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What's OK to carry on airplane?

Posted: Fri, Aug 07 2015, 12:36 PM
by Mahtman
When I go to the airport, what kite stuff will TSA allow through its airport security checkpoints as carry on luggage?

I know from repeated personal experience that kites with spars are OK.

Questions:
1. Will TSA allow me to carry metal Rev handles (Mikey made, of course)?
2. Will TSA allow me to carry on metal-shafted ground stakes?
3. Will TSA allow me to carry on ground stakes with fiberglass shafts?

Thanks,
Mitch

Re: What's OK to carry on airplane?

Posted: Fri, Aug 07 2015, 07:12 PM
by Mike
I've traveled with carryon kites quite a few times.
1. No problems with metal handles.
2. I've never tried. If they noticed them, I expect they would confiscate them.
3. I have carried small fiberglass shafted ground stakes, but they didn't see them.

I have carried on an oversized aluminum drinking straw that I got a truck stop. It was in a mesh pocket on the outside of the kite sleeve and plainly visible. In the field, it jams into the the ground OK, and doesn't have a point to bother TSA.
A quick search shows aluminum ones on EBay and Stainless steel ones on Amazon.

Re: What's OK to carry on airplane?

Posted: Sat, Aug 08 2015, 12:04 AM
by goestoeleven
Depends where you intend to fly. You many not need a ground stake. On the beach, you can often jam the handles into the sand, and/or find a random piece of something on the beach to use as an improvised stake. A bit more challenging on a grass field because you can't jam the handles into the ground. I usually leave a carabiner on my backpack, and then I can loop the handles/top lines through the small 'biner clipped to my bag if nothing else works. Then I never have to bring a ground stake.