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    Default Travelling With Your Badminton Racquets?

    when you're travelling (by plane of coz) where do you put ur "precious" rackets? in a suitcase? in ur "yonex badminton bag" then put it in ur suitcase? I've noticed that you can't hand carry rackets to the plane now as they say it's a weapon. So, what is the best way to keep ur rackets safe while travelling?

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    Default talk ! talk ! talk! ask ! ask! ask! beg! beg ! beg!

    I had this problem some years ago, returning from malaysia with some new rackets.
    Somehow malaysians can relate to this problem 'cause they love badminton - like me - and they passed it as handlugage...hurra!
    My best advice to you would be to explain your situation and just how fragile a badminton racket is.
    Best of luck!

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    The last tournament i flew overseas for was my SEASAC tournament held in Bangkok. I had 3 rackets with me in my normal 2 compartment Finnex bag. What i did was i took out some of the clothes and put them into my other bag and hand carried my racket bag. I was afraid that the stuff my be mishandled as the rackets may have been damaged in the baggage compartment in the plane.

    Oh yah, if your like me a carry a pair of scissors in there to cut broken strings, PLS remember to take them out. With the airport staff in the Singapore airport amongst the others have really stepped up sercurity since Sep 11th. So remember to remove them

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    I brought back some badminton rackets from HK last week. The airplane security guards wouldn't let me carry them, but they kept them for me during the flight, and I got them back after I got off the plane. Just tell them the badminton rackets are fragile and they will take good care of them.

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    Fourcas, i think your are lucky in that case because maybe the baggage checker understand badminton. I doubt it could be repeated other airports. Also you said it was years ago. After Sep 11, things changed. I my case, i called ahead to ask they all refuse me to carry badminton racquet on board. This airline also has a 22" limit for carry on where as typical badminton racquet is 26 to 26.5 inches long.

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    Default Traveling with racquets..

    Hi all. I'll be traveling back to HK soon. I was thinking about packing my racquets(2) in one of my suitcases. Clothes on the bottom and rackets in the middle and clothes on top. Have anyone done this before? I'm traveling by JAL heading to Chicago-Japan-HK. Is there any restrictions with bringing along racquets in suitcases or in racquet bags? The luggage will leave Toronto, Canada with no problem and heading to Chicago. I switch planes and luggage is transferred over to plane heading to Japan. I will stay in Japan for two days. That is my first concern. I have to retrieve my luggage in Japan. I'm afraid they might check my luggage and take my racquets away. If I get passed Japan then next stop is my final destination, HK. Anybody recently have problems bringing in racquets to HK? Hope fellow BCer's can help. Thanks in advance.

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    i had no problem last time i played at boston open. i carried my racquet as my carry on luggage. i was afraid that they might break mine. but my friends checked thier racquets in and had no problem. hope this help.

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    Default Re: Traveling with racquets..

    Originally posted by Chu Pa
    Hi all. I'll be traveling back to HK soon. I was thinking about packing my racquets(2) in one of my suitcases. Clothes on the bottom and rackets in the middle and clothes on top. Have anyone done this before?
    I done that before. The racquets survived.
    Perhaps you could ask the cabin crew to store the racquet for you on board as they could be 'dangerous weapons' (Kwun's experience).

    I guess the best answer is to leave the racquets and buy new ones in Japan and in HK.

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    I've travelled a few times with racquets inside my suitcase. I used the hard shell ones - Samsonite and placed my racquets between my clothes. They always arrived in one piece.

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    I think you shouldn't have any problems if the racquets are in your luggage but if they are your carry-on, there might be issues.

    On the news tonight, they said that Transport Canada just released a list (of over 100) of items not allowed as carry on which included tennis racquets and golf clubs (I would assumed that badminton racquets are included).

    I know that pre-9/11, I had no problem with my racquets in my carry-on.

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    hardshell suitcase is what i used when i went to HK last month. i had my rackets in my racket bag, and then put the bag in the suitcase. not a scratch!

    good luck, just don't stuff too many book ( ) or other heavy stuff with it.

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    Default Suitcase is the route...

    Last year when I came back from HK(pre 9/11), I had no problem with bringing racquets as carry-on baggage. Customs people didn't ask or look in my carry-on. I talked to a friend on Tuesday about bringing back racquets as carry-on. He came back from Shanghai on vacation with one racquet. Customs at Shanghai didn't have a problem with him bringing it back to Toronto. When he got to Vancouver he had problems. They wanted to take the racquet away but my friend refused to give it up. They had two security people escort him into the plane and made sure the racquet stayed with the flight attendants. I think it is overkill escorting passengers on board if they carry racquets or any sporting equipment. Definitely, storing in suitcase is the better choice with less hassle. Cheung, wish I had the money to buy JP versions in Japan. I'll stick to my current racquets for now. I will buy more racquets in the future while I am in HK. Want to improve my backhand and smash first. Thanks everyone for your input.

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    Chu Pa, I suggest you take out a loan for those JP racquets

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    Hey you won't have a problem. I travelled to malaysia and back to toronto with carry-on badminton racquets and there was no problem what so ever. I travelled via SIA and Air Canada. . You just have to make sure your racquets are not bigger than your permitted carry-on size luggage. Hope this helps.

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    i just travelled from San Jose to San Diego, the only bag i have is my racket bag. my bag is pretty big, larger than the normal 6 racket ones that yonex offers. but smaller than the tournament bag (the rectagular one). anyway, when i checked in, i asked the hostess if that would be permitted, she said, "sure."

    and i went through securities with a squash racket and 3 badminton ones with no problems at all. i had the squash racket in there for support in case they force me to have it checked in...

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    To be specific i had 6 racquets in my racquet bag which included shirts, shorts, racquet cases and a bunch of other stuff . You shouldn't have a problem.

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    Originally posted by Cheung
    Chu Pa, I suggest you take out a loan for those JP racquets
    I know the JP and CP/CN racquets are good. I've used MP100 CP and definitely a more durable racquet. Hopefully, I can get my hands on a MP90 in the near future when I arrive in HK.

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