Air travel with a "Life Raft"
I was curious if anybody here has ever done some air travel and taken their raft with them by checking it as a life raft? I've been looking around for ways to take my boat with me, but most are pretty expensive. The most feasible way that I had found up until now was to ship the boat air cargo, but I have to be a TSA approved shipper to do that. Then in my looking under sport equipment that they allow you to take, I saw that Southwest allows a life raft for $50. I haven't called to ask them if there are weight limits for my life raft, but I'm just going to guess that they are not going to take a 150# avon as a life raft, since it is big enough that as normal baggage it would have to be shipped air cargo.
Just thought I would check if anybody has tried this route before. Or does anybody have any tips for how to become an approved shipper. Or any other ideas for a way to get a boat from Cosco (Colorado Springs for the majority of people who aren't me) to Sacramento?
Thanks for the input.