Helmet as carry on?

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

  1. redwing51

    redwing51 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I have flown domestically and internationally with my helmet in a helmet bag. Overhead compartment, no problem. As recently as October 2017. Shoei full face GT Air.
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  2. 3SportBiker

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    I used to officiate road racing where we would go out on motorcycles to monitor the race. I had to fly with my gear and helmet all the time. I'd many times ride to the airport on my bike, park in the motorcycle parking area, then go through security with my moto gear on and helmet in my duffel bag, and get on the plane. Never had one issue. At the tail end of me doing this, I had the "Trusted Traveler Pre-Check" Federal clearance, so I would just walk through the security line with my moto jacket on.

    It's not an issue. As long as whatever you want to bring on the plane fits in the overhead or under the seat, and as long as the item is not on the Federal Banned Item list, you are OK.

    As far as how I'd carry the helmet, it would be in a backpack along with a change of clothes and toiletries. I'd stuff the inside of the helmet with clean clothes or a plastic zip-locked toiletry bag so that I would not be wasting precious backpack space. The backpack was large enough to put in my moto jacket and pants if I wanted to change into jeans and a light jacket at the airport men's room. I credit this job for teaching me how to travel ultra-light. Just a backpack and a laptop bag from Hawaii to Florida and all parts in-between.

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  3. ljmotoadventures

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    Flew to Lisbon last year and had a backpack and my helmet as carry on. On the way down to Portugal the usual circus of stuffing the overhead bins with oversize bags and cases got the flight attendants a bit grumpy...:devildog
    I offered them to take my helmet out but it was "to late"(to much stuff in front of it) They had to use the crew lockers for the last passenger items.
    On the return trip I immediately when entering the plane informed them of my carry on helmet and if necessary they could put in the locker in the front. They said yes straight away, thanked me for the offer and put it in with their own stuff. When landed one of the flight attendants delivered the helmet to me holding it like it was a suitcase full of money! Nothing but smiles and good services on the return trip.:-):norton Lesson learned!
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  4. zigyphoto

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    Since most of my moto travel flights are overseas: Helmet: remove face shield and slip something soft over it, replace on helmet. I put all my small electronics (GPS, iPod, Sena, chargers, etc) in a soft bag (to protect the face shield) and put that INSIDE my helmet. Helmet goes in padded helmet bag in my small over the shoulder packpack (carry-on #1). Computer and such go in my small shoulder bag (carry-on/personal item). To save weight in checked bag: I wear my riding jacket (armor in checked luggage) and motorcycle boots and carry something like lightweight slippers or Keens in my carry-on. Wearing my Keens keeps me from having to walk in any urine drops on the floor in the head.
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  5. Wully10

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    Where about in Norway are you? Looking to do some riding there in July and trying to figure out the logistics of it all.

    Also, will be flying with a helmet within the US tomorrow and will report back.
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  6. fastring

    fastring Been here awhile

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    Carried helmet as carry on several times for inter-USA travel, no issues. I carry by gear in a carry one bag and use the helmet as my one "personal item" like a ladies purse. Never been challenged with it.
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  7. StormShearon

    StormShearon Been here awhile

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    Just did a trip to Austria this past October to ride the Alps. Both myself and my riding buddy took our helmets - Shoei NeoTec II - in Ogio helmet bags as carry on with no issues. We were on Iceland Air there and back. Even my XL in its bag fit in the overhead bin.
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  8. davepen

    davepen Been here awhile

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    I've had TSA tell me I can't bring a flashlight on the plane (without batteries, BTW), so nothing really surprises me.

    It just depends on who you get that day.
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  9. Wully10

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    I will gladly bring up the TSA website and show them it is allowed; but i have TSA pre-check so I have that going for me.
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  10. acesandeights

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    It's not so much a TSA thing, but whether it meets the dimensions of the airline. It's not even so much that, but whether it fits in the overhead or below the seat. Some of us fly in planes that have very small compartments. One of the airlines I use, more often than not, has a carry-on limit of 9" x 14" x 22" . The helmet bag for my helmet measures, 10" x 14" x 12". So, the helmet bag won't fit in the overhead, it's too tall. Obviously, depending on the size of the helmet, it might, but it doesn't mean it will. So, you'll get past security and on the plane, but it doesn't mean you can carry it on, due to carry-on restrictions.
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  11. drrod1

    drrod1 Long timer

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    I don't think security is a real issue. A helmet is not a prohibited item. The problem may come at check in and the agent asks you to fit the helmet in the measuring device. It won't fit. DAMHIKT. If the agent wants to, they will make you check it. Doesn't happen very often, but it has happened to me. Nowadays (in the time of paying for all checked bags) they are more occupied with massive "carry on" luggage people try (and do) bring on board.

    What has been said about the smaller "commuter" type planes is true. A helmet will not fit in the overhead or under the seat and most times they will require you to either check it or gate check it.

    Personally, I check mine. Pack it well with the rest of my gear so it is protected. If my luggage gets lost......well I have a CC with a fairly high limit so my trip will not be ruined.
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  12. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    If they let you on the plane with it, they will help you find a spot for it.
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  13. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    I have taken my helmet as carry on many times and the only problem was a security guard at Baku airport who wouldn't let me pass with it, the helmet was quite old so I just dropped it in the rubbish bin and walked on, a few minutes later his colleague came over and handed it back to me and told me to keep quite about it.
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  14. kaptkaos

    kaptkaos Been here awhile

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    I just did the same thing in January, no issues at all. Followed it up with a trip to LAX and did a Rawhyde class and tour, no issues either.

    Valley of Fire was fantastic btw. I rode it on a Street Glide.
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  15. heresjeff

    heresjeff Weekend Worry-er

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    I know I’m late, but in the year 2019 by accident I carried on my helmet through The following air ports: Savannah, GA, Atlanta, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Midland/Odessa, TX, and Dallas.

    So it’s prolly fine.

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  16. seetomgo

    seetomgo Lurking since '08

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    Done far too many fly and rides - usually wear pants and boots and throw jacket, helmet, etc. in a duffel as my carry-on. Never had a problem with staff or security, and never not been able to stuff the bag under the seat or into the overhead regardless of plane/airline. HTH
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  17. saltyD

    saltyD Been here awhile

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  18. 9w6vx

    9w6vx Pergo et Perago

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    Had a friend who flew from Kuala Lumpur KUL to Kota Kinabalu BKI and hand carried a helmet in a helmet bag with no issues.

    However on the return flight from BKI to KUL the airport security did not allow him to carry the helmet in and said it had to be checked in. Long story short, the helmet was left at the small bookstore at the airport and another friend had to rush to the bookstore to retrieve the helmet.

    It seems that it all depends on your luck.
    A friend of mine contacted someone he knew from the airport security and it seems that helmets are not allowed as hand carry in Malaysian airports.

    Just sharing the info.
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  19. Laboratory Rat

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    I had a Schuberth that the TSA folks were temporarily a little weirded out by the bluetooth antenna - but otherwise have never had an issue
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