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Old May 19, 17, 7:52 pm   #1
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Prints in cardboard tube

I will be bringing some art prints rolled in a cardboard tube, less than three feet long. Looking at about 4" or so in diameter. Will this be an issue on a TATL LHR-ATL in C+? They would get totally destroyed if checked in and won't fit in my carryon. These are for gifts. They can't be sent by post and I don't want to send the FedEx. I will have one small duffel bag to checkin with food stuff that can't be carried aboard, but I'm afraid the tube would get smashed.

I know I can order online, but I need to see them up close and not every print is sold online. Plus, who knows what I'll find at a local market?

I'm surprising my BF with prints of Spitfires and a Lancaster. Also some reprints of WWI and WWII posters for myself.

For the food stuff, I'll have bubble wrap. I used bubble wrap last trip and nothing broke.

All suggestions are welcome.
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Old May 19, 17, 8:11 pm   #2
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I've carried tubes w posters/prints on a number of domestic flights w/o issue; I'm a window seat addict, so it was a simple matter to put the tube "under" the seat in front of me but actually against the side wall (extending half way past my seat)

bubble-wrapped beverage items (wine, Scotch, Spanish olive oil, etc) further wrapped in a sweater or jacket in a checked bag survived our last two TATLs
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Old May 19, 17, 8:15 pm   #3
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I've carried tubes w posters/prints on a number of domestic flights w/o issue; I'm a window seat addict, so it was a simple matter to put the tube "under" the seat in front of me but actually against the side wall (extending half way past my seat)

bubble-wrapped beverage items (wine, Scotch, Spanish olive oil, etc) further wrapped in a sweater or jacket in a checked bag survived our last two TATLs
Window seat addict here as well, plus I'm in the first row of C+. Thanks for the idea.
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Old May 20, 17, 8:19 am   #4
  
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It should fit in the overhead bin. If the FA sees it on the floor in front of the bulkhead you'll have to put it overhead.
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Conference attendee's carry poster tubes on board all the time. They fit in the overhead easily. Sometimes the FA will let you put them in the coat closet. Just put the tube in the overhead so it can be seen or wait until others have loaded their stuff then put it in.
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Old May 20, 17, 8:59 am   #6
  
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I've seen a pax ask the FA if they can put a misshapen fragile thing in the closet because it didn't fit in the overhead bin, so I doubt they would have a problem with a poster tube.

Granted, a poster tube would fit in the overhead bin.
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Old May 20, 17, 10:44 am   #8
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It should fit in the overhead bin. If the FA sees it on the floor in front of the bulkhead you'll have to put it overhead.
on the floor along the side wall beside my seat -- never been an issue
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Old May 20, 17, 10:56 am   #9
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Thanks guys for your great suggestions.
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OP... put the prints in a guitar case. Airline policies require that the co-pilot must give up his/her seat if necessary to make room for a guitar case.

Seriously... I frequently see folks bringing on items such as yours, and I have never seen a problem.
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The item counts as your one carryon item if you put it in the overhead bin. Just ensure that it doesn't exceed 45 inches L+W+H.
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Incidentally I've checked-in the strong tubes on numerous international flights (with A2 plans) as fragile items and never had an issue.
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AND -

1 - Do not carry it such that is swinging around hitting people. If held close and upright, it is barely noticeable.

2 - Don't ask. Somebody having a bad day can easily give what they consider the safest and best answer - NO.

LOL!
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Old May 20, 17, 2:53 pm   #14
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AND -

1 - Do not carry it such that is swinging around hitting people. If held close and upright, it is barely noticeable.

2 - Don't ask. Somebody having a bad day can easily give what they consider the safest and best answer - NO.

LOL!
I can put it down my pants.
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