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Board a flight with your longboard for spring break

written by Mike March 13, 2010

Hey everybody!  Its Spring Break time!  Remember to bring you longboard WITH YOU as you travel to your spring break destinations. Many of you will be traveling south to warm climates and great pavement.  BRING YOUR BOARD!  A longboard is never inappropriate!  I recently coached the Fashion Institute swim team in Florida, we boarded a flight with 3 Bustin Strikes without questions.  There is no problem at check-in for having a longboard.  There is no issue with security (be sure to place your board upside down through the x-ray machine), and most times there is not problem at the gate, except if the plane is full, then request a gate check ticket and allow the attendants to take it below deck.  Most likely you will walk right on the plane, no questions asked.  The best way to store your board (31-52″) is in the overhead bin.  Board the plane early to make sure it is placed below other baggage, upside down.  Place any other carry-on items on it to encourage other to do so.

International travel is not as forgiving.  I traveled in the UK this summer and security personnel escorted me to an area where they tagged my board then returned me to the end of the line.  I was nervous but the board made it, as well as my two buddies boards.  The funny part is my buddy Avalanche did not make it.  He was escorted to the longest line and missed out connection to Switzerland.  Tough lesson.

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7 comments

Benji March 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I’d probably check my board if I went international. I went to Israel with mine last year, and on the way back we had to stop in Spain, where they confiscated my board and refused to give it back. I didn’t ride it or anything, they took it from me when I exited the plane.

J. Hayes March 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm

when i traveled to Australia i strapped my backpack onto my board and checked both, then used a strap to pull the heavy ass bag around on the cigar the entire trip (when i wasnt skating on it). it worked perfeectly and i got a lot of comments and looks

Andrew Mason March 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I’m off to Jamaica a week from tomorrow and bringing mine. I called the airline (Jetblue) ahead of time and they told me to check it so that’s what im doing.

nat March 13, 2010 at 11:15 pm

always take a wheel off the board if you are checking it in. that means the baggage handlers won’t be tempted to give it a go.

travisdsupervilan March 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

yeah i travel constantly and always with a board.
the rule is if you board a plane in the USA no problem! my brother has even carried on his 50″ boat. if you are boarding a plane internationally they make you check it.
heres the tricky part. you have to book direct flights or else once you land in the foreign country and have to make a connection you are “boarding a plane internationally” and the rule applies. which if your not expecting this can certainly make you miss your flight.
and dont try and challenge with the “how is this a weapon””this is so stupid….” “I just boarded in NYC and noone said a thing!”
thats why its a rule. just work with it and youll be a happy skater anywhere you go

Brian Davenport March 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

i second what travis said…
you may get lucky sometimes, but as a frequent international skateboard traveler i can promise you that they will usually hassle you so much about it it’s not worth the effort. get there early enough to check it and expect to have to take it to the oversized baggage area.
one more thing, i remember when i first started traveling with boards a couple years ago and for some weird reason i was afraid to check it because they might hurt it!! what? was i stupid? there is no way they are going to hurt your board anymore that you would pummeling down a hill at 40 mph!!!
ride safe, ride fast!
we’re taking over the world! BUSTIN!!

Nic July 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

i’m going in miami tomorrow and i will probably bring my maestro to ride close from the sea 😀

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