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flying with snowshoes

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flying with snowshoes

How do people fly with snowshoes? Carry-on or checked baggage? What about the poles? Or, do they just rent for the time they are there?

I wil be in Yellowstone and West Yellowstone for almost 2 weeks and am wondering what to do. Thanks!

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1. Re: flying with snowshoes

Most people rent them there. With the airlines charging for luggage you have to look at the whole cost. Only your airline can tell you how they would handle snowshoes & poles. And even if you get one answer on the phone, be prepared that you may be told something else at the airport. Try to get something in writing if you try to take them as carry-ons (not sure if they meet the size limitations for that).

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2. Re: flying with snowshoes

Poles will have to go as luggage.

Snow shoes I would call the airline.

Give them the length width and height.

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3. Re: flying with snowshoes

Most airlines would probably classify snowshoes and poles, as sporting equipment, like skiis, golf clubs, diving gear. I would call your airline for their current policies AND RATES to be sure.

Better yet, renting what you need when you get there would elininate all the guess work about the airline's policies and their extra charges$$$

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4. Re: flying with snowshoes

I am sure the poles would have to be checked, not sure about the snowshoes. You can always check the snowshoes and then rent poles when you get to YS.

Check on the TSA website tsa.gov/travelers/…5

As an aside, the TSA prohibited item list is full of DUHHHH items like..meat cleavers, sabers & swords, cattle prods, stun guns, hand grenades and cricket bats... etc.. Hopefully most people won't try to bring these! (Humor here folks, lol)

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5. Re: flying with snowshoes

Casa, don't be too sure about what some people will attempt to bring aboard an aircraft.

On a recent trip, while I was going through security, a big commotion developed in an adjacent line. One young individual was pulled aside into the personal search and screening area, closely followed by two uniformed airport police officers.

It seems that this guy was going on a diving vacation, and though he had checked all of his other gear per airline regs., and he wasn't carrying any nail files or more than 3 oz. of liquid, he somehow "forgot" that he had his 8 inch serrated edge dive knife in his backpack! DUHHH???

When the TSA's confronted him about it, instead of admitting his stupidity and throwing himself at their mercy, Mr. Macho becomes enraged and wants to fight with the TSAs. Not usually the best course of action!

The last we saw of Diver Dan , he was screaming that the TSAs were making him miss his flight, as he was being led away in handcuffs with one of the airport police carrying the backpack..................

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6. Re: flying with snowshoes

Hawkeye, good grief!!

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7. Re: flying with snowshoes

Wow!

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8. Re: flying with snowshoes

kmesaaz, even if you get checked baggage for free (I know getting more unrealistic every day)....consider that your snowshoes may become damaged by the gorillas that handle the bags.....if your snowshoes are like ours, they are made of lightweight aluminum and can bend under weight or mistreatment.....just rent when you arrive

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