Has anyone ever tried checking their disc golf bag as luggage at an airport? Do they give you any trouble or just look at you funny? Also, my bag is a light color, should I put it in a plastic bag? Any suggestions or advice appreciated...
Right after 9-11, we flew to Colorado for some disc golf and they used a cotton swab on our discs to check them. That was kinda cool and they asked all kinds of questions.
I also had one security agent actually recognize them and ask how long I had played etc. That was a few years after that, around 2004 or so.
I always carry on my bag. And almost always get pulled aside. They must think it's plastic explosives or something LOL. But truely, the checkers just are not used to the images the discs make and need to check them out.
I never personally had a problem bringing my discs on a plane. I did hear a story about one of our friends on here who had his MP3 player next to the last disc...that got him pulled aside for a little extra Q & A.
Never checked mine. I fly just about everywhere I go. Always a carry on. I am always a little concerned with the temperature fluctuations. I fly Southwest a lot, and they don't carry animals down below, so the heat could be soaring. Most screeeners will give my bag a double take, I normally look back at them and ask, "any guesses?" most of the time they think they're plates. Just make sure you empty your water bottle, and happy travels.
Everytime I have flown with my bag of discs I have had my bag searched. They say they look suspecious I say they are profiling not just the discs. But once I explain to them what they are they are like oh interesting. Then again I get searched just about every time I fly with or without my discs.
I take My Innova Bag as my carry on and it fits in the overhead perfectly.
The X-Ray guy might ask you what those are, but there was always another employee alongside him who knew what disc golf was and assured him that it was not C-4 plastic explosives!
Plenty of room in a disc golf bag for everything you need on an airplane.
Have a safe flight!