'Can I Bring My Ice Skates As Carry-On Luggage?'
With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."
When it comes to bringing your ice skates with you things are a little bit tricky, and honestly a lot of seems to depend on who is hanging out at the security checkpoint. Sure the airlines have their say in the matter, but first things first—we need to check with the TSA.
It sounds like ice skates are cool with the TSA, as they seem to classify things as sports equipment. Since ice skates probably aren’t specifically to be used as a bludgeon—their words—like a bat or a club, things should be permitted to be carried aboard. They do say that certain items could require additional screening, and that the final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane. So we say be extra nice, hope for the best, and be prepared to possibly check them—or toss them in the trash.
Most carriers do not specifically reference ice skates in their rules and regulations, and we guess that we’d just classify them as general sports equipment. That means carrying things on should be fine, as long as you bag fits in the bag sizer and you meet any other rules and regulations. We did note that Frontier seems to be down with bringing ice skates in the cabin, so if you feel the need to show them to the flight attendant—this is a safe airline on which to do so.
As for the bad news, United does not want to see these things aboard their flights, as they say that “ice skates are not permitted in carry-on baggage;” however, we wonder how they’d know if they were on your bag. JetBlue also says "thanks but no thanks" to ice skates in the cabin.
Bottom line is that the TSA is fine with ice skates in the cabin—if they’re having a good day—but it’s ultimately up to your carrier. Be smart and you should be on the rink before you know it.
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