One question that comes up from time to time is can I fly commercial airlines with my Sea Eagle kayak. The customer below describes how he handled one of our largest and heaviest kayaks the Sea Eagle 420. In case you’re curious our most packable kayak is our Sea Eagle FastTrack.
“Tim and Crystal:
A quick note to tell you about our experience taking our Sea Eagle Explorer 420x Kayak on our recent trip from Denver to Florida. It was really quite painless.
We simply rolled up the kayak and seats and placed them in the storage bag that comes with the kayak. I tied the carry straps on the kayak bag together with a double overhand knot so that the straps weren’t hanging loose.
The paddles, pump, and life vests were packed into a large suitcase. We completely disassembled each paddle into four parts (two plastic paddle blades and two-piece aluminum handle) to get them to fit diagonally into the suitcase.
To transport the bagged kayak to the baggage check-in/ticket counter, I strapped it on to a fold-up luggage dolly. Once at the counter, I unstrapped the kayak bag from the fold-up dolly and placed the dolly in the suitcase with the paddles, life jackets, etc.
Both the kayak bag and the suitcase were well within the 50 lbs luggage weight limit and both “flew free” on Southwest Airlines.
When we arrived in Florida, we picked everything up at luggage claim at the airport, took the dolly out of the suitcase, and strapped the kayak bag on to the dolly for the trip to the rental car.
Rinse and repeat for the return flight after a great time kayaking in south Florida.
Try doing that with a hard-sided kayak!
Thanks for a great ‘packable’ kayak.”