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traveling to Coz first time since TSA has been around question

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by ASA400, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. ASA400

    ASA400 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Nevada
    Hi guys,

    I'm off to my first trip outside the country since TSA has been around in a couple of weeks. It's also my first diving trip via air since TSA (mostly I drive to SoCal for diving there). I'm packing most of my big dive items, wetsuit, bc, fins, and some other small items, in my check bag but won't have a dedicated dive bag. I just put the expensive stuff (regs, computer and mask) in my carryon bag.

    Should I put a note in my check bag explaining what the "different" items are so TSA won't get crazy over it, or is this a non-issue?

  2. Ron Lee

    Ron Lee Contributor

    Not an issue. Keep essentials in your carry-on in case your checked luggage is mis-routed or stolen.
  3. Zman96

    Zman96 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Illinois
    Your plan is exactly what I do as well. BC, fins, wetsuit, spear gun etc in checked bags, regs mask and camera with me on carry on. Never an issue with them checked in.
  4. ASA400

    ASA400 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Nevada
    thanks guys!
  5. jbjclj

    jbjclj Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Oxnard, CA
    IN CASE YOU FLY UNITED Here is their scuba bag policy. Scuba equipment only up to 70 pounds

    Dear Mr. Jones:

    Thank you for contacting United Airlines.

    Allow me to give you the link to united.com where it talks about scuba bags as checked baggage.
    Scroll down and click on scuba equipment.

    Basically, it states that there is no weight limit as long as the bag contains "only" scuba equipment. If anything else as added to the bag then the maximum weight limit is 50 lbs.

    Dive tanks or rebreather tanks have a separate charge and is noted in the website information.

    Be sure to look at that link. There is a lot of additional information you will probably want to know.

    Not long ago United changed its baggage policy to Mexico. The first checked bag is now $25 and a second bag is $40. The scuba bag would be your first or second bag, etc. Any tanks are charged a flat fee as noted on united.com.

    You can be assured that this is the correct information.

    Please know that we appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you on board a future United Airlines flight.


    Steven Henry
    United Airlines

    Original Message Follows:

  6. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    There is no need to explain your bags contents.
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  7. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    Your diving equipment shouldn't be a problem, just don't include a knife in your carry-on bag. When you go through security if the officer has a question then he/she will ask to inspect your bag - no big deal.

    Nothing to do with diving but don't forget the rules for carrying on liquids and gels. I see so many people surprised that they can't carry a bottle of water or a big container of shampoo through security. You can have a single, one-quart zip-lock bag for your carry-on gels and liquids and none of them can be in containers larger than 3 ounces. You can put your bottle of shampoo in the checked bag - well wrapped in plastic - and you can buy a bottle of water after you get through security.

    They are usually very strict about this rule. I once saw them confiscate a 4 oz bottle of cologne that only had about an ounce of liquid left in it, go figure.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015
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  8. BrewingDiver

    BrewingDiver Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SE Florida
    Exactly the same for me, too.
  9. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    It's called the 3-1-1 rule, but it actually allows a quart bag with up to 3.4 oz/100 ml bottles. And smaller bags can be used, but not larger. At least they now allow liquids more than 100 mL in your carry-on bag if:
    • You are traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight;
    • they are in transparent containers;
    • you bought them at a duty-free shop, and
    • the store packed them in a secure, tamper-evident bag.
    3-1-1 Liquids Rule | Transportation Security Administration

    Yeah, TSA agents already have a lot of leeway on their calls. We don't want to give them too much.

    I've seen them go thru so many changes over the decade that I always have to look at their rules again. :idk:
  10. jbark

    jbark Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Michigan
    Not me.

    Bald IS beautiful, and faster through the TSA!!


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