(FAQ) How should you pack cue sticks for airline baggage?

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With the current airline restrictions on all things that could be considered a weapon or even a threat of a weapon, you are unable to carry your cue sticks on the airplane as carry-on baggage. For individuals who have sticks that are more than a little important to them, this restriction has made it more difficult for those who fly to tournaments and other places.

Every once in a while, an airline clerk may “approve” bringing your cue case as carry-on baggage. However, consider this with a grain of salt. TSA and the security checkers have the final word. If you are turned back, you will be stuck trying to get your check-in luggage back to place your stick within its confines.

If you have highly valuable sticks (i.e., $1,000 and up) you may not want to trust the airline baggage process. In this situation, you can have them sent to the nearest shipping office (Fed-Ex, UPS, DHL, etc. – whichever you trust) or to your hotel to be picked up there when you arrive at your destination. Contact the local office of these shippers to get additional details about packaging, costs, etc.

Here are some suggestions based on what has worked for other people:

  • Bring only the minimum number of sticks necessary for your trip.
  • Place the cue case, wrapped with clothes, diagonally within a large hard suitcase.
  • Purchase a special elongated hard suitcase that will hold one or two cue cases. Add bubble wrap to keep them in place.
  • A hockey bag is large enough to hold clothes and your stick cases.
  • However packed, place your name, address, phone, and email with the sticks or the case.
  • When packed inside your suitcase, use a TSA-approved strap lock to ensure your case is not opened in transit.

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