Mount Shasta Paranormal
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fall River & Golden Gate Park
FEDEX vs Travel nightmare
I ship my rods and shotguns for that matter via FEDEX and insure them for more than they are worth. That way, if FEDEX does lose em I can get better equipment! (Plus no anxiety as I can check the routing to make sure the rods/shotguns are actually on site before I get on the airplane.) Take another FEDEX form plus tape, etc. so that on departure you don't have to scramble to send your stuff home, and you can already have FEDEX scheduled to come pick up your package. Of course havng a secretary handle all this makes it really easy. If you ship early, you save $$$ by shipping express saver. That all being said, last month I carried on a 3 piece 13' rod and a 4 pc 14 ft rod on United Airlines back from Florida with no problem.
Back in 2002, on the return leg of a Bahamas Bone fishing trip,my wife tried to convince a Delta security agent in FT Lauderdale that my 4 piece 7, 8 & 9 weight rods had been permitted as carry on from SFO to the Abacos and it didn't make sense that the same wouldn't be allowed on the return leg. My wife ended up being thrown off the flight and had to take a cab to Miami to catch a $1200 one way United Flight to get home while I had to purchase a box, check the rods, and take care of our traumatized children who didn't understand why mommy was taken away by bad men.
Lesson: When in doubt, Fedex, don't argue with the airport gestapo & Delta sucks.