Re: TSA reels and flies

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Posted by Cpalms on 2013-10-28 17:06:43 in reply to Re: TSA reels and flies posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-10-28 11:59:01

Agreed - I fly 100,000 miles a year and maybe once a decade a bag doesnt make it. If it doesn't (again a rarity) it will arrive on the next flight. I have never had anything stolen from my bags - however I don't think that would be the case if I traveled with fancy luggage (Simms, Sage, etc branded luggage) - fancy luggage screams "steal from me. i'm rich!".

I believe 90% of the luggage that gets "lost" happens right when you hand your bag over. In most airports, once your bags get in the system you are good to go. However, If your bag just sits there waiting for a handler to throw it on the conveyor belt, it can easily get "lost". I stand there until I see it go down the shoot - 100% always. Keep you wits about you - If you see a giant pile of bags waiting to get screened or put on the belt - alarm bells should be going off in your head.

If I'm going to the bahamas bonefishing say - I carry on my meds, one rod, reel, fishing shirt, shorts, buff, hat, flip flops, sunglasses and sunblock. That plus what I am wearing and I'm good to go if anything doesnt make it. And I check the rest. If you carry something sharp (flies, pliers, etc) you are asking for trouble. Inevitably when you get to your lodge, their will be some guy there with a suitcase full of flys all to willing to lend you some in your time of need should yours not get there. Never underestimate the kindness of flyfisherman.

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