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Traveling with dive gear. On Plane
mattout142 - 12/15/2017 5:49 PM
Category: Travel
Replies: 10

Anyone travel recently with dive gear on a plane..Any issues or tips?
Main concerns of mine are bring a dive knife (in checked luggage) yay or na
batteries? (in check luggage.)
I plan on bring my go pro, dive computer, and regs, mask with me on the plane?
What about dive lights?

Traveling to Nassau the end of January.(Blackbeard)
ram04769 - 12/15/2017 6:21 PM
Hi Matt. I brought all of my equipment with me as checked luggage the last time I went down to Florida with no troubles. My knife was no problem and the main recommendation for batteries is that they are not loose. They’re worried about the batteries moving around and touching creating shorts and overheating, etc. I left them in my flashlights, camera, etc and any spares I had were in hard plastic battery cases. I can’t say anything about bringing the dive computer and regs as carryon, they may simply ask their purpose and let you be on your way. Other than that, my dive camera was part of my carryon as well and no trouble.
FtMyersTom - 12/15/2017 7:24 PM
I have made some adjustments with smaller fins and a 1 mil top for summer trips and everything fits in a carry on including fins/reg/octo/compter/mask and iPad for logging, that was the goal, no check in. Of course no dive knife in carry on but I don’t carry one diving anyway, never could figure out why I had one. I thought if I would stick a shark it would just piss it off and if I got caught up in a trawling net I would end up on a chinese dinner table. So between my wife(she takes her snorkel gear), myself and 2 carry ons and personal bag each we are self sufficient for 2 weeks. With our timeshare villas we have a washer/dryer and since our trips are to the Caribbean islands in summer we don’t take much cloths anyway, with boat shoes and flip flops for the feet. After all the years of doing this we have perfected our go......
Smithsgold - 12/15/2017 9:53 PM
I always bring my dive computer, and regs, mask with me in my carry on and my dive light too !!!
LatitudeAdjustment - 12/16/2017 6:14 AM
Well you can’t take a dive knife on a cruise ship either :(
Returning from a day of diving in Greece we had to go thru their version of TSA, same line but agents with less humor and poorer English.
We were taken into a room, asked to unpack the dive bag and show them "any other weapons I had", a line cutter is okay! And BTW, Greek wrecks are covered with 2000 years of fishing lines and nets!
I repacked the divebag, was thrown into the back of a police car and driven out the long dock to the ship where the police showed ship security my "weapon". The Master-at-arms smiled, said yes he is a diver and handed me my knife back.
So if you want to avoid the long walk out the pier with the 50 pound divebag pack a knife but your results may vary.

Make sure everything you pack with batteries is turned off, maybe a little duct tape over the switches so they don’t overheat in your bag. Cannister style dive lights with those batteries and cable make TSA X-ray viewers very nervious :( You will get more personnel attention!
FtMyersTom - 12/16/2017 8:56 AM
BTW....bought the Mares Cruise Captain for carry on and it’s fantastic. A bit expensive but with check in savings doesn’t take long to recoup cost in saved fees. There is a whole line of Mares bags. We don’t do cruise ships and I can say with certainty I won’t be in Greece ;-)

We kinda changed or home timeshare island from Curacao to Grand Cayman and we changed home airports from Miami to Tampa. Cayman Airways services Tampa as well and they offer 2 free checked bags and all the free rum punch you can drink!
mattout142 - 12/16/2017 3:46 PM
BTW I won’t be on a cruise. It Blackbeards charters. Thanks for the tips so far!
AMoore67 - 12/16/2017 7:25 PM
I just returned from Jamaica on Thursday 14 December and took everything except a dive knife in a carry on with zero issues.
piratediver75 - 12/16/2017 9:10 PM
Interesting enough I just did 10 days in Kona. My carry on bag included 2 sets of regs, dive light with batteries, 2 computers, save a dive kit, mask, 14lbs of hard lead and my 19 cu ft pony bottle (valve removed per tsa rules). Not a single problem on at tsa checkpoints at either PDX or Kona.
daz88 - 12/17/2017 8:19 PM
only time I’ve ever had an issue carrying dive gear on the plane was in Panama (Air Panama). They won’t let you carry any dive gear on the plane. Not really sure why, maybe they just want to charge you for the added weight in your luggage. The only thing dive related I was able to take as "carry on" was camera equipment
FtMyersTom - 12/19/2017 11:29 AM
I also bought the hammerhead 1mil long sleeve rash guard w/hood to use during summer diving and Aqua Lung HotShot travel fins. Fins are 20inch and just over 3lb. I used the new stuff for 2 weeks in GC last summer and loved it. Sure is great to not sweat to death getting geared up in the summer sun in the tropics. If I’m down in the keys wreck diving I still use my old stuff but I drive there.

I find it interesting TSA wouldn’t have a problem carrying on lead. I assume the "valve off" rule is to show pony bottle is empty? I have 12lb of the shot type weight but I don’t take it on flights, even check in. I figure since I pay for tanks and weights I’ll use theirs.

Since my carry on is packed very fool TSA is not satisfied with xray and I have to open it for inspection.