Re: Kites on airlines? PVC-tube = no

Subject Re: Kites on airlines? PVC-tube = no
From (Andy Wardley)
Date Thu, 8 Jan 1998 08:42:26 GMT
Newsgroups rec.kites
Steve Holdoway and Julie Holdstock <> wrote:
> I use the 'Matheson method', as suggested by Chris on this newsgroup a
> while back. Basically, you take one standard kite bag, and fill it
> full, so that it ends up as rigid as possible.

What, you mean your kite bag isn't like that already? I can't even open mine any more without the entire contents spewing out in a great explosion of released pressure. I think I need a new kite bag and some more kites so that I can avoid having to open it.

> It's my theory that if a bag looks like it's made out of canvas, then
> there's more chance that it'll be loaded near the top of the baggage,

When you're checking it in, tell them that it's fragile and they will plaster it with "FRAGILE - THIS IS THE ONE TO JUMP ON MR BAGGAGE HANDLER" stickers.

But this was all immaterial on my trip to the Euro Cup last year because British Airways lost my kite bag. When you have a prototype kite to fly for competition, of which there are only 2 in the world, it's a little bit distressing to have that kite lost in Jamaica somewhere.

At this point, it's a really good idea to be travelling with the designer of the kite (Mr b) and owner of the other prototype. Unless, of course, British Airways manage to loose his kites as well.

I did get them back. About 2 hours after the competition ended.


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