- Air Travel With SPDs And helmet?
I’ve carried a helmet in hand luggage a couple of times without incident, but it was a few years ago. The SPDs can go through the x-ray machine and I suppose are no more dangerous than having chunky buckles on shoes, but not sure why you’d risk it assuming you’re taking some non-cycling shoes. How heavy are your SPDs? 😯Posted 4 years agonotmyrealnameSubscriber
There’s absolutely no problem with taking SPD shoes through security. It happens all the time with no issues, all you’ll have to do is take the shoes off and put them through the x-ray machine when you go through the arch.
Lat time I travelled I took the helmet in hand luggage with no issues.Posted 4 years agomingerocketMember
I’m flying to tenereife next week for a few days trail riding with Lavatrax,Posted 4 years ago
Was hoping to wear my spds shoes and carry my helmet on to the flight to save luggage weight.
Has any body had any experience flying with such equipment? I have visions of airport security being none too impressed with my shoes with big metal clips underneath.cybicleMember
Most airlines specify that only ‘sports equipment’ may be carried in ‘sports equipment luggage’. So helmets and SPD shoes are fine in a bike bag. I’ve carried all sorts in bike bags and never had any issues. Remember that it’s the airport authority, not the airline, that scan the bags, and they aren’t really interested in the contents as long as they’re not bombs and guns. The only issue they care about is the weight, so make sure you have sufficient weight allowance for your trip. With Easyjet, it’s worth buying the ‘sports equipment’ allowance as well as the hold baggage premium, as that then gives you a total of 32kg for the bike bag. Other airlines might just let you have a total weight allowance with no other conditions.
Get it sorted before you fly though, as it can be a right hassle at the airport.
Top tip: if travelling with a bike in a bag, go round the side at the check ins rather than queue up. Feign ignorance/stupidity, and the staff will invariably let you check in at the premium/business/fast check in desk just to get you out of the way. I have never queued at an airport whenever I’ve travelled with a bike.Posted 4 years ago
Top tip 1 DO NOT PUT YOUR HELMET IN HOLD LUGGAGE – unless you have a proper hard case – you have no idea how many hits it will have
Top tip: if travelling with a bike in a bag, go round the side at the check ins rather than queue up. Feign ignorance/stupidity, and the staff will invariably let you check in at the premium/business/fast check in desk just to get you out of the way. I have never queued at an airport whenever I’ve travelled with a bike.
Just get there when check in opens to avoid queues and make sure they don’t overfill their large object quota.Posted 4 years ago
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