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shildebr 05-17-2008 05:01 PM

Can I Take My Keg on the plane?
 
Well I'm in phoenix right now and was just looking on craigslist. There seems to be much more empty 1/2 bbls and at a good price than I can find in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Does anyone know anything about airport security or airline rules......could I put my keg in my checked luggage? Can I put it in a cardboard box and check it? It only weighs about 30 lbs empty.

My first guess would be "absolutely not" but why? If anyone knows the answer I'd be eager to hear. Thanks!

Yuri_Rage 05-17-2008 05:05 PM

I don't know all the rules, but it'd sure suck to get to the airport and find out, with no time to spare, that you have to leave your keg behind. It only costs about $30 to have it shipped via UPS or FedEx ground.

mosyslack 05-18-2008 02:51 AM

I'm not sure of the dimensions of kegs...look on any airlines web site though and they will have info on allowable items. As well as TSA's web site. They may charge you a bit, as that seems to be the new trend. As long as the keg is within their allowable range, there should not be a problem. Oh, and I'm assuming that the keg will be empty and unpressurized?

Good luck!

sittingturbo 05-18-2008 02:57 AM

I would assume if it has no pressure it will be okay. Take the lid off to make your life easy, otherwise you might have to prove its not pressurized.

shildebr 05-18-2008 03:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sittingturbo (Post 681604)
I would assume if it has no pressure it will be okay. Take the lid off to make your life easy, otherwise you might have to prove its not pressurized.


That's what I'm thinking, I'm gonna have to get some tools to accomplish this, but I do work for a large construction company so I should be able to find something!

EvilTOJ 05-18-2008 06:38 AM

take the spear out and pack it into your luggage. That way the 'lovely' TSA will see the keg is not pressurized and see right into it.

ScubaSteve 05-18-2008 07:44 AM

Unless you're going there anyway, you're gonna spend way more on a plane ticket. You should put a want ad out on Craigslist....or check ebay under [empty kegs]....there's 1/2 bbl kegs there all the time.

homebrewer_99 05-18-2008 02:42 PM

At 30 lbs I suspect it's full.

Put it into a checked bag it'll be OK. I used to transport a lot of minikegs this way before the Nazi's at the airports took over (the Gestaspo were also Homeland Security).

Unfortunately, most airlines now charge for a second bag...:mad:

shildebr 05-18-2008 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ScubaSteve (Post 681780)
Unless you're going there anyway, you're gonna spend way more on a plane ticket. You should put a want ad out on Craigslist....or check ebay under [empty kegs]....there's 1/2 bbl kegs there all the time.


I'm already in phoenix, staying for a week or so, and have a rental car so I was just doing some craigslist slumming and happened to run across a couple kegs on the cheap.

I think i'll just cut the top off and get a 18x18x24 box, should fit perfect and come in under americans size and weight restrictions for checked baggage.

SteveM 05-19-2008 12:10 AM

The charges on most airlines for a second bag are now about what it would cost to send it UPS...


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