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Old 05-01-2014, 12:24 PM
Location: New Jersey
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My friend wants to know if he can use a cooler as his luggage on a plane, so we have something to tailgate with at the concert we are flying to. It would contain no food, just his clothes. Thoughts?
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:37 PM
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You can check a cooler. I would secure it closed with luggage straps rather than tape so TSA can inspect if necessary. (If they remove or cut tape to inspect, the cooler likely won't remain closed for the rest of the trip)

Just keep in mind that most coolers aren't really designed to withstand the kind of abuse that they're likely to encounter in baggage handling.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:40 PM
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I've seen them, Going as baggage just Strapped shut around them a few times.

Airline will want to see that it does not contain food and/or Dry Ice @ check-in.

But.. Its probably cheaper just to buy a Cheap Disposable Styrofoam one and then toss it, then pay Round Trip Baggage fees. (Assume he can just do a Carryon for his clothing and not pay for it).
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:45 PM
Location: Limbo
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You can definitely check it in. I suggest a luggage strap or duct tape to keep the lid firmly attached. TSA might open it and if they break the tape, they'll just reseal it with some garbage tape that says it was inspected - no guarantee that tape will hold up to us baggage handlers.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:16 PM
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If you are flying to a concert don't be cheap and just buy a cheap one to fill for the tailgate
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:53 PM
Location: OCNJ and or lower Florida keys
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i fly all the time from Philly to (FLL) florida on southwest. I have an older 1970's cooler with a metal twist latch. I pack it full of ny strip steaks and U 10 shrimp about 40 lbs. I show up at the airport with a roll of duct tape and the cooler able to be inspected. at baggage check in i open the cooler let the baggage guy see inside if he chooses and then I duct tape it shut and close the twist latch and watch it go on the baggage carousel. I also include a 3/4 used roll of duct tape inside and a note asking for it to be taped back up if the have to open it. It has been opened but they used packing tape they supplied to re tape it shut and put their TSA inspection paper on the inside of the cooler out of at least 10 trips it has only been opened up once all the other times the original duct tape was intact.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:44 AM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Yeah, you can check it in no problem.. but why not just use a suitcase and buy a cooler when you get there? lol
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:13 PM
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I hope so. I want to bring back some cool whip.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:51 AM
Location: Pacific NW
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There are many kinds of coolers. Not all of them are old plastic igloos.

Many of them look indistinguishable from luggage:

Soft side coolers
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:38 PM
Location: Bel Air, California
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take it along, but slap "HUMAN HEAD" across the sides and top
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