Inner tubes in plane hand luggage?

millsey_awm
millsey_awm Posts: 54
edited June 2013 in Road general
Hi folks,

Does anyone know if folding tyres and spare inner tubes can be taken in hand luggage onboard an aircraft?

My initial guess was to think 'no' as it could possibly be used as a restraint. But not sure.

Cheers

Comments

  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,383
    pffffffft

    I seriously doubt it says anywhere -I mean one could just use a tie - cant they go in the hold bag (if you re taking one)
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
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  • cornerblock
    cornerblock Posts: 3,228
    :shock: Kinky bugger!
  • crispybug2
    crispybug2 Posts: 2,915
    Presumably you're taking your bike in a bag/case to be put in the hold.


    Why would you not just put tyres and tubes in the bike bag??
  • vortice
    vortice Posts: 244
    Hi folks,

    Does anyone know if folding tyres and spare inner tubes can be taken in hand luggage onboard an aircraft?

    My initial guess was to think 'no' as it could possibly be used as a restraint. But not sure.

    Cheers

    Yes you can.
  • pilot_pete
    pilot_pete Posts: 2,120
    There is no regulation that prevents them from being carried in hand luggage. However, each airport has its own particular breed of security goon and if they see anything unusual they will usually flag it for further inspection and then come it with some waffle why you can't take it. A tyre would probably be ok, but they just may say that the valve on an inner tube resembles a sharp pointed object and therefore cannot be allowed in hand luggage. You can argue all you want about the futility of such a comment, but you will get nowhere. Take it from me, who endures this on a daily basis as staff. I can't carry 101ml of toothpaste, but we have a fire axe within arms reach on the flight deck.... :roll: plus of course, why would I need to smuggle a weapon on board to use to take control of the aeroplane, when I already have control of the aeroplane...... :cry:

    If you do get into such an un-winnable argument you risk having to leave your tubes behind. If they are real cheapie s then possibly worth the chance. If they are expensive ones then probably not. If you can put them in your hold baggage then that is best. Be careful carrying extra stuff in bike boxes for two reasons - weight limits (usually a hard shell box and a bike hits the limit) and the 'small print' on the conditions of carriage with the airline yo are booked on. Many these days use the small print to catch you out and charge extra at check-in. Often the small print says nothing extra is allowed in with booked sports goods, such as packed clothing etc in a bike box as many would avoid booking a hold bag and just use the box. However. A few pare inner tubes would probably get by no problem, but you can't guarantee it. The, err hem, 'cheap headline price' low cost operators are the ones that usually show little leeway with regards to small print and enforce additional fees where they can to increase revenue.

    Have a good trip.

    PP
  • dowtcha
    dowtcha Posts: 442
    Can't wait to see the summer holiday photos of you and your spare tube, please provide facebook link when you return.
  • term1te
    term1te Posts: 1,462
    I took a couple of bicycle chains hand luggage from Heathrow to Switzerland a couple of years back. I asked nicely at the BA desk if it was OK. They didn't know, so phoned their supervisor, who also didn't know and put us through to the security man at the X ray machine. We walked past the very long security queue to speak with the supervisor. He didn't know either, so X -rayed them. He agreed they were bicycle chains and as my bag had now been inspected, I was let through. So a good way to jump the security queue, and to get cheaper bicycle chains, they cost a fortune in Switzerland. I also accidently left a folding bicycle multi-tool in a bag, which was picked up by the X-ray machine as it looked just like a pocket knife. My bag was searched, but they were quite happy for me to take it on the flight once they'd seen what it was. I can't see may security desks letting that though, so it depends who you get I guess.
  • ariba
    ariba Posts: 48
    I got through airport security with a bike multi-tool once. They had to scan the bag 3 or four times 'cos I couldn't find it in the bag. When I said it was my commuting bag there was a bit of a discussion with a supervisor, and then they let me through (Stansted).

    It was more annoying getting a leatherman-mini (muiti-tool with knife blade) confiscated. Not impressed with security as the original security check for the previous flight had completely missed it! It was a present also .. :(
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  • Hi folks,

    I already have a bike over in Portugal, and am just wanting to take a few spares. Like 2 tyres and 5 inner tubes!!

    Flying with Ryanair so I'm not sure if its worth the hassle of putting it in hand luggage. I wasn't planning on taking a hold case, so thats why I put the question out there.

    I had a roll of clingfilm refused once. Claimed it could be used as a restraint!
  • pilot_pete
    pilot_pete Posts: 2,120
    Hi folks,

    I already have a bike over in Portugal, and am just wanting to take a few spares. Like 2 tyres and 5 inner tubes!!

    Flying with Ryanair so I'm not sure if its worth the hassle of putting it in hand luggage. I wasn't planning on taking a hold case, so thats why I put the question out there.

    I had a roll of clingfilm refused once. Claimed it could be used as a restraint!

    And this is the problem. There are set guidelines from the DFT which all UK airports must abide by and obvious items like knives, guns etc are on the banned list. Trouble is you can't list every possible item, so then each security department make it up as they go along. Some use common sense, but most don't. As for getting chains through, well that is surprising as they clearly could make an effective weapon...

    A 60mm valve on an inner tube could also make an effective weapon and may well be refused, it all depends on who is inspecting. Obviously some are jobs worthy and refuse just about anything and others don't really give a toss unless they are being assessed b their boss or the DFT. :roll:

    If I were you I'd be more worried about your choice of airline... :wink:

    PP