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#21 Dave M

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 12:37 AM

All I would say is to make sure anything that is travelling in the hold
is fairly strong.

I remember before my K.I.S.box that I sat on the aircraft waiting
whilst it was being loaded and witnesed what you could call kite bag
rugby being played by the baggage handlers :blink: my kite bag was being
thrown about below me like some sort of game. Marking the bag as
fragile seemed to have sparked some type of frenzy to see who would
drop it :)

The kites arrived unbroken however, but on the return journey I landed
in Stanstead and I had a phone call from a friend saying that my kite
bag was going around the carasouel at Gatwick. After about 4 days we
were both reunited again. :blue-love: (tip: don`t store stuff in your kite bag that
you wish customs not to notice !) ;)


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Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:06 AM

Last year I took a Rev II on holiday the spars were just short enough to fit my case (though 1.5 spars are too long).

Next time I fly I thought I might get one of those tubes that artists and architects carry drawings in. It won’t take too many kites but if I break the kites down it would take the spars and the sails will go in my other luggage.

Woody and I have always used a kite tube like the one Dave M has with no probs, Paul did manage to find a kite board bag that was long enough to take full length spares :blue-grin:

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:32 AM

We just got a hard golf case. You have to check it but it was great!
We could fit other large soft kites in the case along with our REV bag.
Just keep it under 50lbs.


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Posted 08 March 2008 - 05:28 AM

Did you use P200? Did it work out OK?

As it happens they are P400's and yes work fine. (replacing a SLE)

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 06:13 AM

Thanks all for your really useful advice. I'm going to wait until our new Rev arrives before chancing any airport 'shananigans' as right now we cannot afford to loose any part of our Revs. I'll probably invest in a hard case of some sort soon.

So next week looks like a foil kite week - but at least I get to check out if the location I am going will be Rev friendly :)

May good wind be in your kites!


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Posted 08 March 2008 - 08:06 AM

Last time I took my revs to the airport, I removed all metal, handles, ground stake, from my rev bag, (weight, possible weapons) packed that in my checked luggage, and carried on my kites/rev bag. The bag easily fit in the overhead compartment, and I knew I would have them safe and sound. I do not think I would have a peaceful flight otherwise, worrying if they would get lost stolen or damaged, as checked luggage. A hard case is a good idea, but it adds weight that i must carry, it is bulky, and I'd rather spend that money on another rev. Everything went so well, it is the only way to take yoiur revs on a plane, as carry on.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 09:00 AM

well my folks have just bought a place in florida so im planning to be there a few times and im going by plane so all advise so far is good that im seeing here .. thanks guys



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Posted 08 March 2008 - 12:20 PM

When lummas (mark) came to NY a few weeks ago, he had cut all his spars in half and added ferrules to them. Other than the kite having a little more flex. It flew just fine. This sounds like a tutorial segue.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 06:16 PM

veeda im going to try this .. i thought of it back when you told me

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 10:25 PM

All I do is take all my kites in my Rev Bag as a carry on. I travel to Mexico most summers, and I just put it in the overhead compartment. Although in Mexico, when I leave I have to show them what's inside, so I just slide a kite partially out of the bag, and they're fine.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 11:49 AM

+1 to Watty. I've been carrying Rev IIs on planes for, oh, probably 15 years with no problems...and of the originally-shaped Revs, they have the longest spars, given the 2-piece leading edge.

I carried my bag last week to the Thailand kite festival and had no problems at security in 4 airports in 3 different countries...I think I was asked about the bag contents at exactly one of the bazillion checkpoints I had to go through.

This is a 1.5oz nylon ripstop bag that's just big enough to hold 2-3 revs and a pair of extended handles with line wrapped on 'em...not a big Revolution bag!

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 02:06 PM

I make John carry them myself. I think he checks them in. :revangel:
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