Old 06-30-2009, 02:08 PM
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If I'm going to fly, I never check my golf bag - I always carry it on. Never had an issue -and I've done it a bunch of times. Most folks stop and look - because they do show up strange on the XRay machine, and I have had to show them a couple times - but last time I went - the security dude was like..... "You going to a tournament?"
Just be sure to take out anything made of metal - no lighters, etc.

Otherwise don't sweat it.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:08 PM
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Just make sure any tools are out of the bag and you should be fine. I went by the airport a day early to ask them directly, brought by bag filled with what i planned to carry on the flight.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:17 PM
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The discs look a lot more harmless than the 40 lbs of climbing gear I've carried on before.

I think my bag makes a great carryon. Be sure to empty the water bottle in the bag before going through security. I got sent to the back of the line as punishment the last time I forgot.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:33 PM
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Absolutely carry on so they won't be lost or delayed and you will never know when or if they will ever show up again. Could get warped in zub-zero cargo hold too. Take out nail clippers, lighters, etc. so you can sail through the x-rays. I usually always have my bag looked at, but no problems. Have fun.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:34 PM
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I managed to put my small (squirrel monkey) bag in my larger backpack for carry-on, but they made me take it out the first time to run through the X-ray so I just take it out now (sort of like a laptop). I also checked my skillshot goal when I flew a couple weeks ago and no problem. I also considered bringing my PDGA card to show that there is actually a ton of people that play disc golf and I am one of them.

Funny story, I checked my skillshot and my regular bag, and my skillshot got through fine and they lost my other bag and I didn't get it until the next day. So as far as putting practice goes I was covered, just as long as I didn't mind doing it in stinky clothes.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:05 PM
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Just got back from a work trip. Since had my laptops I could not carry it on. So I put my disc bag inside my normal checked luggage. No problems to report. I had a lighter and Cig in my carry on and matches and nobody said anything.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:06 PM
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I have a 12-disc Innova bag. For awhile I carried it on, that was no problem going through security, but it got to be a pain carrying it around while changing planes in big airports like ATL. So I started checking it, and again - and I'm afraid to write this for fear of jinxing myself - that hasn't been a problem either. Though I do keep a list of exactly what I have in my bag, should I ever need to replace it. When airlines started charging for luggage, rather than check two bags (a suitcase and the DG bag) I just take a bigger suitcase, put the full DG bag in there.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by I3ooI3oo View Post
I had a lighter and Cig in my carry on and matches and nobody said anything.
Despite the comments in this thread, TSA rules on lighters changed two years ago (August 2007). Most lighters are allowed in carryons or on your person.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by ChainMan View Post
I'm flying Friday and have never taken a disc golf bag on a commercial flight before so I'm wondering who has and what tips or tricks they might offer? Did you carry on, check it? Nightmares stories and good experiences welcomed!
Just went through this for the first time. On the way out, I didn't think that my Fade Tourney bag would be small enough so I removed all my discs, stuffed most of them in a smaller messenger bag and put the rest in my suitcase and my girlfriends (carry ons). I then disassembled my bag, folded it up and stuffed it in my suitcase.

On the way back I said "screw it" and just kept my bag in tact, put all the discs in it and it worked out just fine. Most airlines allow 2 carry ons, one big one for the over head and one smaller one (laptop bag, purse, etc.) for under the seat in front of you. I fit my full Fade Tourney bag under the seat on a Frontier Airlines plane just fine.

Hope that helps.
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:56 PM
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Wow, thanks everybody! That is a wealth of useful information. Even though I could get away with a few discs in the suitcase since I'm only going to have time for one round in St. Louis I wanted to take my whole tourney bag and let the nieces and nephews toss some plastic around the folks farm. It's always fun to draw new newbies into the game.

Thanks again!
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