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TSA not allowing cues on planes? - 05-12-2020, 08:55 AM

So in a hypothetical world where I become a pro pool player. I probably would not fly to places because the TSA will not allow me to fly with a pool cue in the cabin. It would have to be checked in with my luggage. Does anyone else have problems with this? Maybe I should stick to bowling. I can bring my bowling ball on a plane. Anywho thoughts.

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05-12-2020, 09:24 AM

I would think you could have a private jet once you hit it big...so carry on.
  
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05-12-2020, 09:29 AM

It irritates me to no end that cues cannot be brought on planes.
  
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05-12-2020, 09:34 AM

I think the prevalent guidance is to check your cues. Place your cues in a hard case and nest that case in softer luggage like a duffle bag to conceal the fact that you’re transporting items of value.


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05-12-2020, 09:35 AM

That’s been the policy for years. I refuse to check in my SW when I go to Vegas. I take a back up cue.


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05-12-2020, 09:37 AM

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So in a hypothetical world where I become a pro pool player. I probably would not fly to places because the TSA will not allow me to fly with a pool cue in the cabin. It would have to be checked in with my luggage. Does anyone else have problems with this? Maybe I should stick to bowling. I can bring my bowling ball on a plane. Anywho thoughts.

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This is far from new. I haven't traveled playing in quite a few years but. I had a nice cue I could play with that I didn't worry about putting in with luggage just for flying. To be honest I thought this had changed some time back as it relates to pool cues. 911 changed everything. Years ago I was traveling and was sitting next to a guy with a whose carry on was a display case full of knives. He was coming back from a show.
How things have changed.
Actually I began playing full time with my travel cue. It was a cheap SP that played better then cues I had that cost 10 x as much.
  
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05-12-2020, 09:40 AM

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I think the prevalent guidance is to check your cues. Place your cues in a hard case and nest that case in softer luggage like a duffle bag to conceal the fact that you’re transporting items of value.


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05-12-2020, 09:45 AM

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So in a hypothetical world where I become a pro pool player. I probably would not fly to places because the TSA will not allow me to fly with a pool cue in the cabin. It would have to be checked in with my luggage. Does anyone else have problems with this? Maybe I should stick to bowling. I can bring my bowling ball on a plane. Anywho thoughts.

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No big deal, just use a house cue when you get there.
  
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05-12-2020, 10:02 AM

No problem. Just tuck an Airsoft replica 1911 into your belt before going through the TSA checkpoint. By the time the confusion clears and they give you your clothes back the cue will be waiting for you at the other end of the screening station. Apparently, most TSA employees are only able to handle one thing at a time.
  
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05-12-2020, 10:12 AM

I am sure that airplane traveling pros have a system down for how they transport their expensive cues. perhaps many just sent it ahead to a trusted receiver using an insured mailing system - perhaps Fed Ex overnight etc.

Most infrequent air travelers who own expensive customs but want a cue for their final temporary destination are using back up less expensive cues that are placed in inexpensive back up cue cases inside larger checked bags. I have used this route without problems.

I would not do this with the more expensive customs; if I HAD to have one with me; i would ship it ahead to a trusted receiver via Fed Ex or insured priority mail. Nothing that leaves your hands is ever truly guaranteed to arrive - but you can take proper sensible caution.

Not allowing billiard cues on an airplane is a perfect example of government being the worst solution for most problems or situations in our lives. Did someone in TSA "really" envision the headline- plane hijacked with pool cue?
  
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05-12-2020, 10:13 AM

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I would think you could have a private jet once you hit it big...so carry on.
Not sure there are any pro player with aircraft, unless it might be an ultra light.


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05-12-2020, 10:22 AM

two good options.

mail it ahead of time
pack it securely in luggage. yes you have to pay a little more.
  
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05-12-2020, 10:23 AM

Haven't for a long time.
  
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05-12-2020, 10:27 AM

If memory serves me, I think it was year 2013 when I read pool cues were removed from "black list" by TSA. Not so sure about baseball bats though, but do we pool players care?


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05-12-2020, 10:40 AM

I always just head for the swimming pool and grab a cue there.
  
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