Re: Flying overseas with travel rods and reels

Dino22
Hi guys,

I was wondering if anyone will be able to advise if there's any issues with flying overseas with travel rods and reels as hand carry on luggage via jetstar? Tried to contact them via their facebook page but no response from them till date and there's isn't much information their website.

I am considering to hand carry a majorcraft go-emotion 4 piece travel rod (basic model,
GEC-664M, 6.6ft) and a baitcast reel for a upcoming trip to Taipei, Taiwan but was told by others that I'll still need to check in both items (was told that all travel rods must be either pack into the checked in luggage or as oversize baggage , all fishing reel with lines are not allowed as hand carry too as the lines are deem as "potential weapons" by the airlines) and it also seems that aircraft type, jetstar carriers and the destination of travel do play a part too. 

I have no idea what is the length and width of the majorcraft go-emotion travel rod tube bag as I am currently at work.

Do hope you guys who had done it before to shed some light if there is any truth to the above mentioned. Thanks in advance for your kind assistance!


  • frz1
    For reels with line its a no bro. Without lines no problem. As for rods i checked in mine but for your case travel rods which i guess its a 4 pc rod? Shouldnt be a prob maybe.... bcos i heard someone bought a 2 pc rod and they hand carry it. Heard only bt never see it with my own eyes so i cnt assure you. 
  • Luke Maow Bear
    Dino22 said:
    Hi guys,

    I was wondering if anyone will be able to advise if there's any issues with flying overseas with travel rods and reels as hand carry on luggage via jetstar? Tried to contact them via their facebook page but no response from them till date and there's isn't much information their website.

    I am considering to hand carry a majorcraft go-emotion 4 piece travel rod (basic model,
    GEC-664M, 6.6ft) and a baitcast reel for a upcoming trip to Taipei, Taiwan but was told by others that I'll still need to check in both items (was told that all travel rods must be either pack into the checked in luggage or as oversize baggage , all fishing reel with lines are not allowed as hand carry too as the lines are deem as "potential weapons" by the airlines) and it also seems that aircraft type, jetstar carriers and the destination of travel do play a part too. 

    I have no idea what is the length and width of the majorcraft go-emotion travel rod tube bag as I am currently at work.

    Do hope you guys who had done it before to shed some light if there is any truth to the above mentioned. Thanks in advance for your kind assistance!


    I flew Jetstar to Darwin:

    1/ Checked in Rods

    2/ Hand carried Reels
    2a/ Reels had line in them
    2b/ Lines can be used to strangle someone or tie them up (apparently)

    3/ If you are carrying a Life Jacket take out and check in the Gas Canister

    Tip: Go to your hardware shop and cut a pipe for your rod, some good shops have the screw in attachments to that size which you can epoxy if you want to be fancy as pipes need to be closed so you have to search for them, then you dead lock one side and leave the other side able to unscrew, I did it once but gave that holder away - I went to some hardware shops that specialised in pipes.

    [On separate note]
    1/ Maldives does not allow you to check it in, so you have to hide it amongst Jigs when coming back to Singapore, going there is ok

    2/ 
    Domestic strictly does not allow reels on their connecting flights (turbo prop planes), you have to check it in, don't worry, it's all hand carried and is safe

    3/ 
    China does not allow checking in of Canisters, they are simply lost and will be seen by baggage control

    Hope this helps.
  • Dino22
    Thanks for your input guys. Guess the only safe option I have is to get a larger luggage for the 4 piece travel rod/reels and check in both items along with the lures/hooks etc.

    I don't really don't wish to go thru the trouble of getting a custom made hard tube at a hardware shop for the travel rod as it already came with a semi hard case or having to despool the reel for hand carry sake.

    Now, guess I will have to keep my fingers/toes crossed that none of the equipments will be damaged during the check in/flight.
  • Luke Maow Bear
    @Dino22 ;

    I have to apologise to you, I didn't take into account that your travel rod would have it's own casing. 

    You can try your luck at best and I would too, however might as well check it all in and ask them to put a fragile sticker.


  • Dino22
    @Dino22 ;

    I have to apologise to you, I didn't take into account that your travel rod would have it's own casing. 

    You can try your luck at best and I would too, however might as well check it all in and ask them to put a fragile sticker.


    Hi bro,

    There's nothing to apologize for. I'm more than grateful that I've recieved good advise with regards to my enquires. 
  • Big Game All The Way
    Depends on the airport your flying from and to. Check with them. As for Jetstar have heard a lot of bad stuff, but I haven't actually seen anything in the papers. Reel can be hand carried without line. So pack your line in your cargo bag. As for your rod case, make sure you get a proper case like the sport tube or car mate. They're both berry reliable, however, be aware the locks on the car mate can get broken. So might want to use straps too. Sports tube is perhaps the most reliable, and they're designed for skis initially. Just set aside some money just in case you have to pay something for the airlines to accept your rod case. (Depends from airlines to airlines) apart from that nothing else I can think of. Oh yes, hook definitely have to go in your cargo bag.
  • Luke Maow Bear
    The travel case is how long? 50CM?
  • Michael Lim
    Personally, I stick my travel rods inside the big luggage inside the travel bag and between clothes.  Have travelled to HK, Bali with such gears and never had any issues.  Having a Samsonite does help too.  Hehehe
  • Dino22
    edited September 2016
    Thanks for your input guys. Yup, guess having a good suitcase & rod tube will help. By the way, it has been 12 days & still no news from the airline. Hais...
  • Luke Maow Bear
    Dino22 said:
    Thanks for your input guys. Yup, guess havingo

    ​Np bro, keep us updated on how you went. 
  • Dino22
    I went ahead and purchased a tailwalk namazon mobile travel rod from saber stroker (on the advice of another kaki). It's much shorter as compared to my majorcraft go-emotion (5.9ft versus 6.6ft and medium heavy rating versus medium rating) and only measures 22.3" when stored in the rod tube (build of the rod tube is very soild and darn hard as well - can be pretty sure that there will be no damages of any kind at the end of the flight). It fits more than nicely into my 28" suitcase. Reels and lures etc were all checked in without any problems at the counter (brought travel insurance coverage as well). I am so ready for my flight! Woo hoo!
  • Luke Maow Bear
    edited September 2016
    Dino22 said:
    I went ahead and purchased a tailwalk namazon mobile travel rod from saber stroker (on the advice of another kaki). It's much shorter as compared to my majorcraft go-emotion (5.9ft versus 6.6ft and medium heavy rating versus medium rating) and only measures 22.3" when stored in the rod tube (build of the rod tube is very soild and darn hard as well - can be pretty sure that there will be no damages of any kind at the end of the flight). It fits more than nicely into my 28" suitcase. Reels and lures etc were all checked in without any problems at the counter (brought travel insurance coverage as well). I am so ready for my flight! Woo hoo!
    ​Can you take a picture of the rod and show us? Or crap I can Google it but it'd be product shots. 
  • Ong Pierre
    Dino22 said:
    Hi guys,

    I was wondering if anyone will be able to advise if there's any issues with flying overseas with travel rods and reels as hand carry on luggage via jetstar? Tried to contact them via their facebook page but no response from them till date and there's isn't much information their website.

    I am considering to hand carry a majorcraft go-emotion 4 piece travel rod (basic model,
    GEC-664M, 6.6ft) and a baitcast reel for a upcoming trip to Taipei, Taiwan but was told by others that I'll still need to check in both items (was told that all travel rods must be either pack into the checked in luggage or as oversize baggage , all fishing reel with lines are not allowed as hand carry too as the lines are deem as "potential weapons" by the airlines) and it also seems that aircraft type, jetstar carriers and the destination of travel do play a part too. 

    I have no idea what is the length and width of the majorcraft go-emotion travel rod tube bag as I am currently at work.

    Do hope you guys who had done it before to shed some light if there is any truth to the above mentioned. Thanks in advance for your kind assistance!


    I flew Jetstar to Darwin:

    1/ Checked in Rods

    2/ Hand carried Reels
    2a/ Reels had line in them
    2b/ Lines can be used to strangle someone or tie them up (apparently)

    3/ If you are carrying a Life Jacket take out and check in the Gas Canister

    Tip: Go to your hardware shop and cut a pipe for your rod, some good shops have the screw in attachments to that size which you can epoxy if you want to be fancy as pipes need to be closed so you have to search for them, then you dead lock one side and leave the other side able to unscrew, I did it once but gave that holder away - I went to some hardware shops that specialised in pipes.

    [On separate note]
    1/ Maldives does not allow you to check it in, so you have to hide it amongst Jigs when coming back to Singapore, going there is ok

    2/ 
    Domestic strictly does not allow reels on their connecting flights (turbo prop planes), you have to check it in, don't worry, it's all hand carried and is safe

    3/ 
    China does not allow checking in of Canisters, they are simply lost and will be seen by baggage control

    Hope this helps.
    Maldives cannot check in what
  • Michael Lim
    No worries, I have that rod too.  The tube is hard.  If you can fit it inside the luggage, it's definitely safe
  • knht
    Hi guys, reviving the thread to ask if there is any update since the last two years in terms of hand carrying travel rods onto the plane.

    I will be taking a trip to Berau, Kalimantan next month flying airasia from Changi to Jakarta, and then flying garuda for the jakarta-balikpapan-berau route. Anyone had done the same route over the last one year and hand carry the travel rods onto flight with/without issue? The packed length of the travel rods I plan to bring are all within 60cm. 
  • Devilzken
    edited December 2018
    Travel rod can't be hand carried , jus got stop at t4, but they kind enuff to let me bring on the plane at my boarding time after they "escort" me to the gate :/
    Edit: the rod tube is drop off at the gate counter and considered a check-in luggage, fee is $70 but with the help of the airport staff managed to wavied off this time  :p
  • Michael Lim
    Devilzken said:
    Travel rod can't be hand carried , jus got stop at t4, but they kind enuff to let me bring on the plane at my boarding time after they "escort" me to the gate :/
    Edit: the rod tube is drop off at the gate counter and considered a check-in luggage, fee is $70 but with the help of the airport staff managed to wavied off this time  :p
    ​Which airlines?
  • Devilzken
    AirasiA lol, actually is not the airline stop, it's at the X-ray machine after you scan your PP. They claim cannot bring into the terminal :|
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