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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Reels on Air Canada flights

I am taking an upcoming Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Smithers. Does Air Canada allow reels on carry on luggage?

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I would doubt it, check out their website for info
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Several Air Canada trips from Vancouver, BC, to Smithers and Terrace have allowed me to carry on reels with lines.

A couple of weeks ago, an Air Canada flight from San Francisco to Vancouver allowed carry on reels with lines.

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It has been a couple of years but I have had reels taken from me on a couple of occasions flying Air Canada going and coming from BC. Had a Loop Seatrout Reel disappear after reels were taken away in Vancouver. As I said it has been a couple of years and hopefully your experience is different.
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I flew from Vancouver to Toronto in May via Air Canada and took on board a rod (cased) and a reel in my bag. You cannot carry hooks/flies, they have tobe in checked luggage.It is always good to check with them
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Reels on Air Canada

Despite hearing at the airport that they didn't allow reels with lines on them, I flew both directions to Terrance, BC from Vancouver in August. Don't know what the source of the confusion is.
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I had ten dozen flies in my SFO - YVR carry on.
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I have had problems with flies in carry-ons. My first trip to BC, they made me check the carryon with the flies in Vancouver. After that, I have occasionally forgotten about a fly or fly box and have been called on it and had to recoup. Wouldn't risk flies unless I had plenty of time.
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Do NOT put flies on your carry on. 95 times out of 100, they're going to be gone. Period. Even if you could fly with them on your carry on into canada, do not carry them on board when you're leaving from a canadian airport. Not worth it.

Reels are dependant on the security guy you run into. I wouldn't risk it unless you don't mind going back and checking your carry on.
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Air Canada vs Reels and fly's

Nope don't do it unless you have time to get them into your main bag. One time it's ok, next no way, then you look over and here's some guy with fly's and a reel on the plane, absolutely no consistency. When you depart Smithers don't even give it a second thought pack them in your main bag. I gave up trying to second guess those folks years ago."

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I fly all the time with my reels in my carry on baggage and have never had a problem within Canada. There is no law that states you can't take a reel on a plane. It is the line that they are worried about and is the gray area of the law. If you remove your fly line and place it in your checked luggage and leave your backing on your reel worst case you strip your $10 worth of backing off at security and re spool with some spare backing that you have in your checked bag.
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hi all,

from frankfurt to montreal they do no allow reels with lines.
a friend of mine had to strip off they whole line from his reels.

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From Europe to Canada they do not allow rods, reels, lines and hooks in the carry on. So I always put all my fishing gear in my checked baggage to be safe.
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Never had a problem with one reel with line on an AC flight, in Canada!

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Check it

I have made 50+ flights this year, which is a typical year, as a consulting engineer. I have had rulers and other insignificant items taken, while I have seem needle nose cutters allowed on the same flight.

The application of the rules has some inconsistenies.

I have been able to get flies on, and had to check them.

I have never heard of lines being not allowed, but I believe there was something taken from me once, as I could use it to strangle someone (but then again, could I not use a belt for this this?)

I believe the plane from Smithers is often a DASH which has limited space anyway, and you will not be able to carry on the rods (plane side check). I would suggest you check it.

Good fishing on the Nass, or whatever river you will be on.
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