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Artsewer  Friend of PR
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Date: 1/28/13 11:32 AM

I have a travel machine wt is 18lbs alone, with the rolling tote its more like 25 plus all the other stuff maybe 28.
Do you check your machine in? How do travel with it on a plane?
Is it your carry on and can it be stowed in the compartment or is it too large?

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Date: 1/28/13 11:45 AM

Can you lift it over your head?

Have you checked with the airline?

Some carry- on and some ship.

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Date: 1/28/13 11:50 AM

measure the case to see if it will fit; all the airlines have guidance on their websites about the acceptable size of carry-ons. For a carry-on, the weight isn't as critical as the size, except of course it has to be lifted to be put in the compartment..

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Date: 1/28/13 12:09 PM

If I had to check it I would pack it as if it were being shipped. I have seen how baggage gets tossed around (remember the Samsonite commercials where the baggage handler was a gorilla?). In Houston there is a steep conveyor the bags come down and land on the baggage claim conveyor. It is very steep and bags that don't lay flat often tumble end for end on the way down


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Date: 1/28/13 6:04 PM

I flew with a Singer 206, probably weighs at least as much as yours, in a standard wheeled carry-on bag. I just packed it in the center of the bag and stuffed my clothes all around it, ensuring the machine couldn't shift around. I consider the machine irreplaceable and wouldn't trust the tender ministrations of the baggage handlers for check-in luggage. I felt a lot better knowing I'd be the only one handling the bag.

Just be aware that you'll want to pack it in such a way that you can also quickly re-pack it, at the security gate; if my trip was any indication, once they see the machine on the X-ray, they're going to demand you open the bag so they can take a closer look and be sure it's not some type of weapon. It didn't take me too long to get the bag back together, maybe a couple of minutes, so I made my flight fine.
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