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    Default Flying with a backback

    So what do most airlines say about a backpack as baggage. I know the issue about gas canisters they won't even accept the stove head if it has been used. I'm concerned about the straps and such, particularly if the shoulder straps are not allowed. Also any chance the shoulder straps etc. could get caught in their equipment and tear up the pack. It would be easy enough to make a cloth bag to put the pack in, like a giant stuff sack, then mail it home. My shoulder straps can be removed, and the hip belt can be cinched flat.
    Your experiences please.

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    Many have posted about using a cheap dufflebag and ditching the dufflebag at the airport.
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    While we're on the subject of flying with hiking gear, what's the latest TSA regulations regarding trekking poles ?
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    with a frameless pack, I turn it inside out - otherwise put the pack in a big heavy contractor garbage bag zip tied shut

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    I'll be flying from Hawaii to hike the JMT next summer. My plan is to fly with my pack and poles in an old sea bag (duffel bag) I have from my Marine Corps days. Once I land in Cali and am on the way to the trailhead, I will to mail it general Delivery along with a clean set of clothes to myself at the exit (Lone Pine). Once I finish my hike, its simple enough to pick it up, and I'll have fresh clothes for the flight home. If you don't have a sea bag, you can get one at a surplus store for less than $20, I think.
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    [QUOTE=Maui Rhino;1828050]I'll be flying from Hawaii to hike the JMT next summer. My plan is to fly with my pack and poles in an old sea bag (duffel bag) I have from my Marine Corps days. Once I land in Cali and am on the way to the trailhead, I will to mail it general Delivery along with a clean set of clothes to myself at the exit (Lone Pine). Once I finish my hike, its simple enough to pick it up, and I'll have fresh clothes for the flight home.

    Used this M.O. On my section hike (Springer to N.O.C.) Clean cotton and a shower made for a nice trip back to the other world. Stick an addressed Post Office priority box in the duffel bag with your pack and clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui Rhino View Post
    I'll be flying from Hawaii to hike the JMT next summer. My plan is to fly with my pack and poles in an old sea bag (duffel bag) I have from my Marine Corps days. Once I land in Cali and am on the way to the trailhead, I will to mail it general Delivery along with a clean set of clothes to myself at the exit (Lone Pine). Once I finish my hike, its simple enough to pick it up, and I'll have fresh clothes for the flight home. If you don't have a sea bag, you can get one at a surplus store for less than $20, I think.
    That's what I did on the JMT this summer and it worked out well. On the Colorado trail next year, I am thinking of using a bounce box and if I do that I'll just keep the duffel in the bounce box with other things I'll use in towns. I believe that a post office will only hold general delivery boxes for a month so sending the duffel to the endpoint directly from the start won't work for hikes longer than a month.
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    I flew to Boston (from Atlanta) and back by slipping a cheap cotton duffel bag (I bought in Taiwan for $2) over the outside, to protect the straps.

    Kind of like this:http://www.amazon.com/Cotton-Duck-Ex...ef=pd_sim_hg_2

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    I've flown a half dozen times with a fully loaded pack, poles inside, pad strapped to the outside. They will put it in a big plastic bag for you and tie it up. I even leave my nalgenes in the pockets. Never had a problem bringing it as is

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    Last year when I flew from Minneapolis to Atlanta. I double bagged my pack in heavy duty contractor bags. cut a hole to expose the pack handle, so I and the baggage handlers had something to grab hold of. With monster tape I reinforced where I made the cut for pack handle. I then tied my orange bandanna to the pack handle so the handlers could easily find the handle. Everything came to the baggage claim just as I packed it.
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    I flew with 100 Scouts in July to Philmont Scout Ranch and we all used laundry bags to put our backpacks in. You just need to keep all the straps contained so they don't snag the handling equipment. Tie the draw string securely. You can toss the laundry bag, send it home, or give it away when you arrive. Then have someone send you another one when you're done for the trip home.

    If you use a locking duffle bad use a TSA approved lock.

    If you take hiking poles wrap them in cardboard, then wrap your sleeping pad around them to keep them from getting bent.

    Butane stove heads (Pocket Rocket etc.) are OK. Liquid fueled stoves (Whisperlites etc.) and their empty bottles are a problem if they smell of fuel. You can rinse them with water and dry and air out if you have time. No fuel in baggage though. TSA has a section on their website on camping gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squeezebox View Post
    So what do most airlines say about a backpack as baggage. I know the issue about gas canisters they won't even accept the stove head if it has been used.
    Don't know where you got that info, but it's wrong. I just recently flew with my Jetboil and an alky stove in my pack and no problems. White gas stoves are a bit more problematic as they can retain residual fuel in the pump and generator, but if you air them out for a day or so it all should evaporate.
    I'm concerned about the straps and such, particularly if the shoulder straps are not allowed. Also any chance the shoulder straps etc. could get caught in their equipment and tear up the pack. It would be easy enough to make a cloth bag to put the pack in, like a giant stuff sack, then mail it home. My shoulder straps can be removed, and the hip belt can be cinched flat.
    Your experiences please.
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    I flew to Sweden and never had a problem with my stove. On the way back I forgot to take my empty canister out and had to rummage through my pack to get it out but my stove was fine. Also, like others said, just put your pack in a garbage bag.

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    One issue to be aware of when checking camping equipment is that the TSA is more likely to manually inspect the bag compared to normal luggage because there are "unusual" looking items. This happened on my return flight from the JMT. There was a TSA note inside my duffel bag saying that it was inspected. I anticipated this and loosely packed my things in the duffel for easy inspection. If I had checked a tightly packed backpack and put it in a laundry bag or a contractor bag and taped it up, I am not sure how the TSA would have repacked everything and it could have been a mess.

    Overall, on four flights this year my bag was only inspected by TSA one time - so 25% in my case. Others may have different experiences. BTW, I am less paranoid about this sort of thing on the return flight from a trip. It is not that I don't care about my gear on the return, only that if something gets screwed up it won't ruin my trip. For that reason, I shipped my stove and other small items to a PO near the trail for things that I thought could attract attention from the TSA. On the return, I just put everything in my luggage and took my chances. Even the one time tsa inspected, nothing went missing.
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    Ask for a big heavy plastic bag at the counter when you check in for your flight. That is what American Airlines has for the asking. It was long enough to tie a big knot in the top so handlers had something to grab. That was this summer both to and from Albany New York.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinMusic View Post
    Many have posted about using a cheap dufflebag and ditching the dufflebag at the airport.
    I might suggest being careful about how you ditch a dufflebag at an airport. An unattended bag left lying around might attract a bomb squad, even in a garbage can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnybgood View Post
    While we're on the subject of flying with hiking gear, what's the latest TSA regulations regarding trekking poles ?
    I just flew with trekking poles, a lighter, and a small pocket knife, all carry on.

    And on the subject of backpacks on planes, I would just carry it on with you. That way you don't have to worry about loosing it or it being damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd Man Out View Post
    I might suggest being careful about how you ditch a dufflebag at an airport. An unattended bag left lying around might attract a bomb squad, even in a garbage can.
    Good point. I did word that poorly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theGABE View Post
    I just flew with trekking poles, a lighter, and a small pocket knife, all carry on.

    And on the subject of backpacks on planes, I would just carry it on with you. That way you don't have to worry about loosing it or it being damaged.
    You just took a flight with a Pocket Knife as a "carry on"? You should hope nobody forwards your post to Homeland Security. If you end up on the "NO FLY" list, you will know what went wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moldy View Post
    You just took a flight with a Pocket Knife as a "carry on"? You should hope nobody forwards your post to Homeland Security. If you end up on the "NO FLY" list, you will know what went wrong.
    No need to forward the post. NSA is listening. Black SUV's and helicopters have been dispatched. Give yourself up peacefully, theGABE, you are surrounded.

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