JAM747
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Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:42 am

With the ever changing rules for air travel due to possible terrorisim are there still airlines that allow boxes as checked in items? I know some airlines that travel to the Caribbean used to do it but most airlines only allow bags or suitcases as checked in items. Some people like the idea of being able to check in items such electronics or toys such as a remote control plane etc in the same packages as they bought them. However it can become annoying when people go over their limits or make it harder to for security to inspect them.
 
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:45 am

US and CO both do. They are inspected by the TSA before going to the aircraft so I don't see any additional risk.
 
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:26 pm

i know AA does. All the time (in MIA especially), i see boxes coming up on the belt.
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:43 pm

TA allows boxes as well, but give no guarantees as to whether they will arrive in the same flight as the passenger...
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Venezuela747
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:04 pm

Well DL better....I have already called like 3 times and they have said yes. I'm checkin in a box with most of my college supplies and stuff that is not clothes tomorrow morning.....I'm wondering (and hopefully someone can confirm this) my box is taped up like no other, if TSA opens it up will they close it back up? Will they close it good enough for it not to open back up? Are the liable if it gets to me open or extremely damaged?
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:47 pm

Quoting Venezuela747 (Reply 4):
Well DL better....I have already called like 3 times and they have said yes. I'm checkin in a box with most of my college supplies and stuff that is not clothes tomorrow morning.....I'm wondering (and hopefully someone can confirm this) my box is taped up like no other, if TSA opens it up will they close it back up? Will they close it good enough for it not to open back up? Are the liable if it gets to me open or extremely damaged?

They'll tape it back up pretty damn thoroughly with their special "TSA Inspected" tape. They wrap it well enough to completely prevent tampering by anybody along the way. And no, they are not liable. The airline will cover some of the stuff but nothing electronic and there is a certain dollar limit.
 
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:52 pm

On my last flight out of OAK to PHX on HP, there was a whole middle eastern family (finaly destination was in Jordan) that all of there check in iteams were boxes. About 6 people in this group. Everyone was just looking and you could tell some people were kind of worried as well. But this happend just reciently. So I would say HP still allows this.
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aviationwiz
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:06 pm

How strong is the box? I always follow UPS guidelines on boxes for shipping:
http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/res...e/guidelines/prepare_package1.html

I use 200 lb. burst test boxes from Uline for most shipments, and they are incredibly sturdy, and sure to survive the trip. Also make sure the items inside are packaged properly, with ample protection inside for any breakable items.

Also, how much would it cost for you to ship the box to yourself? Any shipping service will allow you to insure the package for it's full value (for an additional fee), and shippers like UPS provide coverage for up to 100 dollars automatically with every shipment.
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ChrisI1024
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items?

Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:09 pm

I've checked boxes on AA and DL with no problem. I recall having to agree to some damage waiver on AA which gave me the impression that boxes had less coverage than regular luggage.
 
TheCheese
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RE: Which Airlines Allow Boxes As Checked On Items

Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:16 pm

AS also allows boxes to be checked as baggage.

In fact, that's always one of the things that lets me know that I'm back in ANC; the stuff on the pickup belt is usually 60/30 boxes to suitcases.

(The other 10% is gun cases, ski/snowboards, fishing gear, car fenders, sinks, furniture or what-have-you.)