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#1 BobF

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 11:14 AM

Planning to leave frozen Maine for a week in FL and would like to fly a Rev while there. Any suggestions for getting a couple kites to and from without having them destroyed? (A Rev 1 and Exp). They don't fit in my luggage and would either be carry on or stowed.

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 12:41 PM

Planning to leave frozen Maine for a week in FL and would like to fly a Rev while there. Any suggestions for getting a couple kites to and from without having them destroyed? (A Rev 1 and Exp). They don't fit in my luggage and would either be carry on or stowed.

For two, I normally take them on board as is and put them way back in back of the overhead rack where they take up the unused part where baggage rarely gets. Even in October 2001 I did not have any problems and I flew 8 times within the USA during the 10 days. Once security remarked that my SLE rod could be used for blow darts, but let me carry on.
The alternative is a heavy carton tube or a plastic tube, check them in and pray they don't vaporize.

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#3 Stephen Hoath

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 02:28 PM

Hi, taking Revs on a plane is no problems. My team travel frequently by plane to festivals across Europe and have never had a problem.

Various techniques seem to work, I just leave my kites in the Revolution kite bag, and check it in. Be sure to mark it with those FRAGILE stickers so the baggage handlers know which bag to put on the bottom!

Another good technique is to get an extendable artists tube, these are a mid weight plastic tube about 4 inches in diameter that extend. Take all the rods out of the kites and bundle them up, then wrap your kites arond the outside of the rods and put them in the tube. The rods for the 1.5 are certainly short enough for the overhead lockers but I am not sure about the Rev 1 rods.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 08:54 PM

I'm a big fan of the SKB cases whenever I travel with a number of kites.

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 09:53 PM

I'll also usually just use my rev bag, though I do have a snowboard bag that I can put the rev bag in, with banners, banner poles, tripod, clothes, etc if its a longer trip. I've never had a problem. So far.... ;)
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#6 Watty

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 02:19 PM

The few times I have gone on a plane with my kites, I just carriesd on my home-made kite bag (folding chair bag with pockets) right on the plane with me. No one ever cared. ;)

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#7 Kitezen

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 12:43 PM

I put my handles and ground stake, and anything else that would fit, in my checked baggage, and I had no problem taking my kite bag as carry on just this past week. So I would recommend that. It worked well for me. :)




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