Backpack as checked baggage

DocH

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I'm sorry if this topic has been covered before, but I'm a little challenged at figuring out how to effectively search for topics on the site. I have an EMR2 and am considering flying with it. I've never flown with it and I'm concerned about all it the straps or waist belt getting caught, etc. as it goes through the bag handlers/equipment. I would compress it as much as possible and use the Velcro strap keepers to keep it as streamlined as possible, but I really can't afford to get to my destination and not have my bag arrive with me. Am I just being too paranoid things? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Idahohillboy

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I dont check backpack I put my spotter, binos, tripod, and camera anything expensive in the pack and carry it on. Then stuff the tent, and camping stuff in my suite case.

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wind gypsy

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I've never thought twice about checking a pack, thanks for increasing my future stress a little bit :D
 

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Throw it in a heavy duty trash bag. Keep it from getting dirty, as well. Normally, I use my pack as a carry on.
 

buttekid

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I've checked mine several times and not had any problems. Ask the airline for a large plastic bag when you check in at the ticket counter. All the airlies use them for packs, car seats, etc... As mentioned above, though, I would recommend carrying on board any valuables, including optics.
 

weaver

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I also use mine as a carry with optics ect.

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Kotaman

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I've never checked a pack. Always cinch them down and carry them on. Hundreds of trips internationally and around North America.
 

Don K

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Will it fit in a Military Duffel bag? I've used one of those to fly, Im thinking put it inside and you wont have to worry about anything happening
 

AK Troutbum

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Throw it in a heavy duty trash bag. Keep it from getting dirty, as well. Normally, I use my pack as a carry on.
This^^^^ I also carry a couple extra heavy duty compactor bags so I end up having at least one for my flight back home. I'll also echo what else has been said regarding expensive optics, etc., I carry my spotter, binos, sat phone, and all electronics in a zippered, waterproof, carry-on, duffle bag.
 

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I put my pack in a lightweight, oversized duffel. Prevents the straps and buckles from getting chewed up by conveyor belts.
 

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Big duffle or hockey bag. Doesn't have to be expensive & no reason for a lock, they'll just cut it off.

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Idahohillboy

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I will tell you carrying on your bag with the expensive stuff on it ensures it does not get opened and raided in transit. That is why I carry it on also if my suit case gets lost I still have my necessities. My bow flies but that is checked through tsa but at the same time there is no way I gonna trust thousands in optics, an expensive pack and camera to be tossed arpund by the airline employees or raided.

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Frito

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I would never check any backpack that I cared too much about. Those bag handlers don't give a damn about how your pack is handled and I would never judge the durability of a backpack or anything based on its condition after going through that. You might be fine 19 times out of 20 but some tough stuff gets shredded in that process.
 

missionmtn1990

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Correct me if in wrong but I think the limit is 24" for a carry on bag. Does anyone carry on their 26" frame?
 

Felix40

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Correct me if in wrong but I think the limit is 24" for a carry on bag. Does anyone carry on their 26" frame?

Im wondering the same thing. I can't imagine airline employees letting me carry on my 26" frame loaded with stuff. Maybe Im wrong.
 

weaver

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Not saying it couldn't happen but my friends have carried on 26" packs multiple times without a problem. Just don't pack it too full.

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kcm2

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LL Bean sells a 8600 cu in bag. I have two, one with wheels, one without, If I fly with the pack, it goes in that bag. Problem solved. \\

I would not want that baggage transport device to disassemble my Kifaru pack on that way to a trip where I really needed the pack.
 

Yellowknife

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I've checked my pack dozens of times for both work and hunting over many years. Often no other effective way for me to do it without juggling extra bags etc that I don't want at the end destination. Carrying a 26" frame on is doable on the full size jets, but the turbo prop connectors I often use in AK/Canada it's a non-starter. Optics and electronics go in a smaller carry on. Straps on the main pack get cinched tight and I like to use webbing keepers if possible. Hip belt gets wrapped back around the pack and buckled to the rear. If the airline has heavy duty bags for car seats available I will usually request one to save conveyor belt abrasion.

I've certainly seen some wear and tear over the years, but nothing destroyed yet.
 

chops24

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I've checked mine several times and not had any problems. Ask the airline for a large plastic bag when you check in at the ticket counter. All the airlies use them for packs, car seats, etc... As mentioned above, though, I would recommend carrying on board any valuables, including optics.

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