effect on runners travelling overseas
Yes I could Pammie but that means packing walking boots which are heavier than running shoes.
My hand baggage gels weren't confiscated last year.
I had a reply from Virgin but it only copied and pasted their new restrictions. Another amazing bit of customer service from India LOL.
I've asked the question again - let's see what happens.
I would lie, say you need the shoes for DVT and gels for diabetes - but it's probably irrelevant.
"Should" is only guidance. They won't turn you away for having running shoes just because you won't use them. You don't use your wallet on a VA flight usually either but you wouldn't check that.
VA are usually one of the most flexible / relaxed airlines.
No reply yet from VA. These restrictions on flying to the USA are very new though so maybe they are inundated with emails about it.
Can't remember who said to take marathon stuff in carry on bag last year. May have been a Yank taking an internal flight. I suppose the issue is that folk want to run marathons in tried and tested gear rather than in new replacements because the airline lost their luggage!
I guess I'm in that paranoid phase of marathon training - the bit where you are so close having done almost all of the training and you don't want anything to go wrong at the last minute!
Makes it worse because I'm taking 2 pairs of shoes. Goofy is Sat AND Sun racing and I want a fresh pair of shoes for the second day.
Hmmm thanks for thoughts anyway folks.
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Stick it all in the hold, statistically your luggage will be fine, wear your shoes and pick up any gels and stuff while you are out thereI dont think its worth getting worried about
I agree. If you're worried, wear the runners you need for running the marathon. If needs be, wear your running clothes as well underneath your day clothes (unless it's too uncomfortable). You can buy gels or sweets whilst out there and at least you'll have the essentials.
I would say lying is probably a bad idea in case they find out and think you have something to hide. I would probably just be honest and tell them why you packed it in the hand luggage bag, they'll probably be quite tolerant unless you take the piss...
I once had a major row with a security dude at Belfast airport because of an asthma inhaler of a type he hadn't seen before. He wanted me to take it in front of him (which I did) and then complained because it was automatic and he couldn't tell if I took it or not. Very annoying, but I suppose it stops another dickhead blowing a plane up.....
Well email today from airline
I wrote: " Thank you for replying quickly but you have not answered my question. I would like to carry 2 pairs of running shoes, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 vests in my hand baggage so I can still race my marathon if my main luggage is lost. Will I still be able to carry these? I obviously don't need them on the flight. Thanks"
"Dear ***,Thank you for your latest email.You can carry all these items in your hand baggage, however it should be within 6kgs.A list of all baggage allowances, including carry on baggage, can be found on our website http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/passengerinformation/baggage/allowances.jspIt's left for me to wish you a pleasant trip onboard your forthcoming flight.Kind Regards"
My thoughts after my knee jerk reaction yesterday are that they merely want to have less to look through which is why they only want people to take stuff they need on board. The actual wording says people SHOULD only take what they need on board not that anything not needed is prohibited.
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