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Old 07-30-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Fly 'n Ride - Where do you put your helmet?

So I'll be doing a fly 'n ride next week, to pick up a bike I bought from an inmate.

My question is, do most domestic airlines let you store your helmet in the overhead bin? Does it need to be in a bag of some sort? Any issue with getting it through Security?

I will carry on my small items, change of clothes, etc. in a backpack, which I will store under the seat in front of mine - just wondering about the helmet. Anyone out there with real experience on this subject.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:28 PM   #2
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Carry on in a helmet bag. I have done it a few times. No issues.
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:35 PM   #3
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My fly-n-ride, I brought a large duffel with my gear ... was a direct flight, wasn't worried about lost luggage ... and like Jim said, my helmet was in a helmet bag, inside the duffel.

Upon arriving, I geared up, loaded remaining items into the panniers, then threw away the (aging) duffel. The seller met me at the airport, it worked out great, but mine was only a 400 mike FnR.

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Old 07-30-2014, 10:05 PM   #4
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My last couple bikes were fly n rides. Yes a helmet will fit in the overhead bin.

I flew from Michigan to pick up my ZX12 in Nevada. Brought my helmet and a backpack. Wore my leather jacket and boots at the airport....looked like a weirdo but whatever Did 2 ginormous days to get back to Michigan. No change of clothes.

Picked up my gf's Ninja 250 in Texas off Ebay. Flew down from Colorado. Same thing but only took a day to ride back. No change of clothes.

Make sure to pack rain gear.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:30 AM   #5
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Carry on in a helmet bag. I have done it a few times. No issues.
Ditto.

I would not put my helmet in a checked bag unless I HAD to. And then, I would really want it to be in a hard-side suitcase, if possible. I would be worried that some baggage handler might do something that resulted in a heavy, hard object landing on my helmet (inside a duffel or suitcase) and damaging it. A Fly-n-Ride that forces you to buy a new helmet as soon as you arrive would suck. The probability is low, admittedly. It's just a risk I would TRY to avoid.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:06 AM   #6
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Helmets will not fit in the overhead bins on all airplanes. If you're on a Barbie plane (small, regional jet which typically has left row single seat, right row double seats), a helmet will not fit in the overhead bin (and I wear an XS!), and may or may not fit under the seat in front of you.

I ask the flight attendant (there's only one on these size planes) if he/she can put the helmet in the crew closet. I've only been refused once and faked getting it under the seat in front of me. I would never put my helmet in checked luggage.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:46 AM   #7
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I always take my helmet with me. Always in the overhead bin or under the seat in my helmet bag, never had any issues. I do the ride and fly thing about 5 times a year.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:10 PM   #8
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wear it for added safety, those planes are dangerous
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Old 07-31-2014, 05:52 PM   #9
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wear it for added safety, those planes are dangerous
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:40 PM   #10
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Last week I flew Delta for a fly-in-ride and they allowed my helmet as a carry on no questions asked. Fit fine in the upper storage of the MD88. Good luck with the adventure.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:28 PM   #11
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I like to put my helmet in a Helmet bag and stuff it full of odds and ends.

Then bring a back pack with clothes over night stuff.

People are allowed laptop bags or huge purses so I have never been hassled.
But alas I have not done this much.

They make nice zip shut carry bags that protect the helmet nice.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:16 AM   #12
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I just did my first fly n ride and was a little nervous because I hate flying already without the added anxiety of the other stuff to thnk about.

I wish I had packed more. I had room for my helmet, which was packed full of small items, two nights worth of tshirts, socks, underwear, toiletries, and that's about it. I was nervous about space and did not want to be forced to check my bag. I had plenty of room to spare. I wish I had packed a pair of pants that weren't Moto pants. And a long sleeve shirt. And a towel.

I wore my moto boots, pants, and jacket through security. No problem.

Don't forget straps to tie your duffel down.

Next time I might just ship my stuff to the seller.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:09 AM   #13
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wear it for added safety, those planes are dangerous


I've flown a few times with my lid - nary a problem. Remember to stuff it full of gear :)
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:54 AM   #14
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Also never had any problems bringing it as carry-on. Only did it a couple of times though.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:38 PM   #15
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Our bmw helmets came with a bag, we have used it for both our helmets two years in a row.
On the small regional plane to get us to the international airport I just put it under the seat in front of me.
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