One of the most common questions among tennis players traveling with their equipment is whether or not they can carry rackets on the plane.
If you are flying for a vacation, you may want to carry your tennis racket as most hotels have tennis courts and some even offer coaching and practice for kids and adults. Anybody serious about the sport would like to use their own tennis racket for comfort.
In this post, let us try to understand whether tennis rackets are allowed on airplanes and the policies and considerations associated with carrying rackets on the flight.
Can You Fly With Tennis Rackets?
The simple answer to this question is YES. If you travel by airplane, carrying a tennis racket with you is fine according to the law. The guideline from the TSA in the US and the government website in the UK suggests that tennis rackets can be taken to the plane cabin as hand luggage. They can also be checked in and carried in the suitcase.
All the equivalent agencies around the world allow tennis rackets as carry-on items. However, these rules say that the final decision of allowing such items rests with the officer at the checkpoint. Despite the guidance from official agencies, individual airlines follow their own policies on what items are allowed and the restrictions about size and weight.
Can a tennis racquet be taken on a flight as hand luggage? The answer is no because they exceed the maximum size restrictions that airlines have for suitcases. Even when traveling alone and without any accessories such as clothing or other sports equipment it would still cause problems with fit into overhead compartments in airplanes due to its lengthy height which may extend beyond normal limits of acceptability by airline staff who will then refuse transportation altogether!
Problems Carrying Rackets on Planes
The biggest problem is that most airline policies don’t refer to tennis rackets specifically, not even in the sporting goods section. Though carrying rackets as carry-on seems to be fine, a major concern is the length of the racket permitted.
Most tennis rackets used in professional sport today are 27 inches in length which are more than the permissible carry-on luggage dimensions.
You may observe that airlines and personnel at the airport are often inconsistent with their decision of allowing rackets on the plane.
Another problem that might occur when trying to carry rackets on planes is that associated with full flights.
If you cannot board the flight early, you risk finding no space in the overhead bins to place your rackets. It is not possible to keep them under the front seat like your backpack.
When the plane is bigger, this may not be a problem; but shorter flights with small planes can make it tricky.
Checking the Rackets
Sometimes, your check-in agent might single you out and ask to check in your baggage. This can happen even when your luggage fits the weight and size criteria specified by the airline.
If a flight is full, check-in agents often target big pieces of hand luggage to be placed in the hold. So, trying to carry a tennis racket as hand luggage is risky, even if the airline policy allows it.
At other times, you may want to avoid attempting to carry the rackets and decide the check them. In both these cases, it is important to pay attention to a few things to keep your rackets safe from damage during handling.
Make sure you wrap them individually using bubble wrap or similar protective material to protect them if using a soft bag.
Another consideration is that extreme temperature changes can alter your racket’s string tension, so you may find your setup different when you play next time.
The best strategy is to carry the tennis rackets as cabin baggage but save some space in the suitcase to be prepared for the worst scenario – if it gets in the hold. Make sure you bring some bubble wrap along to wrap the rackets before putting them in the suitcase.
Major Airline Policies For Carrying Tennis Rackets
Most airlines have no specific mention of tennis rackets in their policies. This means you should consider the carry-on luggage rules for the airline before traveling with tennis rackets.
Here is an overview of current luggage policies for major airlines and the policy on carrying tennis rackets.
|Airline||Hand Luggage Weight Allowed||Hand Luggage Dimensions Allowed||Are Tennis Rackets Allowed?|
|Air Canada||Not Specified||55 x 40 x 23 cm||Yes|
|Aeroflot||10 kg||55 x 40 x 25 cm||Yes|
|American Airlines||Not Specified||56 x 36 x 23 cm||No|
|Air France||12 kg||55 x 35 x 25 cm||Unclear|
|British Airways||23 kg||56 x 45 x 25 cm||No|
|Delta Airlines||Not Specified||56 x 35 x 25 cm||Yes|
|Emirates||Not Specified||55 x 38 x 20 cm||No|
|Easy Jet||Not Specified||56 x 45 x 24 cm||No|
|Lufthansa||Not Specified||55 x 40 x 23 cm||No|
|Ryanair||10 kg||55 x 40 x 20 cm||No|
|Singapore Airlines||7 kg||Sum of length, width, height should be less than 115cm||No|
|Turkish Airlines||8 kg||55 x 40 x 23 cm||Yes, in a special bag|
|United Airlines||Not Specified||56 x 35 x 22 cm||Yes|
|Virginie Atlantic||10 kg||56 x 36 x 23 cm||No|
Packing Tennis Rackets For a Flight
As you have seen, carrying tennis rackets on airplanes can be complicated, so it is important to be prepared before you arrive at the airport.
The final decision depends on the airline and airport security personnel and there is no universal rule that guides taking rackets on a flight.
So, make sure you check the type of airplane you will be flying and know how big the overhead bins are. Also, check whether you have a short or long plane to avoid facing problems storing the racket.
If you decide to carry your tennis rackets as cabin luggage, take measures to ensure they are safe and protected against any risk of damage.
Check the dimensions of your tennis bag and the permitted dimensions for the airline. Tennis bags are often too large to be allowed as carry-ons, particularly if you want to travel with multiple rackets.
A padded backpack that meets the size limitations is a good choice.
It is a good idea to get your rackets checked if you are carrying many of them. In that case, pack them in a hard suitcase and wrap them individually in bubble wrap.
Pack soft items like clothes around the rackets. If you are using a soft bag, don’t forget to bubble wrap to keep them protected during the hold.
Other restrictions on what you can have on flight
What you can and cannot take with you on a flight is extremely restricted. You’re not only limited to the items listed above but also anything that may create an unsafe environment for passengers or crew members such as sharp objects or alcohol–even if these are liquids.
What to do if you lose your racket in the flight
If you lose your tennis racket on the plane, make sure to have all of this information available: flight details (date/time), a list of damaged or lost items.
You’ll also need copies for yourself and any passengers who may be inconvenienced by not being able to travel with certain equipment on their journey as well as how much they cost because it was replaced due to an unfortunate circumstance like losing one’s luggage while traveling through customs at the destination.
Once submitted claims are processed quickly if proactive pursuit from the airline is exercised which involves following up until resolution has been reached.
Related on-plane regulations
All airlines have restrictions on cabin/hand luggage. These rules are in place for the safety of an aircraft and so that each passenger gets allocated space reserved just for their hand-luggage items, without which they would be uncomfortable during flights due to lack of adequate personal storage spaces at airports or terminals where one’s baggage needs screening before boarding any flight into a particular country.
The size restriction is because all loose hand luggage must be stored in the overhead compartments provided during takeoff, landing, and turbulence. The situation that could result with bags etc being thrown around cabin could injure somebody so they have a limit on how big your bag can get before it’s not fit for travel anymore
Airlines will never let you fly if your carry-on baggage exceeds certain dimensions or weight limits set by law.
The weight restriction is in place so that the aircraft isn’t overburdened and can put it out of balance during flight. Being overweight also results in burning more fuel than anticipated for trips, which may result in diversions before going on long flights!
Aircraft have strict limits with regards to how much they’re allowed to take onboard based upon their size; this rule helps avoid unpowered cargo being heavier than necessary when flying due to airplane stability or risk crashing mid-air if things became too compromised by extra weight (i..e., baggage).
The good news is that you can still take your tennis racquet with you on an airplane. The bad? Airlines are being increasingly cautious about what they allow in hand luggage, especially anything deemed dangerous or potentially used as weapon-like objects like baseball bats or hockey sticks!
One of these is regarding dangerous items that can be taken onboard a flight with you in hand luggage such as sports racquets due their size restrictions which may make them easy weapons should anyone misuse it by accident or purposeful intent.
Always use checked baggage to carry a tennis racket
Checked luggage is your only option when traveling by air. It’s much easier to carry and there are fewer restrictions than with checked baggage on other modes of transport such as buses or trains, but it still may not be allowed depending on where you’re going!
You can take up 20kgs in excess if needed though- just make sure that the airline will allow this before purchase, paying more likely isn’t worth saving cents per pound due to oversized items like tennis racquets…
Did you know that the maximum size dimensions for checked-in luggage vary a lot more than it does from airline to airline? Some, such as Delta Air Lines allow travelers to pack anything they want while others have strict limits.
To avoid any problems make sure your bag is within these guidelines by checking with both their website and customer service before going on a trip!
If you pack your racquets in a more compact, smaller carrier and store them with the rest of your gear rather than packing it all separately, then when traveling abroad for an event or just on vacation this will be much easier.
Your tennis shoes can go into one suitcase while balls are stored neatly inside another case which may have been designed specifically to hold only these items – leaving space elsewhere.
How to pack your tennis racket right so it won’t get damaged
Unfortunately, we have come too far in this game of sport and competition. Nowadays when you fly with one of the big airlines (and let’s face it – who doesn’t?)-your rackets are likely going through a lot during transport from origin all way back home again!
But don’t worry: there’s still hope for those racquets that want their best chance at coming out alive unbroken by luggage handlers or weather conditions at high elevations where most flights operate these days.
Here is what needs doing before packing up…
Store your racquets well to avoid dings, scratches, and scuffs.
A full-length cover is perfect for long-lasting protection from damage that can lead to a racket’s wear-and-tear issues like cracks or breaks in the frame or the string fibers.
Make sure to pack your racquet with care. If you don’t have the original case, use bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts in an effort at protection for each of them while traveling!
This will keep it cushioned during transit and reduce impact damage too should they bump against anything hard inside their luggage compartment.
What else can’t you carry on hand on a plane?
Sports equipment, sharp objects, and alcohol will have to be checked. You can bring your possession if it’s a small bottle for personal use but make sure it’s closed securely so that no leaks occur when thrown on top of other baggage during travel
The prohibition against carrying flammable materials extends beyond the liquids listed above-it also includes lighter fluid -even though these things may seem unrelated!
But this rule has been put into place as North American airports screen passengers more closely than European ones do (due largely due to security concerns).
So, trying to carry tennis rackets on planes can be risky even if your airline permits it.
What you expect depends on several factors including how full the flight is, the size of the plane, the mood of the check-in agent, and more. The best bet is to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Consider bringing your tennis rackets as a carry-on and be prepared to pack them in the suitcase if they need to get checked. Bring along some packing material to keep them safe in case you are forced to transfer them to your luggage.