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Air Travel with Skates

Traditionally, skaters usually transport their skates as carry-on items when traveling by air. The additional security restrictions imposed after the 9/11 tragedy have made this ability uncertain for most skaters. Apparently the sharp blades are considered too "knife-like" by most carriers and they are telling their passengers that they may not be carried on.

If you are planning to travel with your skates, you should check in advance with your carrier to see what they say, but I think that even if I was told it was ok, I'd still half-expect someone at the gate to tell me otherwise.

The reason most skaters carry on their skates is because they are concerned that they might become lost or delayed if they are checked. A 24-hour delay in getting your luggage might not be real serious if you're just visiting Aunt Matilda, but it would be a real problem if you arrive 20 hours before you're supposed to skate at Regionals... So what can you do to minimize the possibility of errors if you DO check your skates?

If anybody has any good suggestions, email them to me and I'll post them here. For starters though, this is what I would do.

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