TSA Issues - Rod Case

Discussion in 'Tackle and Rigging' started by BretABaker, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    Last night when I went to pack my rods into my Plano Jumbo Airliner case - I noticed that TSA had removed the pin that sets the length of the case :eek: :mad:

    So, what we did as a temporary fix (since I called Continental and they said I had to file a complaint at IAH with the baggage dept) was to put a zip tie through the hole and just somehow try to figure out another fix once I got back to Houston.

    Well, after approx 16 hours, I finally got in to Houston (another story) only to find TSA had cut the zip tie :eek: :mad: . So more or less this means the case isn't at a set length, and the rods could easily be crushed. Luckily, none were upon quick inspection, though I still need to carefully look at them.

    I am going to call TSA tomorrow and complain and ask what I SHOULD do since apparently this didn't work. I just wanted to let everyone know so definitely watch out next time. Once I talk to TSA tomorrow I will let everyone know.

    This wasn't an international flight or anything - just Houston and Philly and back.
  2. masonboro

    masonboro Senior Member

    That's Scary and would get me pissed off!

  3. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    yeah - i'm not going to be very cordial to TSA tomorrow...
  4. ksong

    ksong SPONSOR

    They sometimes check the inside of the rod case. If they can not open it, I suspect they break it because I saw some of my friends' rod cases were broken. That is why I don't lock the hinged opening on the top of my rod case and I just put tapes around.
  5. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    Yeah I could understand if they just wanted to open it - but the top easily comes off without any lock. I think maybe they thought this was a lock to open to case?

    They also opened my other bag with a few lures and leaders in it. Luckily, they didn't seem to have much interest in taking those :)
  6. jureal

    jureal Senior Member

    bolt them down...use several on different holes.
  7. peterk814

    peterk814 Senior Member

    what kinda case are yu using bret?
  8. d-a

    d-a Senior Member

    bolt them down...use several on different holes.

    And only give them one TSA approved lock and paint the lock area orange so they see it. Or do the MR bill fix and rivet it together

  9. DanS

    DanS Senior Member

    "Open this end to check contents...dumb ass -->" :rolleyes:
  10. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    it was the plano jumbo airliner case.
  11. jt2hunt

    jt2hunt Senior Member

  12. ichibahn

    ichibahn ** Pak Lurah **

    "Open this end to check contents...dumb ass -->" :rolleyes:
    I like DanS idea :)

    BFTMASTER Senior Member

    Unfortunately TSA employees are trained to think that these things are 7 foot long pipe bombs, like a simple x-ray could'nt tell them it's just fishing equipment. Every time I fly with rods, it appears that they have been opened and examined multiple times, which sucks cause I usually have them in an order where the Eyelets do not match up.

    Now, when I fly somewhere, I ship my rods two weeks before to the hotel or villa that I will be staying. This way you can track your gear online. Works in Caribbean, but don't know about Central America, things are different there. Someone might steal your stuff before it gets to where it's going.
  14. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    i looked into shipping, but it was too costly and too risky IMO.
  15. Jrzrider83

    Jrzrider83 Senior Member

    to prevent my rods getting crushed in this situation i put a wooden dowel in the case along with the rods that was 2 or 3 inches longer than my longest rod. a piece of pvc should also do the trick.
  16. Backlash Scott

    Backlash Scott Member

    Bret, I've had the same problem.What has worked for me is using a small zip tie, trimming off the excess after you cinch it tight, then wrapping duct tape around that area. It's no longer visible & doesn't get cut off.Good luck.
    Backlash Scott
  17. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    jrzrider/scott - thanks for those suggestions. i think i will definitely try to get a 6' dowel to prevent them from crushing. great idea.

    scott - if TSA gives me no good advice then I'll definitely try this as well.

  18. gman

    gman Senior Member

    get a car mate case or a nature boys case
  19. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    if i remember correctly - they don't extend very long. i think it was 5'8"?
  20. gman

    gman Senior Member

    my case hold 8'8 popping rods with room