Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Zack Dudley, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. Zack Dudley

    Zack Dudley Take em'

    anyone know if you can bring a nine foot two piece fly rod on the airplane without checking it??
  2. alpinetrout

    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

    Nobody likes that guy.
  3. Zack Dudley

    Zack Dudley Take em'

    the guy that brings a pole aboard?? we have three seats in a row and i've got a case??
  4. alpinetrout

    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

    Ever since the new checked bag fees went into effect, people have been trying to carry on more and more luggage to avoid paying extra. Since airlines in North America don't bother to enforce their own carry-on limits, it's led to a total shit show every time you board a plane now. I've started intentionally booking seats near the back of the plane just so I can board earlier and have a place for my carry-on bag. If you show up with a 2-piece rod tube, be prepared to gate check it.
  5. Zack Dudley

    Zack Dudley Take em'

    well shitttttt that puts a damper on my plan looks like im not checking a bag hahah i guess i'll check the rod then! thanks for the info alpine
  6. NomDeTrout

    NomDeTrout Fly Guy Eat Pie

    you can always hold onto your tube in your seat. I once carried a guitar case on board and hugged it for a 7 hour flight. not the most comfortable situation but i'd rather not let someone else handle my guitar.
  7. Jake Dixon

    Jake Dixon Member

    I tried to carry on two 4-piece rods and a messenger bag earlier this year. I figured they were way smaller than a piece of carry-on luggage. The gate agent told me I could not carry three "bags" on the flight, so I ended up checking my messenger bag. But the good news is that they didn't charge me for it. I'm not sure, but I don't think they have the capability to add a charge fee at the gate.

    Maybe that makes me "that" guy - I've always hated "that" guy.
  8. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

    Looks like I picked a bad week to quit sniffing glue.

    Carry it to the gate if they let you. Worst case, the gate agent or ramp lead will hand carry it down to the ramp and put it in the bin. At least you'll reduce your odds of a baggage handler putting it on the wrong plane, running it over with a belt loader, or having it jam up in a conveyor belt and getting destroyed by 50%.
  9. Zack Dudley

    Zack Dudley Take em'

    nice thanks for the info guys! it helps a million times it says you can carry a "bag" that has 68 linear inches and this tube only measures out to be 58 linear inches but its not like a bag haha
  10. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

    You could always tell them you work for a hospital organ donor program and there's a porn star in LA that needs a transplant. :rofl:
  11. Zack Dudley

    Zack Dudley Take em'

    AHAHAHAHA i could but im going to arizona ha
  12. Gary Thayer

    Gary Thayer Member

    There is no correct answer to this subject; you may be allowed to proceed to the gate, it is there where you will learn whether or not you may take the rod aboard. If not, my experience is they will tag it and have you leave it near the cabin entrance at boarding. Sometimes I'll find my rod upon exit from the plane, other times in baggage pick up (Also, the rods will appear in the special items pick up station). Have never been billed for this process; beats checking as an extra bag.

  13. jobyksu

    jobyksu Long Drift Trouter

    The three times I've flown with a 2 piece 8'6" rod I've checked it at the gate. Southwestern and United it was extremely easy - the Frontier agent, however, nearly blew a gasket. Tried to make me leave it (with who????) and kept saying I should have called the airline and asked.

    From now on I'll call and ask :D
  14. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

    gate checking is free, I do it with my guitar all the time
  15. Trevor Thorp

    Trevor Thorp Happy to be home in the NW

    I have taken my 9'6" two piece to Florida and Spain with no problems. I just lay under my seat. Nobody in front or behind me complained. You can put in the closet where you enter the plane also. This is where people with large business suit bags hang them. There is plenty of room to toss a rod in there.
  16. hap

    hap Member

    I fly frequently with long rod tubes and have never been given any grief or had to gate check. Last year on a short, simple flight from Anchorage to Kodiak they lost a checked bag with two 4-piece high end rods and lots of other stuff.

    Found out the hard way they have an exclusion right up front on paying for tripods. Lost a tripod there and they refused to pay any part of it. Now I show up with my monster tripod (much larger than a simple 2-piece rod tube) and do not let them touch it and refuse to gate check it because they refuse to cover it. And since size is not the issue, only their concern over their own competence, I have yet to lose that argument.

    It fits in the overhead if it is not sectioned off. Long rods usually fit there easily...
  17. hap

    hap Member

    Sorry, but the visual was too much ;) Do you do that to look up skirts, or what? ;)
  18. g_smolt

    g_smolt Recreational User

    AK Air is good about rod tubes, even for cretins like yourself with stone-age 2-piece rods...

    All kidding aside, I fly AK Air 5-6 times a year with up to 6 rod tubes* as my carryon, and the only time I got any flak was from a junior toady who was quickly overruled by the chief steward.

    *in a single carrier, including two 13'6" 3-piece twigs, but mostly 4-piece rods up to 13'.
  19. scottybs

    scottybs Active Member

    Zack Dudley-

    I fly airliners for a living... I see people carrying fly rod tubes of all different sizes along with them all the time... Even while on the job I've brought a 2 piece 8'6" with me... while it's a pain in the butt the airlines shouldn't give you too much of a problem... just carry it as your "personal item"...


  20. Zack Dudley

    Zack Dudley Take em'

    thanks for all the info guys! im flying united so it should be ok haha