Golf clubs as carry ons?

Old Aug 8, 07, 12:51 pm
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Golf clubs as carry ons?

A friend from work inquiried about bringing 3 different golf clubs on board with her. She is flying EWR-ORD. The 3 clubs that are needed are simply the 9 iron, PW, and putter. Given that she is just playing a pitch and putt course (just picked up the game), her entire bag is not needed.

Have you heard anything about this or people carrying various clubs on board?
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Old Aug 8, 07, 12:59 pm
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The TSA doesn't allow golf clubs to be carried onboard.

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...d-items.shtm#5

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Old Aug 8, 07, 1:01 pm
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Old Aug 8, 07, 1:17 pm
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Originally Posted by nako View Post
The TSA doesn't allow golf clubs to be carried onboard.
I figured they didnt but I just wanted to check on FT.

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This doesn't have anything to do with AA, so, let's move the read to Travel Safety and Security.

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Old Aug 8, 07, 7:08 pm
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Why is it stupid? It takes long enough to load planes without having to deal with huge items like golf bags.
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Old Aug 8, 07, 7:38 pm
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Originally Posted by jragosta View Post
Why is it stupid? It takes long enough to load planes without having to deal with huge items like golf bags.
Concur and I am a golfer.

Best plan? Call ahead to course, arrange for demo set. Most mid-to-high end courses now are offering very nice Callaway clubs as their demos ($30 on average per round).

If going to a private course/club, call the pro and they can arrange also. While playing golf in Scotland, many a pro shop just let me borrow their assitant pro's clubs for free while holding a driver's license or passport.

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Old Aug 8, 07, 10:14 pm
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Originally Posted by jragosta View Post
Why is it stupid? It takes long enough to load planes without having to deal with huge items like golf bags.
Why is that the TSA's business?
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Old Aug 9, 07, 3:00 am
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Why is that the TSA's business?
We don't enforce just our rules - indeed, many rules pertaining to prohibited items in checked bags are actually FAA rules... As is the two carry on rule.

However, in this case golf clubs are considered a prohibited item for it's potential offensive use... however, getting a good stroke in the cabin would be neigh impossible if you ask me...
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Old Aug 9, 07, 6:37 am
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Originally Posted by ralfp View Post
Why is that the TSA's business?
I suspect I could do a fair bit of serious damage waving a golf club around especially a set with really dense heads
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Old Aug 9, 07, 8:20 am
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Originally Posted by alanR View Post
I suspect I could do a fair bit of serious damage waving a golf club around especially a set with really dense heads
Fair enough, but that doesn't answer the question of why the size of the golf clubs (or any carry on, within reason, say that fits into the x-ray scanner) is the TSA's business.
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Old Aug 9, 07, 9:18 am
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TSA at ORD once let me carry on a putter that had been broken down into a few pieces - I use it in hotel rooms for practice. Comes with a ball and a nice wooden cup. They said they considered it nonfunctional since it was in pieces.

TSA at HPN got all huffy and made me check it. According to them I could have screwed the pieces together and hijacked the plane. Personally, I think that if pax had seen me screwing together a putter and trying to hijack the plane with it ("Take this plane to Cuba, or I'll sink a birdie putt!!"), they'd have probably ganged up on me and thrown me out the nearest door.
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Old Aug 9, 07, 12:31 pm
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If you look through the restrictions, TSA won't let you take most things that would make an effective bludgeon on board. No golf clubs, baseball bats, ski poles, hammers, wrenches, large flashlights, etc. There are exceptions for medically necessary items like canes and crutches.

As for ORD being lax on such things, collegues of mine and I have had similar experiences where ORD allowed tools or large flashlights in carry-on for an outbound flight, but TSOs at other airports required them to be checked on the return.
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Old Aug 9, 07, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Finite Elephant View Post
If you look through the restrictions, TSA won't let you take most things that would make an effective bludgeon on board. No golf clubs, baseball bats, ski poles, hammers, wrenches, large flashlights, etc. There are exceptions for medically necessary items like canes and crutches......
and don't phorget hockey sticks are strictly verbotten as well.
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and don't phorget hockey sticks are strictly verbotten as well.
Yeah, they are never used as weapons.
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