Helmet as carry on?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by H2O, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Schtum

    Schtum Free Genie

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    +1 on the helmet bag. I've flown into the US from the UK several times with my Arai XD or Shoei Hornet in a Scorpion helmet case. Earlier this year, I flew into Newark and then took a connecting flight to Indianapolis in an Embraer where the helmet wouldn't fit in either the overhead or under the seat in front. The nice cabin staff lady put it in the locker at the front of the plane for me.

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  2. kpt4321

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    I would either carry it on, or just put it in a box with some bubble wrap or styrofoam and check it.

    For those of you worried about your helmet's treatment by baggale handlers, do you think that the UPS/FedEx guys who shipped your helmet from Korea to wherever were any nicer to it? :rofl Just pack it reasonably well and be done with it.
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  3. n2deep1901

    n2deep1901 Been here awhile

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    Does anyone have any recent experience I know the last post on here was 2011 looking at doing a fly and ride to pick up a motorcycle trying to figure out how to get my helmet there.
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  4. TUCKERS

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    I've always carried mine. Even had it in my lap. Never a question, query or interesting look. I have to imagine it's not that unusual. I've seen people carry stuff WAY more weird.
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  5. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy My reality check bounced.

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    It could be carefully packed up in a box with bubble wrap and sent Fed Ex to your destination.
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  6. n2deep1901

    n2deep1901 Been here awhile

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    Just wanting to make sure with all the new tsa BS
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  7. shu

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    I've done it several times in the past 5 years, most recently (this past year) on American, United, Lufthansa, and Turkish Air. It is no problem to carry your helmet on an airplane.

    Put it in a small pack or a small, cheap lightweight duffel. Pad it with a jacket or sweater, and cover the faceshield with a plastic bag so it doesn't get scratched. I usually put my tablet, snacks and other stuff for the plane ride in a plastic grocery bag and put that in the duffel as well. TSA doesn't blink an eye, it's all standard to them.

    When I get on the plane, I remove the grocery bag with my stuff for the plane ride and stash it under the seat. The duffle with the helmet goes overhead. Sit back and relax, no problem.

    ................shu
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  8. Nate1005

    Nate1005 Been here awhile

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    Just flew to CO and back with my helmet and a small backpack as a carry on. Not a single issue, TSA didn't care in the least, nor did any of the flight attendants. I was worried that they'd have an issue but they didn't even bat an eye at it.

    The lid even fit decently under the seat in front of me too and I'm rocking an XL Shoei... no way it would fit overhead (not that I would put it there anyway).
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  9. lhendrik

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    Why not in the overhead? Up there it seems cleaner, and not in the way of my feet...
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  10. Nate1005

    Nate1005 Been here awhile

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    Mostly because I'd rather not have it rolling around up there, or having some other piece of luggage bouncing on my lid while in flight. I just prefer to keep it in sight.

    As for foot room, I'm 6'3" and hate airline seats but I don't feel cramped with it at my feet. Most of the time the center seat is open so I can just put it on the floor there.
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  11. Mr. Mota

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    The last few years most of my flights have been with gear on. Walk onboard with full tank bag, plastic bag with laptop and sometimes helmet. No issues.
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  12. RoadRUNNER Magazine

    RoadRUNNER Magazine RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine

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    Always carry your helmet bag on the plane! Even if your checked luggage carrying your riding gear is lost or late, at least you'll have your helmet. See more details on packing here.
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  13. Interceptor

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    I fly with a helmet as carry on all the time. I use a solid black helmet bag so if it doesn't quite fit under the seat , the flight attendant won't notice it. Hasn't failed yet.
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  14. theshnizzle

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    I wore my gear and carried my helmet on a ridiculous g trip to Europe. Bought a helmet bag. The next time though I am going to throw in a pair of undies, t shirt, socks,merino layer and my gloves in case everything gets delayed or lost.

    If I have reserved a paid for bike and a plane ticket ect ect...I want my riding vacation. These few items will at least let me get started.
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  15. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Sorry...auto correct....not ridiculous.
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  16. PackRat

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    As an old helicopter pilot, I like the military helmet bags which are padded. They usually fit under the seat in front of me. When I ride, I take one with me so when I stop, I can put the GPS, V-1, camera and gloves in the helmet in the bag and it is easy to carry. Other pilots often recognize the bag and start conversations.
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  17. FleshWound

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    Much appreciated!
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  18. ricochetrider

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    I've flown internationally with MC gear but never domestically (USA). I have always placed my helmet and other riding gear in a dedicated duffel and checked that luggage item. I have an Arai, and would never, under any circumstances, carry it "naked", in my hand- or put it "naked" in a duffel, for that matter. You got a cheap helmet you don't care about or one you can easily replace at your destination? Then maybe it matters a whole lot less.

    Good gear needs to be taken good care of, especially in transit, where whatever it is in is definitely gonna be tossed around by a bunch of guys who don't get paid to handle 100s of bags daily, gently.
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  19. Ironchef

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    Philippines, Macau and Australia I have been told not allowed as carry on.
    Japan I was cautioned and told in future it must go in check luggage.
    I have stopped trying to carry it on altogether.
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  20. lhendrik

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    So, you can carry it on anywhere, except where you cannot carry it on. Excellent.
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