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Offline CabKing65

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Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« on: August 16, 2017, 04:27:46 PM »
Driving down south to help a buddy move to Southern Cali.   Im able to drive all the gear down with the Rental Truck and I will be flying home with Southwest airlines  La To Sac.

I have been Calling around Dive shops and searching for info on the Web.  I keep getting mixed Results for Flying with Lead weights.  Does any one have Experience flying with lead weights?



https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/checked-bags-pol.html

Baggage Allowance:
Southwest allows two (2) checked pieces of baggage per ticketed Customer. Size and weight limitations apply.

Weight and Size Allowance:
Southwest will accept the first two checked bags for free provided that the bags do not exceed 50 lbs


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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 04:54:43 PM »
can you wear the weight belt? tell them its for fitness.
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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2017, 04:57:19 PM »
Leave some extra weights down with your buddy for the next trip.  I know you found some lead so maybe you have extra. 

You can also send the lead home in a USPS flat rate box.  If you have the arrow dynamic weights you can probably get them in a $6 box if wrapped good. 

You can put in check on baggage also but may force you to pay extra charges. 

I will be down that way on the 20th if you want to throw them in my truck you are welcome to and pick up next time you head to Ft bragg. 


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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2017, 05:56:45 PM »
You can also send the lead home in a USPS flat rate box.  If you have the arrow dynamic weights you can probably get them in a $6 box if wrapped good. 

https://www.easypost.com/usps-flat-rate-boxes-and-pricing.html


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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2017, 07:49:18 PM »
can you wear the weight belt? tell them its for fitness.

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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2017, 08:30:57 PM »
I have gone on planes with lead weights in my carry-on. They will for sure check your bags at security but then let you through. Probably best to just pull it out and place it into a separate bin at security to avoid delays.

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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2017, 08:54:57 PM »
When I took a PFI class at long beach.  I placed 20lbs weight in a small luggage along with other heavey items to make total 50 lbs.  In addition, I had a large luggage for wetsuit, and other lighter items.  Using a luggage scale, I made sure both of my checked-in luggage didn't exceed 50 lbs.  Took Southwest without any difficulty.  Southwest only domestic airline I know that doesn't charge for checked-in luggate (Upto 2).

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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2017, 12:31:50 AM »
Little confused. Southwest allows two free checked bags and each one can weigh 50 lbs. You say you have 26 lbs of lead.

I have packed lead as a carry on before. However, I have heard of people who were unable to bring lead on as a carry on when they had the lead on their weight belt. From TSA perspective, weight belt + lead could be used as a weapon.


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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2017, 08:34:58 AM »
I always take my belt carry on.  Fiji, Thailand, Mexico, Hawaii, Caribbean, Bahamas, SoCal, I've never had a second look.  But, the TSA agents WILL get pissed off if the lead is in the bottom of your bag.  Just have the lead on your belt and put it through the X Ray machine separately.  Otherwise they'll have to pull it out of your bag to verify it's not uranium.

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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2017, 10:09:24 AM »
I always take my belt carry on.  Fiji, Thailand, Mexico, Hawaii, Caribbean, Bahamas, SoCal, I've never had a second look.  But, the TSA agents WILL get pissed off if the lead is in the bottom of your bag.  Just have the lead on your belt and put it through the X Ray machine separately.  Otherwise they'll have to pull it out of your bag to verify it's not uranium.

U take your weight belt with lead on the plane as a carry on and you have never had an issue?


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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2017, 10:17:41 AM »
I always take my belt carry on.  Fiji, Thailand, Mexico, Hawaii, Caribbean, Bahamas, SoCal, I've never had a second look.  But, the TSA agents WILL get pissed off if the lead is in the bottom of your bag.  Just have the lead on your belt and put it through the X Ray machine separately.  Otherwise they'll have to pull it out of your bag to verify it's not uranium.

U take your weight belt with lead on the plane as a carry on and you have never had an issue?

No real issues.  They've been pissed off when the weights are loose in the bottom of my bag.  Now I keep the belt and everything in a cotton grocery bag that I pull out right before going through the x ray, and put it through on its own bucket.  Most TSA people are used to seeing scuba weights (and not pinch weights), so I keep it on the belt to make it obvious.  I also hand carry my long fins, which likely reassures them that I won't be swinging the weights around like a medieval flail.

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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2017, 01:46:10 PM »
I had 10lb confiscated when I tried to bring them as carry on flying out of San Jose del cabo.

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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2017, 06:56:35 PM »
 
I had 10lb confiscated when I tried to bring them as carry on flying out of San Jose del cabo.

Also had lead confiscated.

Was there any reasoning behind the confiscation?

Was it the sheer weight?

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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2017, 06:57:44 PM »
Also had lead confiscated.
That's BS. 

They profiled you because you look like you might thump someone with the belt.  I guess they saved you from being tazed or shot by an Air Marshal. 

My wife just sent the TSA a message and asked what their policy is on dive weights since it's not under the search option in their website.  Sounds like a training issue. 

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Re: Air Travel with 26 lbs Lead weights
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2017, 07:01:04 PM »
Are these confiscations happening in MX?

 

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