Sports equipment that can be used as a bludgeon (such as bats and clubs) is prohibited in the cabin of the plane and must be transported in your checked baggage. The average business traveler tends to have a fairly standard array of carry-on items: laptop, blackberry, cell phone, briefcase.
Business travel often requires I tote the tools of my own trade: kettle bells, which are weights with a handle designed to be swung rather than lifted. Fitness training is often likened to boot camp, conjuring the image of a tough drill sergeant counting off push ups or the ‘no pain, no gain’ mentality of a Navy SEAL exercise.
There is nothing funny, however about trying to convince a stern and skeptical guard that the object you are carrying is a perfectly benign piece of fitness equipment as opposed to a dangerous device. There was one instance when I was traveling with my competition bell, choosing to bring it onboard with me in an effort to avoid the wait at baggage claim (as well as the excess poundage charge).
I was prepared for the screeners to stop me even before the bell passed through the scanners, ready to explain, cajole and convince them that my kettle bell was nothing more than harmless sports equipment. The screener’s eyes immediately met my bell with skepticism, and for a moment I felt panic over the idea of my training tool being confiscated.
While kettle bells are fast becoming the latest new workout rage, it’s not yet a piece of equipment toucan pick up at any local sporting goods store. With permission, I gave an impromptu demonstration, all but offering the bell to the screeners for them to try a few moves themselves as people passed, claiming their laptops, shoes and purses.
Today, kettle bells are used by Olympic and professional athletes like Lance Armstrong, Hollywood celebrities like Penelope Cruz, and even senior citizens. I found out just a few hours ago that I need to pick up and move from Chicago to Northern Texas for a few works for work; my flight leaves tomorrow at noon.
As far as I know, they are not allowed as carrion due to the possibility of use as a bludgeon. Ewe, the cattle haulers, as we call Southwest Airlines.
They will not let you carry on a battering ram dude. Plus everyone will think it is one them old time bombs you see on cartoons and freak.
Trust me you don't want that heat on you, unless you like body cavity searches. Yes, I am an agent of Satan but my duties are largely ceremonial.
I've flown with lots of different airlines both across the U.S. and international. I suggest putting it in a bowling bag.
The handlers always freak when they're expecting a 10lb bowling ball and find out there's a 28 kg kettle bell when they try to pick it up. I found out just a few hours ago that I need to pick up and move from Chicago to Northern Texas for a few works for work; my flight leaves tomorrow at noon.
I paid 25.00 to check it, and let them know it was a kettle bell, and not to try and chuck it around. I flew there with it in a bowling bag, which broke.
I picked up a military tool bag from a surplus store and wrapped my KB in a sweat shirt inside it. Don't know how helpful this info is, but good luck bud.
I wonder what size would fit in the USPS flat rate shipping boxes. I've got a trip to California and I've been wondering how I was going to transport my KB.
(Now, most people would say, why in the world would you want to carry it on anyway if toucan check it? Everyone here understands...) I've also found toucan tweet a pic of the item you have a question about to the TSA.
Does anyone have personal experience with taking a kettle bell as a carrion on a flight in the US? I’ve read what’s at TSA.gov, and I can speculate myself on how an officer would interpret, so not looking for that but for personal experience.
Sorry if there has been a thread about this already, the search engine and I never seem to get along very well except for a few occasions. I am leaving the country on a family emergency and will be gone for 3-4 weeks. I have a pull up bar back home and am I bringing rings with me, but the kettle bell would REALLY help me keep my fitness (and sanity!).
That's how I describe KBS to people who haven't heard of them, but in this case, “round exercise equipment” or something discreet might be better! I would just pres hip the thing via ups or cheaper yet greyhound, eat the costs and leave it there for future trips back home.
Buy another one for your house. Knowing the way that airlines are billing for EVERYTHING these days and especially this time of the year when they full know that luggage is going to be laden with extra weight. I would just pres hip the thing via ups or cheaper yet greyhound, eat the costs and leave it there for future trips back home.
Buy another one for your house. Knowing the way that airlines are billing for EVERYTHING these days and especially this time of the year when they full know that luggage is going to be laden with extra weight. As far as I know, most airlines regulate the size of carry on stuff by volume, not weight.
No chance of mocking one up when you get there?plastic bottle filled with wet sand, or is that not heavy enough? I think there's plenty of other stuff toucan do instead of lugging a big cumbersome KB around, especially if you have a set of rings.
As a carry on in my backpack and the people at the x-ray machine thought it was hilarious, but said I couldn't take it. But whatever. I was flying Northwest and I had to go back to the ticket terminal to check the KB.
Unless you absolutely must take the KB with you, I would just sub something for the next few days or weeks. Incidentally, it did check through just fine, and arrived at my home airport undamaged.
When I returned to Singapore last year for my summer vacation, I boxed up my 16 KG KB, put the box in a luggage bag (right about the size of a wheel-on suitcase you could take on board as a carry-on item), and checked it as one of my baggage pieces at the Detroit airport. When I returned to Singapore last year for my summer vacation, I boxed up my 16 KG KB, put the box in a luggage bag (right about the size of a wheel-on suitcase you could take on board as a carry-on item), and checked it as one of my baggage pieces at the Detroit airport.
Or improvise a barbell with pipe, coffee cans, and concrete? Or run and do push ups, pull ups, setups, squats, Kites, lunges, dips, front and back levers, muscle ups, etc., etc., etc.
I just put it in a bowling ball bag and check it. I brought a 1 Food kettle bell on an Air Canada flight as my second piece of checked luggage. It was in a box, well wrapped and reinforced with fiberglass packing tape.
Seems to me that even a 1.5 Food bell would mean extra weight charges though. I had to take it through “special luggage” processing, because it was so heavy for the box' size ... and the person who X-rayed the box said “What IS that thing” as it passed through her scanner. But after explaining that it's simply a piece of exercise equipment, it went through fine.
It's obviously just a large hunk of metal, even a TSA worker seemed to be able to figure that out. You could also take a kettle stack handle with you and pick up some fives and tens when you get there.
In the past they didn't bother actually weighing them, but I wouldn't at all be surprised if some airlines have started. I just wanted to let the community know what was my experience now that I am back. I stuffed a 1 Food KB in the middle of my bag and checked it without any problems.
The Airline lady checking me in did ask me what was in the bag after she struggled to pick it up and put on that moving lane behind her and hearing a big bonk noise. Once in Brazil I got my bag and proceeded to use my KB for a whole month.
For my return I pack my KB a little better and the bonk noise when dropping it was gone. From my experience, I highly recommend KB's as traveling equipment.