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Old 10-21-2007   #11
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Hey FatDog...

Flew 4 creek boats out of Denver to Costa Rica on the same flight in Dec. 2005. This included the two that showed up unwrapped. It can be done from anywhere with a little solid prep work (Costa Rica, Ecuador, Alaska and Africa to date) and respect/good attitude for the check-in folks. I am not saying that this is a 100% thing, but it sure has come up roses a bunch for me and some travelling partners. The counter folks are far from trying to wreck your trip. They want to help you, and, like with anyone else, if you make things easier/smoother for them then you are likely to be shown some kindness in return. A clean presentation doesn't hurt either. We leave old flight tags on the boat bags(easy to carry and ready to stow) and remove them in the presence of the counter folks. Thus proving that these have indeed been carried before by a rival or their own airline.....
Sure, it might be overkill. But why leave anything to chance when you are heading out on a once in a lifetime trip? You want your gear and your boat to get there and the water levels and logistics to fall into place upon arrival...
And I am rambling on... Just saying, it can be done, and often, from anywhere.

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Old 10-21-2007   #12
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I have taken boats on planes to Chile, New Zealand, Canada, and across the states.

Biggest tip I have, put it in a bag. If they ask you what it is, tell them it is a "surf ski, like a surfboard that you sit down on." They will charge you for oversize/weight but you can get it through.

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Old 10-22-2007   #13
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As suggested I recommend that you call ahead. The first time I went to down there 10 of us showed up at the counter and went to 4 different agents and got 4 different prices to load the boats. United use to have an oversize check in that allows you to by pass all the lines and just head back there and check your stuff through with out a hassle. Don't load you boat up with a bunch of stuff. Keep it light.
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Old 10-22-2007   #14
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If its an Allstar I wonder how much Fedex would charge to ship it for you. Cause they will ship that size of boat.
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Old 10-22-2007   #15
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I've called into Continental and they said that Ecuador has an "embargo" for oversized luggage from Nov. 15th to Jan 15th. and that it is the country's policy not the airlines..... Is this b.s. or has anybody else heard of these embargos. LAME
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Old 10-22-2007   #16
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Yes, but it is different than it sounds...

Originally Posted by lotsawater View Post
I've called into Continental and they said that Ecuador has an "embargo" for oversized luggage from Nov. 15th to Jan 15th. and that it is the country's policy not the airlines..... Is this b.s. or has anybody else heard of these embargos. LAME
An EMBARGO is an airline imposed deal...

From American Airlines:

Due to heavy traffic, American Airlines and American Eagle will adopt embargoes on checked baggage and boxes from June 9, 2007 through August 12, 2007.

Here is the link:


From Continental Airlines:

Excess Bagagage Embargo

No extra pieces of Excess Baggage to/from the following destinations will be accepted (unless noted).

For economy class travel, no pieces exceeding the allowable weight (50 lbs/ 23 kilograms) will be accepted (unless noted).

Here is the link:

Continental Airlines - Excess Baggage Embargo


You can always try it, but having someone stand-by at the airport in case it gets denied isn't a bad idea. I have read some of the posts on here and I guess I am too much of an optimist to be deterred from trying as I have always managed to get aboard with kayaks. However, that streak could end at any time. Please let us all know what you decide to do and how you fare.


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