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JSully
12-02-2009, 01:02 PM
... for bringing their weightlifting gear?

I'm flying to florida tonight and I don't want to pay the $15 to check my bag. I'll be taking my bands, wrist wraps and belt, along with protein powder, carb powder then the usual clothes/shoes etc..

Has this caused an issue with anyone in the past with the weightlifting gear?

MarcusWild
12-02-2009, 01:25 PM
I've heard of bad experiences with powder substances. I doubt they'll let you carry on a bag with powders these days. Before things were so restrictive on carry on rules, I heard of someone having the ziploc bag holding their chalk explode open. They were detained until the dogs were brought in.

Athos
12-02-2009, 02:09 PM
I can only speak from my experiences, I've never had any trouble with any lifting gear itself, but with powders you may be taking your chances of some hassle, depending on which TSA employees you get. I brought loose powder in labeled tupperware containers the last two times I flew and I got through fine. You're probably safer using individual pre-packaged packets of protein powder if you can, but I tend to chance things like that.

Rugby Dad
12-02-2009, 02:40 PM
few years ago coming back from the Arnold, I purchased a kettlebell, and when that went thru X-ray machine you can imagine what it must have looked like on screen (a bomb for sure)
Yeah they pulled me aside for questioning, after explaining i was at the Arnold Expo and bought this cast iron bowling ball thing that's good for building strength and muscle, well they understood.

Ryano
12-02-2009, 02:46 PM
I always "carry on" my lifting gear when flying to a meet. I got surrounded by TSA security after they saw my Toro lever bench belt in my bag with their scanners. They didn't know what the lever was. After a thurough search, they advised me to take the belt out of the gear bag prior to going through security. I never take any protein, chalk or other supps in my gear bag. You're just asking for a hassle. They will have chalk at the meet.

Tom Mutaffis
12-02-2009, 02:52 PM
... for bringing their weightlifting gear?

I'm flying to florida tonight and I don't want to pay the $15 to check my bag. I'll be taking my bands, wrist wraps and belt, along with protein powder, carb powder then the usual clothes/shoes etc..

Has this caused an issue with anyone in the past with the weightlifting gear?

I have never had problems traveling with equipment.

Your best bet is to only bring what you absolutely need though. Just a belt/wrist wraps/clothes should be fine. Don't worry about bands and chalk.

Cmanuel
12-02-2009, 02:54 PM
Are you guys able to get a gear bag (im assuming a small dufflebag) along with your luggage onto the plane? Im going home in a few weeks and want to take my wraps, belt, etc with me but was wondering if I should pick up a small bag for them.

Guido
12-02-2009, 03:51 PM
Are you guys able to get a gear bag (im assuming a small dufflebag) along with your luggage onto the plane? Im going home in a few weeks and want to take my wraps, belt, etc with me but was wondering if I should pick up a small bag for them.As long as it fits the carry-on size you'll be fine.

FWIW, I've never had a problem bringing lifting stuff on a plane. I had to when i went to WABDL Worlds a couple years ago and had protein powders, chalk, etc. and had no trouble.

SEOINAGE
12-02-2009, 04:07 PM
I just traveled and they did some tests on my thing of salt that i was using to rinse my mouth out, I also had protein powders which they just did a seperate xray on but didn't do the chemical tests with.

NickAus
12-02-2009, 04:28 PM
No problems for me, went all through Asia with two 4lb tubs of protein and lots of Vitamins etc.

weasel
12-02-2009, 09:20 PM
I didn't have any issues when I flew back from MN to Oklahoma. I had a large duffel bag of pure lifting things (pills,powders,gloves,wraps,asthma inhalers,even a harness to pull trucks,etc...) and it passed same as my normal bag. Only thing I didn't bring was my B12(bottles and needles I figured were pushing my luck). and I know they didn't test hardly any if anything due to While there I had bought quite a bit of stuff still sealed and arrived in OK. everything still same way as packed and bottles/tubs still sealed.

I flew frontier by the way.

Hazerboy
12-03-2009, 01:35 PM
I've been flagged EVERY SINGLE TIME, though I carry a bunch of weird crap - belts, powders, grippers (this one always confuses them). I've always gotten through with my powder cause they can look at me see I'm just a goofy looking american white boy with muscles. One time I almost got in trouble for bringing a 60D nail on board though. I use my weightlifting bag to store all of my **** in at home, so I just forgot to take it out when I went on a trip, even though i haven't bent anything in about a year. They searched my bag 3 times before they finally found it. That one took some explaining! I was worried they were going to ask me to bend it as proof (luckily my wraps were still on my bag) which would have been a feat cause I hadn't bent anything in awhile. Luckily they believed me and it was crowded so they just waved me along!

Fighter_15
12-04-2009, 09:40 AM
Last year I went on vacation and I carried creatine and protein in my bag with no problems. They weren't in the original containers either they were in ziplocs.

HeavyBomber
12-04-2009, 10:44 AM
The lever weight belt always draws their attention.

tnathletics2b
12-04-2009, 11:12 AM
I just traveled to Vegas from Nashville and carried on 8 ziplock bags containing RESULTS and protein and no one said anything. In fact my friend carried on a fullsize tube of toothpaste, a full deoderant stick, and a full sized tube of acne medication, all of which were well over 3 oz, and no one stopped him. Kinda scacry, IMO.

JSully
12-04-2009, 10:22 PM
Thanks for all the input guys.. I didn't even think about the toothpaste.. My wife was bothering me about bringing my protein/results/carbs on board and then she says I should be fine with my shaving razor.. lmao..

Anyways, I carried on with a large tupperware of protein, my tub of results and my tub of twinlabs carbs.. I also got on with a full thing of toothpaste as well as my mach 3 razor.

dammstrate
12-05-2009, 11:35 AM
Only time I had a problem was when I had ammonia in the bag. One time a Russian vial of REALLY strong stuff, other time just the caps. Both times ended in the full search line. The TSA aren't very smart, but they do clamp on the
things they know or have been trained to be alert to. Known chemicals
like ammonia is a big no-no.