Trying not to make the airline mad - will this work?

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by 626ish, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. 626ish

    626ish |tags go here|

    Mar 31, 2006
    Ok, so I'm REALLY obsessed with not getting my luggage lost. I'd like to do just a single carry-on apiece for our January trip. There's two things I'm concerned about, though:

    1) We want to carry breakfast with us, instead of using a snack credit or purchasing it at the resort/parks. What will the scanner-person say when she sees a bag of oranges and a box of cereal in my carry-on? Do they still allow food?

    2) My pins. DH and I are pin CRAZY and we take at least 100 to trade each trip. I DON'T want to lost them in the checked luggage... but I don't want to have them taken away at the checkpoint either.

    Please advise!
  2. KJ Luvs Pluto

    KJ Luvs Pluto DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2007
    They do allow food. But can you fit everything you need in your carry-on PLUS a bag of oranges and a box of cereal? And keep the carry-on within the size limits of the airline? That's very good packing skills. And remember that any liquids or gels (including things like toothpaste) are limited to one quart size zip-lock bag per person and each item in it must be 3 oz or less and the containers must have size markings on them (and not markings that you have written on them :rotfl: ).

    I too hate to see my luggage lost since it has happened to me in the past. My luggage has traveled all over the world - however I have not. So we have started to ship our things to our resort in a sturdy cardboard box and then just pack what we might need for a night and a day in a small carry-on. This has worked very well. Always good to have a few things in case you get sidelined by weather. This too has happened to us numerous times.

    Sorry for making a short answer long.
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  4. 626ish

    626ish |tags go here|

    Mar 31, 2006

    Yes, packing skill superpowers come from being bitten by a radioactive luggage tag. (Darn you, Universal!)

    Southwest has a 50'' limit on carryons, but no weight limit, so that gives a little more leeway to operate.

    I'm still concerned about the pins, though.
  5. DMRick

    DMRick I prefer to be tagless!

    Jan 25, 2001
    We bring a ton of pins back and's never been a problem.
  6. Lewisc

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    May 23, 2000
    At least some TSA agents might consider oranges a liquid. Cereal is OK.
  7. CarolA

    CarolA <a href="

    Aug 21, 1999

    Pack this huge thing up. Then you and DH figure out how to get into an overhead bin WITHOUT killing anyone near you and without assistance! If you can then take it. Also realize that since SW has these limits what REALLY happens is that you have to "gate check" because they don't have that much bigger overheads.

    SW has a GREAT record on lost luggage. Put that monster under the plane. Trust me you will be happier in the long run. (throwing out your back is NOT a good way to start your Disney vacation)

    I am sorry but if you need to take 100 plus pins, a sack of oranges (To FLORIDA where they came from :rotfl2: ) and boxes of ceral something tells me the rest of your packing is NOT carryon friendly!

    I can do a carryon. Let me tell you what goes in it for a WEEK!

    1. Pair of pants sometimes two (wear one pack one)
    2. jacket or maybe just a sweater set (wear one pack one)
    3. Tops (probably three)
    4. Nightgown
    5. Undies
    6. Tennis Shoes
    7. ONE workout outfit. (They dry quickly when washed in the hotel room)
    8. Make up in a SMALL case
    9. Personal supplies in a little larger case (still smaller then a sheet of paper when laid on the table)
    10. The plastic baggie with my liquids (which thanks to the things I have learned is rarely even close to full)
    11. Briefcase with laptop, wallet etc.

    Notice what's missing on here that folks want a Disney

    1. 100 plus pins (that's a carryon of it's own)
    2. Swimsuit
    3. Coverup
    4. Sunscreen (3 oz is 3 applications, you probably need more)
    5. More short, more shoes etc.
    6. Toys (DVD players etc)

    Until I joined Owners Locker it was hard for me to pack carry on for Disney.
  8. seashoreCM

    seashoreCM All around nice guy.

    Aug 25, 2001
    I believe that 100 pins c an be packed into a small package that can be removed from a typical roll-aboard and carried on discreetly.

    Since there are two of you, one can carry on the pins and the other can carry on the food.

    Almost all airlines have brochures say don't put valuables in checked baggage. Thus, even though the actual contract of carriage may differ, I am still convinced that, given the choice of checking your valuables or not boarding the flight, you can still expect the airline to use reasonable efforts to transport you, in the worst case on a different flight although with no compensation but also collecting no more money from you.
  9. fla4fun

    fla4fun DIS Veteran

    Nov 12, 2006
    If it were me, I would split the pins, if possible, and put those in the "personal items" i.e., handbags, etc., that you are allowed, instead of putting them in the suitcase. That way, if your suitcases get gate checked, you will still have the pins with you. As avid pin traders, I know you would be devastated if those went missing, and it would be just my luck that would happen. Also, don't bring any pins that you don't want to trade. I know it's fun to show off your special favorites, but this may be a time for traveling light. Any thing that is of extraordinary value to you, either financially or sentimentally, should be left at home.

    As far as food, I would think cereal bars, not a box of cereal. Individually wrapped bars can be tucked into all those odd nooks and crannies in the suitcase. I would also consider dried fruit as opposed to fresh. If something punctures one of those oranges, you'll have a big mess in your suitcase. Or maybe just get fruit and cereal bars, and forget trying to take fruit separately. I also like to have breakfast food in the room, and I find cereal bars to be one of my favorites - especially if they have some nuts and berries!

    If you do those two things, you would probably have enough room for the other things you will need for the trip in the carry on bag.
  10. safetymom

    safetymom Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2001
    Don't put the pins in your luggage if you want to see them again!!! Carry them on.
  11. GaSleepingBeautyFan

    GaSleepingBeautyFan DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2007
    I don't know about the food but I had no problems with my newly purchased pins going into my carryon.

    The screener did look extra close and I thought he'd ask me to open it but he didn't. If he had, it would've been no big deal.
  12. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Oranges aside, why just one thing to carry each? Why not put the pins in a purse (personal item) and the rest in the carryon? I think between us we probably are approaching 50 pins for the three of us, and they are all carried in one of those mesh, zippered bags that are sold at luggage places, in my "personal item" bag.

    As for b'fast, if you really love fruit in the morning, I'd sit and eat that outside of security. Although I don't have a problem with citrus, IF you were to eat the oranges on a plane with my brother (who is not sensitive in any other way) you would set off a massive sneezing attack, even if he was completely at the other end of the plane. I've experimented with him...he will start sneezing almost immediately after I open an orange, no matter where he is in a house, even with many doors between him...he's THAT sensitive. So I wouldn't even think of eating them on the plane, and since they do have oranges in Florida, I would just eat them at the airport you're leaving from, before you go through security. Keep things lighter, make more room for your clothes, and don't run the risk of absolutely losing them if you get a weird TSA agent.

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