-in and disassembling the board, putting the trucks/wheels in my carry on and  fastening the deck to my bag with a bungee.

Any and all tips are very much appreciated.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2021, 10:56:14 AM »
I recently flew to Colorado twice from California with my boards, I carried it with me onto the plane as my carry on, who are you guys flying with? Check their carry on rules, safe travels!

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2021, 11:20:17 AM »
For my most recent skate trips to Amsterdam and Barcelona, I just took the trucks off and squeezed everything into my hold luggage. Worked fine.

Just remember to bring your skate tool with you.
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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2021, 12:39:49 PM »
In the past I've checked a big duffel bag and put disassembled deck/wheels/trucks in there.  Sometimes carrying on is fine, but I've also had friends get charged $30-$50 to check their board as an "extra bag." Lately I just bite the bullet and have a fresh board shipped to wherever I'm going and pack trucks & wheels.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2021, 01:12:08 PM »
I recently flew to Colorado twice from California with my boards, I carried it with me onto the plane as my carry on, who are you guys flying with? Check their carry on rules, safe travels!
^^they might say you can't have a skateboard as a personal item, but I've found if they let you bring something big like a fishing rod into the cabin, a setup is no issue at the gate. Even worked for me flying roundtrip from Manchester England to Toulouse a few summers ago
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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2021, 02:39:39 PM »
i usually travel with a hiking backpack as luggage and just clip it to the outside with it's straps. havent lost one yet

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2021, 03:56:33 PM »
you guys flying with? Check their carry on rules, safe travels!
Flying Hawaiian Airlines. Their luggage says skateboards travel as check-in.

But I'm traveling with a large Osprey hiking bag so I might just disassemble the board, strap the deck to my bag so I don't get charged an extra $30 for a setup skateboard.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2021, 05:00:12 PM »
i keep the trucks on and have tucked an extra deck behind it with no problem. hopscotched around asia on a bunch of different airlines, zero issues. just keep the wheels up on the belts

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2021, 11:06:54 AM »
It really depends on the airline and even who happens to be working the gate. We've flown with them as carry on and other times they've been checked. Prefer to carry it on, but again, every airline probably has different rules. If you do carry it on just try your best to make it not noticeable.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2021, 02:22:10 AM »
Canít speak for other airlines, but the airline I work for just counts it as a carry on. For probably hundreds of flights in my career here Iíve brought a backpack and a skateboard and no one has said anything. Honestly if you have a board backpack and can strap your board in I would count the whole thing as one but thatís like I said subject to airline and even down to the agent boarding your flight.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2021, 08:19:46 AM »
Iíve never had a problem bringing it as a carry on, and sometimes the flight staff even put my board in a little closet for the ride so I donít have to keep it under my seat or overhead. Iíve also had good luck strapping it to a carryon bag and treating the whole thing as one item.

If Iím going on a longer trip however I like to bring two proper carry ons. Or sometimes we travel with our cat, who counts as a piece of luggage in her little carrier under the seat (lol). When this happens I just bring trucks and buy a deck at the destination.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2021, 11:52:38 AM »
It really depends on the airline and even the people working the gate and on the plane. We travel a lot and pretty much always bring our boards. We've put them in our checked bags at times, but most of the time we carry on and have them strapped to our Burton Kilo backpack. Best bet is to try and avoid anyone seeing it as much as possible.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2021, 04:11:39 PM »
I'm sure this issue is long settled, but something that worked for me was buying one of those nylon skateboard bags from eBay and sticking it in there. When it's just a skateboard, they're like "What the hell are you doing with this here?! You need to check this for $50!" When it's in a bag, the same people (who, remember, see literally tens of thousands of bags a day) don't seem to even notice.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2021, 01:01:41 PM »
I usually fly with just a duffel bag and will strap my board on top of the bag with the hand straps. That way it makes it seems like 1 item rather than 2 and its alot easier to carry through the airport and throw into the overhead bin.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2021, 05:14:58 PM »
I just flew delta no issues with one attached to my backpack and with a duffle bag as well. If it's attached to the bag, it counts as one item. If it's detached, it's two.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2021, 04:52:05 AM »
I havenít been on a plane in 6-7 years, but I used to fly a shit ton. I would check my backpack and just take my board with me on the plane. Also skating through airports every time. Youíd be amazed at how easy it is and the minimal amount of people telling you to not ride it inside. Gate to gate, terminal to terminal, fuck walking.

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Re: Flying with a Skateboard
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2021, 12:18:42 PM »
Iíve done it every way. Sometimes carrying it on can be annoying. Iíve bummed others out by it taking up too much room in storage. I recently bought one of those Trasher duffel bags that you can strap it to the bottom. Itís kinda cool cause it turns your bag into a roller bag. Last time I used it I flew from Charlotte to Denver to Vegas and they checked it no problem. But when I flew home out of Albuquerque they made me stick the whole thing in a huge black plastic bag so it looked like I was picking up a dead body at baggage claim. The best way I think in my experience is to disassemble and get it all in a bag. Easier for everyone except you