June 08, 2022

Warning to Traveling Laser Sailors

by Doug

On my return trip from the Master Worlds in Mexico, I had problems with the Puerto Vallarta airport security. They would not accept my tiller as carry-on luggage. By the time I got back to check it as luggage, they were no longer accepting luggage. The supervisor was blunt – my options were throwing it away or missing the flight.

I considered taking it to lost-and-found with the hope of having someone else pick it up for me, but then I saw Ernesto Rodriguez (USA) checking in for his flight to Miami. He would have had the same problem, so I asked if he would tape our two tillers together and check them as baggage so that he can ship mine to Dallas … thank you, Ernesto!

So be warned. Wonder if the ILCA can get some sort of pre-clearance with a travel document we could use that ensures that others do not have this problem in the future.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Doug, I've had this issue on numerous occasions as they seemed suspicious of it, especially as it was carbon, in two parts and packed into a fishing rod transport tube. It was solved when I labelled it as sporting equipment. I also took a picture of the tiller on my Laser and showed it to the check in staff. They were satisfied after that and let me take it as carry-on luggage. On other occasions, they insisted it had to be checked in, but that was OK because of the protective tube. I trust you had an enjoyable regatta! Cheers, Oztayls

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