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The carry-on rule of thumb...
Posted by AlaskanAuthor on Aug 10 2004
Most major carriers permit the passenger to check two bags and carry on board two items. Those items carried on board must either fit under the seat or in the bins above you.
I always carry my rods unwrapped and bundled together. (so as to look non-threatening and not as a parcel) But I have observed them in tubes carried by the fly-guys with no problems.
I think you'll have little difficulty with a sectional hand carry on board.
And by the way, I check my fly rod sectionals in a tube, inside my cargo bag, along with my cooler, and along with my waders. The more you can bundle into each of those two 50 lb checked articles, the easier it is on you. (the other checked bag is my personal gear)
I usually save my carry-ons for my shoulder cooler (personal essentials) and my back pack. (crammed with reels and heavy items) Plus, I always carry my spinning rods bundled together. Yeah, I know, that's three carry-ons.
What is best to share with you is that this system has been accepted and unchallenged since 1988. If my experiences assist you, feel free to use them.
Best of good trips to you!
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