helmets on airplanes

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Cauldron, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    So I have to go to Florida on business. I have to fly there and back because of time constraints.

    I have a bike to ride when I get there.

    I am taking my helmet with me on the plane.

    The TSA site has information on nail clippers and breast milk, Cricket bats and Ice Axes. But nothing on Motorcycle gear. I do not want to trust my helmet to checked baggage. So is it okay to carry a helmet on a plane? Have you done it? How?

    Thanks, and maybe I'll see some of you at Biketoberfest.
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  2. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    I flew from western Colorado to Denver, on to JFK in New York City and then to Barcelona Spain - wife and I both carrying helmets. No one blinked. You oughta be fine.:thumb
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  3. Jettson

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    I think you will be fine......unless you insisted on wearing it....or trying to hide a water bottle or weed in it.
    JB:lol3
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  4. Cgo100DoElRey

    Cgo100DoElRey Adventurer

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    I recently flew Miami to Orlando on a one way ticket with some mortorcycle boots and helmet on my hands. I was looked at weird, I got the type of security screaning most middle easterners complaing about getting, but all was good. I doubt you will have any problems!
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  5. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Thanks for the replies. I was having thoughts of people calling me "sir.":lol3




    and not in a good way...
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  6. ndcent

    ndcent Banned

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    I fly for motorcycle trips quite a bit, and use this bag from Arai as a carry on for my helmet and misc. Works great, concealable shoulder straps, two pockets on sides plus extra faceshield zippered pocked in main compartment. Works both with street and offroad helmets. $40 well spent.

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  7. Mountain

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    Never had any problems on domestic or international flights. You might at some point get some junior person who doesn't really know and question you, but as long as you are confident and tell them that you have never been prevented from taking your helmet onboard before, they will fold.
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  8. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Only prob I could see is maybe on one of the small commuter jets where the overhead bin isn't very tall and a helmut might not fit in? Should fit under the seat though.
    So far as going through security with it you'll be fine.
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  9. Fixitguy74

    Fixitguy74 n00b

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    I once went through security with a pair of tire irons in my carry on bag, but that was before 9/11. I wouldn't want to try it now. The helmet shouldn't be a problem though.
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  10. Stephen

    Stephen Long timer Supporter

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    Done it, nothing special.

    One guy did ask me, "What's it for?" :huh

    Which is really not as dumb as pointing to the fire extinguisher in my truck and asking, as a fellow once did, "What's that for?" :rolleyes

    I was also hauling radios and some miscellaneous rescue gear. They looked at it, but were more worried about another passenger's toothpaste.
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  11. West Coast Mags

    West Coast Mags Parlor Snake

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    Just did it last week without any problems. I have a semi-hard helmet case for my Arai XD and actually just use it as a carry on. I throw my ipod, camera and all the other crap in it (in plastic bags of course) and have never had them even open it at security. Plus if you put an ADV sticker on the case, you'll be surprised at how many FF's come out of the woodwork at the airports. Do you guys like hang out there or something?:kumbaya
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  12. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I never had a problem carrying one. I either carry it in the open, or using a helmet bag\case with other crap throw into the helmet. I sometimes toss it in a duffel or checked baggage, just wrap it in a towel or something.

    PS I like that arai bag, maybe I'll pick one up, where'd you get it?
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  13. Kieth

    Kieth Been here awhile

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    Do not try to wear your electric vest, it could get messy...:rofl


    And they do not like armored jackets at all.....................:evil
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  14. Tempo

    Tempo Stumptown Native

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    One more vote to the chrous: no problem as a carry on. I did it two weeks ago. :nod
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  15. FlyNavy

    FlyNavy 2 much not chromed 2 list

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    There are no restrictions on MC helmets on US carriers. You do need to comply with the total number of carry-ons allowed. This time of year it is quite common to see folks walking on board with their ski boots slung over their sholder and their ski helmets sticking out of their back packs.
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  16. Rogue_Ryder

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    I just had that bag the Helmet Came in and tossed it in the overhead no problemo. I've taken MC helmets on 2 flights so far with no problems once in 2001 and then again this past May.
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  17. Stormatzio

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    I travel all over with my gear. Sometimes I bring it as a carry on and sometimes i pack it in my Ogio gear bag. Never had a problem. I prefer checking it because it's a challange to fit it in the overhead or under my seat depending on the plane. I would suggest checking it in bag if you have the option.
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  18. Zinn

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    I flew to Orlando last Friday with armored overpants, helmet, armored 3/4 length jacket, gloves moto boots and a full backpack (housing those items) to pick up my new-to-me GS and had no issues!
    :thumb
    Only thing I really didn't like was not having my knife and multitool.
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  19. PowerSlide

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    I think the important point to remember here is if there's turbulence, stand up calmly and put the helmet on in full view of all the other passengers :D

    I've flown with it too and had no trouble at all
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  20. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    don't you wish sometimes, you could just reply to the thread title without reading the insides.....
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