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#1 scottleo

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 12:15 PM

I am traveling to St. Augustine this Friday & I wanted to take heads off my woods and put in my carry on...anyone have any issues with security when doing this?

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 12:17 PM

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I am traveling to St. Augustine this Friday & I wanted to take heads off my woods and put in my carry on...anyone have any issues with security when doing this?
can't see why not -- however, i'd actually suggest taking the heads off the clubs - putting them in the headcovers, then putting them in the side pocket of your bag.

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 12:23 PM

Second that, just take heads off, place in headcover and put in size pockets of golf bag.

Take your laser range finder (if you have one) in your carry on, I've heard of those coming up missing through Airline luggage.

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 12:38 PM

Shouldn't be an issue with tsa

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 01:26 PM

no issue i do it all the time never had a problem with TSA with them in my carry on.

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 01:27 PM

Took them in my carry on on the way to Bandon 2 weeks ago. It was an incredible waste of space. On the way back, I just took them off and left them in the travel bag inside of the headcovers.

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 07:34 PM

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I am traveling to St. Augustine this Friday & I wanted to take heads off my woods and put in my carry on...anyone have any issues with security when doing this?
I did this last fall flying from Atlanta to Phoenix, didn't have any issues.
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Posted 28 March 2018 - 08:15 PM

In your golf bag like the others say....unless they are PXG :)
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Posted 28 March 2018 - 08:29 PM

I work for an airline, and I'm planes all day long. I would definitely put the heads in a book bag with headcovers on them (it's what I do every time I take mine at least). I also wrapped bath towels around the iron heads and wood/hybrid shafts.

Those guys the on ramp throwing bags do not give 2 $h!ts about your bag or any bag for that matter. It's about moving them quick. I suppose you could put them in your bags side pockets but when throw bags they throw them on their sides. You can do what you want but I'd suggest throwing the heads in a book bag or carry on and wrapping a towel or two around the iron heads shafts without heads on them.
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Posted 28 March 2018 - 10:07 PM

View Postrymail00, on 28 March 2018 - 08:29 PM, said:

I work for an airline, and I'm planes all day long. I would definitely put the heads in a book bag with headcovers on them (it's what I do every time I take mine at least). I also wrapped bath towels around the iron heads and wood/hybrid shafts.

Those guys the on ramp throwing bags do not give 2 $h!ts about your bag or any bag for that matter. It's about moving them quick. I suppose you could put them in your bags side pockets but when throw bags they throw them on their sides. You can do what you want but I'd suggest throwing the heads in a book bag or carry on and wrapping a towel or two around the iron heads shafts without heads on them.

This is why I use a hard shell :)

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 10:15 PM

View Postmd1m, on 28 March 2018 - 10:07 PM, said:

View Postrymail00, on 28 March 2018 - 08:29 PM, said:

I work for an airline, and I'm planes all day long. I would definitely put the heads in a book bag with headcovers on them (it's what I do every time I take mine at least). I also wrapped bath towels around the iron heads and wood/hybrid shafts.

Those guys the on ramp throwing bags do not give 2 $h!ts about your bag or any bag for that matter. It's about moving them quick. I suppose you could put them in your bags side pockets but when throw bags they throw them on their sides. You can do what you want but I'd suggest throwing the heads in a book bag or carry on and wrapping a towel or two around the iron heads shafts without heads on them.

This is why I use a hard shell :)

Whoops! I knew I forgot something. :-) Yes my post and experience is with soft sided travel bags only thus far.
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:05 AM

I travelled with a hard shell a few times, serious issues with whatever car you're being picked up in or renting (if anything other than a mini van).  I finally had enough after basically shoe horning the case into a Honda Accord with all seats folded down and then wrestling it out of the car at the airport, thought I was going to need a crowbar to get it out.  That was my final trip with the hardcase.

Also, since you can't lock luggage any longer, the latches can just pop right open if nudged the right way.  My solution on a trip was to use black duct tape around the mid portion of the bag, but if TSA gets all hot and bothered they'll cut that right open and leave your case essentially open the rest of the trip.

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:17 AM

View Postscottleo, on 28 March 2018 - 12:15 PM, said:

I am traveling to St. Augustine this Friday & I wanted to take heads off my woods and put in my carry on...anyone have any issues with security when doing this?

Yes - don't put them in your headcover and copiously wash the driver head -- any scent of fertilizer in your bag and they do a public cavity search - haven't had my balls rubbed like that in a long time...
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:23 AM

I've done it. No problems.

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 08:29 AM

I've never pulled the heads off.  I just group the woods in the middle of the bag  around and under the stiff arm.  Knock on wood, I haven't any trouble so far.

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 10:10 AM

View PostSwingMan, on 29 March 2018 - 08:17 AM, said:

View Postscottleo, on 28 March 2018 - 12:15 PM, said:

I am traveling to St. Augustine this Friday & I wanted to take heads off my woods and put in my carry on...anyone have any issues with security when doing this?

Yes - don't put them in your headcover and copiously wash the driver head -- any scent of fertilizer in your bag and they do a public cavity search - haven't had my balls rubbed like that in a long time...
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 09:12 PM

That’s how I always travel and I basically live in a plane. Should probably look into buying a couple spare sets
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:45 PM

View Postrymail00, on 28 March 2018 - 08:29 PM, said:

I work for an airline, and I'm planes all day long. I would definitely put the heads in a book bag with headcovers on them (it's what I do every time I take mine at least). I also wrapped bath towels around the iron heads and wood/hybrid shafts.

Those guys the on ramp throwing bags do not give 2 $h!ts about your bag or any bag for that matter. It's about moving them quick. I suppose you could put them in your bags side pockets but when throw bags they throw them on their sides. You can do what you want but I'd suggest throwing the heads in a book bag or carry on and wrapping a towel or two around the iron heads shafts without heads on them.
Thank you.  There is less padding on the sides of a (soft) travel case than the top, at least in the two Sun Mountain Glider models I have.

I did take them off and in carry-on (no problems with security) one way on a recenbt trip then just left them on and well-padded as usual on the way back.

I agree about the comment in another post about cleaning clubs well to remove any possible fertilizer residue (a potential bomb flag to TSA.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:01 PM

View Postcwglum, on 29 March 2018 - 08:05 AM, said:

Also, since you can't lock luggage any longer, the latches can just pop right open if nudged the right way.  My solution on a trip was to use black duct tape around the mid portion of the bag, but if TSA gets all hot and bothered they'll cut that right open and leave your case essentially open the rest of the trip.

?? Is this just domestic US airline flights or a request of one specific carrier? I've done three trips to/from Canada to US in the last six or months ago (Maui, twice to Palm Springs) on a Canadian airline and I've always locked up my bags with TSA locks.

Also locked bags to and from Europe in the summer (no golf clubs) on KLM (Dutch Airline).  

While I've had locks opened a couple of times before by TSA, and usually got a note inside notified this was done, no sign of that any of those trips. I was probably lucky but stuff wasn't messed about noticeably after they closed it up.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 11:43 PM

View Postrymail00, on 28 March 2018 - 08:29 PM, said:

I work for an airline, and I'm planes all day long. I would definitely put the heads in a book bag with headcovers on them (it's what I do every time I take mine at least). I also wrapped bath towels around the iron heads and wood/hybrid shafts.

Those guys the on ramp throwing bags do not give 2 $h!ts about your bag or any bag for that matter. It's about moving them quick. I suppose you could put them in your bags side pockets but when throw bags they throw them on their sides. You can do what you want but I'd suggest throwing the heads in a book bag or carry on and wrapping a towel or two around the iron heads shafts without heads on them.

I do both of the above. I also bought one of those big foam egg crate looking things that go on top of a mattress, cut it to size that I can wrap it around my bag, and then throw that all in my travel bag. Provides some padding for when they do throw around your bag.


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