I need advice for airplane travel with uni

I need advice for airplane travel with uni

Post by aquama » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:03:44


I will be heading off to college in January and I'm curious about the
various ways you guys have traveled by plane with your uni.  Have you
guys mostly checked it in a box with it disassembled (or assembled) or
have you guys brought it on board as a carry on?

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Post by adambrody8 » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:07:24

I have had a few problems with this myself. I took mine apart andput it
in the bag and of course was asked what it was. I said it was a
unicycle and they said really. The opened the bag and inspected it and
eventually said it was ok but it definitaly slowed down the process. I
guess they don't see unicycles too often! Just be honest with them and
tell them its a unicycle.

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Post by ntappi » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:16:32

I have flown with my muni, my trials and my bc before. I just tell them
its circus equipment. Yes its a bit of a kick in the nuts but hey, I've
gotten enough of that already, so why not.

I have never had the pack that contained the unicycle stuff searched
before when I used that excuse. In this day and age though its probably
about a 50/50 chance of it being searched. The only thing to worry
about is getting hit with the Bicycle fees which are pretty expensive,
something like 50 bucks and signing a waiver that basically sais, if
something happens to it they aren't responsible.

So avoid using the word cycle, just call it circus equipment, or
excersize equipment or something.

Actualy call it sports equipment and put it all in a hockey bag. A
hockey bag is perfect for anything up to a 29er and if you call it
sports equip and its in a hockey bag, they probably won't even think
twice, and will avoid opening it due to smells.

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Post by saskatchewania » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:12:38

I have looked at trying to break my trials uni down small enough that it
could be carried on but in the end it was not possible. I ended up
taking the seat and seat post off, removing the frame and pedals
deflating the tire and putting a belt around it with the tire sort of
folded sideways on both sides. The unicycle ended up taking up almost
half of my hiking bag that I was checking. I sort of wonder what they
thought when they put it through the X-ray machine.

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Post by UniDudeD » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:19:06

yea. my opinion is to have your parents or somone you know send it to
you by mail. it would suck to get al the way the airport and have some
dumb a** security guard say you cant take it. you would miss you flight
and depending on how tight your scedule is delayed from getting to
college on time. thats my two cents...

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Post by SqueakyOnio » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:28:15

From what I hear:

If you get to the gate and they won't let you on, you can GATE CHECK
it. Depending, they'll either put it under the plane or in a
compartment up in the front of the plan near the***pit. Either way,
you get it back as you get off the plane, rather than at the normal
baggage claim.

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Post by saskatchewania » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:25:49

Once a box is a certain size there is a weight limit that box can be
until the price goes up, the rest of your uni won't make much or any
difference to the price of mailing once you have a box big enough to
fit your wheel.

Either bring the whole thing with you or have the whole thing in the
mail.

What could be more depressing than having a frame, seat, and pedals but
no wheel?

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Post by aquama » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:13:07

If I were to have it mailed, what sort of packaging would I need to
insure that the wheel or spokes don't get bent or broken.  I just
thought of something very interesting.  I could take all but the wheel
and tire on the plane in baggage and then have my parents send the
wheel/tire.

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Post by ntappi » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:31:23

I really really don't think you will have any issues with getting it on
the plane. There are no rules against it getting on there, the only
worry is getting hit with the 50 dollar fee.

Also when you pack it up just pack it up using common sense, don't put
something that could bend your spokes sitting right ontop of your
spokes. If you think about it, think about all the fragile things
people pack in the luggage, things like wine bottles and cameras. That
stuff is usualy pretty safe. If you are packing something like a trials
uni or something, it is made to be beat up, so I think you are pretty
damn safe.

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Post by gabetheunicyclema » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:12:01

i got a hard suitcase, pulled everything apart, made a foam case for my
frame using some foam and ductape. (get 2 pieces of foam the right
length for each part of your frame and seatpost, then cut out a rough
semicircle down the length of each, plonk the two halves together with
the part of the frame in between them then using masking tape or
ductape strap them together. hope that made sense.) then you can wrap
your hub in bubblewrap and pack clothes around it to stop it moving.
costs around 5-10 bucks and its taken me to hawaii and back (10 hour
flight) and canberra and back(3 hour flight). basically its so
bulletproof that they can do whatever they want with it and it wont
break. in fact the only thing that did break was the suitcase.:D

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Post by smee5 » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 18:09:32

Firstly just moved from Nz to australia i can tell you (maybe) what you
will have to do

The main concern for airport staff is dirt etc (overseas)
or
just make sure its small enough to fit the max lugage size...and dont
overdo the weight..(domestic)

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Post by Hazma » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 20:06:21

That makes sense about the dirt. I had to put my modded coker in cargo
until i showed them that i could bend the tyre/rim in 1/2 then they
asked me if i wanted to pay for the seat next to me for a reduced cost
which i said yes. I mean, It was my modded coker, why wouldn't i have.
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Post by joemarshal » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 20:31:33

Quote:

> Firstly just moved from Nz to australia i can tell you (maybe) what you
> will have to do

> The main concern for airport staff is dirt etc (overseas)

As far as I can tell, that's only a concern if you're going to NZ or
Australia (or perhaps a few other remote islands), in the US, UK,
Europe, there tend to be so many land borders that things can come over
on that they're much less worried about bio-security.

I've been on I think 8 flights this year with the Uni (big trip to NZ,
Australia & USA, plus across to Morzine) What I do is make sure that I
have a bag that it fits entirely inside. For a trials or a 24" muni,
this doesn't have to be too big if you take the tyre off. For my big
unicycles (29er / 26" muni) I have a great big canvas sack that will
fit the wheel in with the tyre on, I take the seatpost/seat off and
bung it in the sack.

Depending on how odd it looks, you may need to pay for a bike, for
example if there are obvious wheel bits or anything. If you can get it
just looking like general luggage then that's great. If anyone asks
whats in it, circus equipment is what to say. My uni bag tends to have
some juggling balls etc. in it anyway, so it just happens to be true.
I've been asked to say exactly what is in it a couple of times, and
said juggling balls, clubs, a diabolo, a unicycle etc. all of it true,
and they didn't pick me up on the 'bike' thing, cos I put it in context
as a juggling toy not a bike.

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Post by agent » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 22:05:46

Just dont keep your tools in your carry on. Anything metal longer than 7
inches cant be brought on board in your carry on.
When I flew, with a couple unis, there was no problem at all having two
of them takin apart packed tightly into a suitcase. No questioning,
made it just under the weight limit, went fine, just keep your tools in
your checked bag and you wont have a problem with those either.

Ive thought about trying to gate check a complete uni. That would be
kinda cool to have them give you your unicycle all put together as you
make your first few steps off the plane.

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Post by LikeableRoden » Wed, 14 Nov 2007 22:58:20

While flying across the Pacific with my 36" I took off the seat/seatpost
and pedals then wrapped the wheel in bubblewrap. They counted it as my
second checked bag, and it cost me nothing.

I worried far more than I should have about taking it along with me.

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