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How to travel with helmets?
« on: January 14, 2019, 09:57:32 PM »
For those of you who have flown recently between continents with your helmet(s) what is the current best practice? A few years ago, we flew within North American with two helmets (and our riding gear padding) stuffed in duffel which we carried on with us. I'm not sure if we would be allowed to carry on helmets today, especially if they have COM systems built into them?

What do you with your helmets on a flight?
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Re: How to travel with helmets?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 10:07:57 PM »
I have this bag, in yellow. I put the helmet in there and carry it with me in the cabin.

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Re: How to travel with helmets?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 11:12:25 PM »
Some airlines won't allow helmets as hand luggage 'coz they won't fit in the overhead lockers = they have to go in the hold = I use cheap flight cases designed for DJs to carry 12" vinyl that's just big enough to take a Shoei Neotec & stuff clothes around it as extra padding / protection.

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Re: How to travel with helmets?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2019, 07:05:39 AM »
Flown transatlantic and within Europe on BA and American many times and always taken my helmet as hand luggage - in a helmet bag.
Being safety equipment that could get damaged in the hold there's never been an issue. Regional jet with American, they stuck it in the forward locker when it wouldn't fit into the overhead. Larger aircraft have never been an issue.

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Re: How to travel with helmets?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2019, 01:12:41 PM »
I'm with the helmet bag in the cabin option, most airlines will allow you to have it at your feet, beware of extra legroom options, these are often at emergency exits so you can't have anything at your feet, depends on the length of the flight, but I often have a rucksack with my camera at my feet on European flights with a problem, getting a window seat also makes this easier.

Of course the curve ball is to buy/ hire one when you get there, I was going to do that when hiring a bike in France.

I don't think the comms would be an issue as long as they're switched off to avoid and potential Bluetooth RFI type issues (i.e. put it in flight safe mode)  :016:

Best option is to phone your airline and ask, I've seen a few people taking ski helmets, etc, on flights in the cabin  :028:


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Re: How to travel with helmets?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2019, 01:27:44 PM »
*Originally Posted by Dilbert [+]
I'm with the helmet bag in the cabin option, most airlines will allow you to have it at your feet, beware of extra legroom options, these are often at emergency exits so you can't have anything at your feet, depends on the length of the flight, but I often have a rucksack with my camera at my feet on European flights with a problem, getting a window seat also makes this easier.

Of course the curve ball is to buy/ hire one when you get there, I was going to do that when hiring a bike in France.

I don't think the comms would be an issue as long as they're switched off to avoid and potential Bluetooth RFI type issues (i.e. put it in flight safe mode)  :016:

Best option is to phone your airline and ask, I've seen a few people taking ski helmets, etc, on flights in the cabin  :028:

 :028: The longest I flew was to South Africa and back in South African Airlines direct from NY. Had no problems putting the helmet with the case in the overhead compartment. I also had a backpack which fits under the seat in front of me.
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Re: How to travel with helmets?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2019, 05:09:30 PM »
Our flight will be two or three stops, potentially 27 to 32 hours of flying, so I am not crazy about the idea of having it at our feet. I would prefer to have the helmets in a carry-on vs check-in, especially if our luggage gets lost in transit. But I think I could hire a helmet from Sama if we need one. I will check with the airline once we book our flights.
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Re: How to travel with helmets?
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2019, 03:26:35 AM »
The lady from SAMA tours has presented at my club, and been to a couple of our AGMs now.
Looks tempting, but I have been to South Africa, and the missus has been to other African countries to look at scenery and wildlife.

We are going to NZ end of Feb.  Expect to hire a bike for a few weeks or so.  (RV on the north island.)
Hire of gear is $5 per item per day... we plan on taking our riding gear.
The helmets will go as carry-on.  I don't expect any issues there.  I think they will be safer in overhead lockers than being thrown around to and from the cargo hold.

 


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