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Nothing has changed about this in well over 10 years, don't expect it to change anytime soon. The solution is to pack the folder in a suitcase and not tell the airline its a bike. If they ask, say "sports equipment"... not lying, even if that mattered.

http://bikeportland.org/2009/01/08/jetblue-responds-folded-bikes-can-now-fly-free-13043

JetBlue allows them as regular checked bags. #deltasucks

Same sort of thing traveling with whitewater kayaks. If you tell them it's a kayak, it costs lots of money or they may even refuse to take it; if you lie and tell them it's a surfboard in that bag, you're better off. Except they're airlines so who knows what shite they'll come up with next. I hate airlines.

For $150 you can rent a bike at your destination. But then, it's not your bike.

Last summer, I packed my S&S coupled bike in the requisite 26x10x10 suitcase, and checked in for our flight to England on United. My 6 year old son proudly said to the check-in person: "There's a bike in there. My Dad took it apart." Fortunately, United's policy differs from Delta and as long as the suitcase is not oversized, they have no problems with it.

It was a good lesson to my son about how cyclists are not exactly catered to in the US, thusfar. Something he also learns when he goes to community meetings and hears people tell him there ought not to be a protected bike lane on their street. Life lessons.

Morale: prep your kid in advance when you fly Delta.

Just don't fly Delta.

It's not a bicycle. It's a bag full of bicycle parts.

It was a good lesson to my son about how cyclists are not exactly catered to in the US, thusfar. Something he also learns when he goes to community meetings and hears people tell him there ought not to be a protected bike lane on their street.

You make your six-year-old go to community meetings? When bike lanes are on the agenda? You're not worried about child protective services finding out?

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