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Air Travel with Lacrosse Sticks

posted Nov 20, 2014, 7:38 AM by William Wittig   [ updated Nov 20, 2014, 9:39 AM ]
Back in April 2013 the lacrosse world gave a collective sigh of relief as TSA announced that Lacrosse sticks would be allowed as a permitted item for carry-on baggage.  Unfortunately, that rule change never really took hold or has since been ignored or changed back.  The TSA website's current list of prohibited items

   http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items#5


So, what's the best way to check your lacrosse stick?  Here are a few tips (first for shorties)
 

 • Remove the lacrosse head(s) from the shaft(s)
 • Tape the shafts together (if you're bringing a primary and backup stick)
 • Wrap the shafts in a towel and place in the lacrosse bag
 

If you are bringing a d-pole or a goalie stick that will not fit into the lacrosse bag
 

 • Will likely need to check that shaft separately
 • Take the head off (put it safely in another checked bag)
 • Put a piece of tape on the shaft
 • Write down the same info you would on a luggage tag on that tape
 • At check in, airline will place a barcoded sticker on that shaft and check it as an oversized piece (and maybe they'll be nice about the extra charges, if applicable)
 • At arrival, pick up the shaft in the oversized luggage area behind baggage claim (or wherever the oversized area is at your destination airport)
 

Oh, and DON'T FORGET to pack a screwdriver in one of your CHECKED bags.  If you have other tips or suggestions - let us know in the comments!
 

Safe travels!

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