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TRex
04-06-2005, 02:53 PM
I'm looking for some practical and safe ways to get my sticks from A to B on an airline now that they aren't
carry-on baggage anymore.

lord_shar
04-06-2005, 03:16 PM
I'm also curious... 911 security requirements that bags be completely unlocked for screening (plus the lack of background checks for many security screeners) have led to widespread theft of many passenger belongings. Even chalkers.com mentioned the theft of a one-of-a-kind Art Cantando cue by United baggage screeners.

Short of Fed-Ex'ing your high-end cue to your destination, what other cue transport options does one have?

JimS
04-06-2005, 03:19 PM
I don't ever fly but Iv'e read several thread about the options and I think if I were to fly I'd either ship my stuff ahead or, and this is the idea I like best, buy a BIG suitcase and hide the cue case and it's content in the suitcase. Pad it with clothes.

SPetty
04-06-2005, 03:21 PM
Howdy TRex,

Here's some links from the past that have helpful info:

Starting with the most recent:

Bringing cues on Plane (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ccb&Number=178393&page=&vi ew=&sb=&o=&vc=1)

Baggage Handling Opinions? (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ccb&Number=174124&page=&vi ew=&sb=&o=&vc=1)

Flying with Cues (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ccb&Number=165542&page=&vi ew=&sb=&o=&vc=1)

Cue on Board (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ccb&Number=113920&page=&vi ew=&sb=&o=&vc=1)

Airline's policy on traveling with a cue (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ccb&Number=92855&page=&vie w=&sb=&o=&vc=1)

Hope that helps. So where ya headed?

SpiderMan
04-06-2005, 03:27 PM
I use my regular 3x6 tube case, and put it inside my checked luggage. I bought one of those large wheeled suitcases (I think it's called a 31" pullman), and it's just big enough for the case to go in diagonally. Then I just pack my clothes around it.

No way would I use one of those slipover bags for my cue case ... I want more protection. They'd probably find a way to wedge or cantilever the thing, set a trunk on top of it, and bend the whole mess. Besides, it looks too much like a cue case, so it would get diverted or "lost".

SpiderMan

BigRigTom
04-06-2005, 04:04 PM
Joe Porper has created travel cases specifically for this reason. Small for 2 cue cases (http://www.bigrigtoys.com/joepotrbag77.html) or Large for 2 larger cases or more smaller cases (This is the one I have) (http://www.bigrigtoys.com/joepotrbag771.html) and I like it a lot.
We flew to Las Vegas for the last APA SouthWest Challenge and the case came thru with flying colors (pun intended)
We also used and FAA approved combination lock on it to discourage pillagers. You can buy them just about anywhere for about $10. It would not stop a real theif but then few things will stop someone who really wants to rip you off.
If you have a really expensive set of cues in one bag I would recommend buying additional insurance on that bag. It is fairly cheap for the peace of mind you get in return.

9 Ball Girl
04-06-2005, 06:47 PM
Hey BigRig, I have one of those locks that a coworker gave me for my b-day 2 years ago because he knows I fly with my cues. I haven't used it yet 'cause I think that if they make me open it, I'm going to forget the combination or one of the little scroll things won't move...I have traveled with my case in a porper travel bag several times now and twice when I got to my hotel I noticed that they were checked because my pockets on the case were not closed all the way, the butts of my cues were not put in all the way into their slots and one time the shaft of my playing cue was in another slot and not in the slot that I always put it in.

I'll see what surprise awaits me and my case when I go to Texas.

Troy
04-06-2005, 07:47 PM
That would be my choice.

Troy...~~~ Doesn't fly either
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote JimS:</font><hr> I don't ever fly but Iv'e read several thread about the options and I think if I were to fly I'd either ship my stuff ahead or, and this is the idea I like best, buy a BIG suitcase and hide the cue case and it's content in the suitcase. Pad it with clothes.

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BigRigTom
04-06-2005, 08:11 PM
The locks we used are the FAA approved and the baggage security has a special device to open the lock with. Supposely the baggage handler don't have access to the same thing...I don't know how true that is.
The point is you don't have to open for security they can open it themselves if they want too...thus " <font color="red"> FAA Approved Combination Lock. </font color> ". Like I said before we had no problems but I would insure anyway if the cues inside are worth a lot to you.

cuechick
04-06-2005, 09:12 PM
I just flew with my cues using a locked Joe Porper case... at both Atlanta and LAX you just tell them it is locked and they have you take over to the high powered exray and you wait while they run it through in case they want you to open it. They tag it and that is it. LAX was a pain, becasue they were very un organized, and everyone did have to put there luggage through this machine. At atlanta, you only had to put it through the machine if your luugage was locked...it was easy.

CarolNYC
04-07-2005, 02:12 AM
Hi there,
I travel all over and use the Porper case-it would be a good idea to put your cues in a hard case THEN inside the porper case-you should have NO PROBLEM getting your cues to their destination-just like anyother luggage-your cuecase most likely will be inspected after xrayed ,I believe, to be wiped for anykind of ammunition/explosive,gun powder type material/residue or WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and thats about it!
I wouldnt worry-
I think its so funny that,anybody who is a poolplayer, doesnt care about there $1000 worth of clothes as long as that cuecase comes on that luggage rack,ha ha ha
As for locks,dont even waste your time or money cause thats just a redflag to them to snap that lock open and they will in a heartbeat!Dont give them a reason /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Dont worry-good luck!
Carol /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

John_Madden
04-07-2005, 06:14 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SpiderMan:</font><hr> I use my regular 3x6 tube case, and put it inside my checked luggage. I bought one of those large wheeled suitcases (I think it's called a 31" pullman), and it's just big enough for the case to go in diagonally. Then I just pack my clothes around it.
SpiderMan <hr /></blockquote>
Did this with 2 cues I didn't have done in time to ship with the other cues I shipped to the Hopkins Expo. Did not lock it - had a note in it saying it had been inspected (in Missoula MT the men inspect the baggage and there is a whole bunch of them out front and the women are out on the tarmack putting the luggage on the plane and directing it to the runway - no lie). The rest of the cues I sent - and the "insurance" cost will kill you! But a friend who flies regularly (wife works for airlines) said it was safer to ship them.
Jack Madden
www.johnmaddencues.com (http://www.johnmaddencues.com)

ceebee
04-07-2005, 07:35 PM
I am already a fan of overnight shipping via UPS (insured).

I send my cues (insured &amp; overnight) to my name, at my Hotel, in Las Vegas. Let the registration counter know that you are expecting a delivery (don't tell the counter what you are expecting). My cues are valued at $2000, so UPS is very interested in making sure I get them.

I do the same thing on the return. (you just have to take the return address label &amp; some good tape with you, to seal the cues/case in the same box)... Plan Ahead !

John_Madden
04-08-2005, 03:43 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote ceebee:</font><hr> I am already a fan of overnight shipping via UPS (insured).

I send my cues (insured &amp; overnight) to my name, at my Hotel, in Las Vegas. Let the registration counter know that you are expecting a delivery (don't tell the counter what you are expecting). My cues are valued at $2000, so UPS is very interested in making sure I get them.

I do the same thing on the return. (you just have to take the return address label &amp; some good tape with you, to seal the cues/case in the same box)... Plan Ahead ! <hr /></blockquote>

I was told if a package is insured for $$$$ than it gets walked through the entire shipping process and handed from one person to the next (tracked each time). Person is responsible until handed to next person and no conveyor belts so no damage.
Jack
www.johnmaddencues.com (http://www.johnmaddencues.com)