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Old 09-13-2017, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Carrying parachutes on commercial flights?

Has anyone brought pilot emergency chutes as carry on baggage on commercial flights?

I've read the TSA letter saying it's okay and the USPA hints but I'm wondering how many folks have done it and anything to be careful of?

I'm looking at traveling to pick up an airplane and would much prefer to have it with me.


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Old 09-13-2017, 04:56 PM   #2
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I've done it several times since 9/11 and not had a problem or so much as a question from TSA. Brought a helmet and a hand held radio too and almost nothing else since I was picking up Pitts aircraft and didn't have room for anything else.

(Now my electric razor, that's another story...gets me pulled aside about 1 out of every 5 trips through security.)


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Carried parachutes all the time. Carry the letter from the USPA. Be sure to get there a bit early. If they start giving you grief, ask for a supervisor. The seal is there to make sure the "FAA certified rigger" has shown it to be closed. Carry it in a bag, don't just throw it over your shoulder.

I have had buddies watch while the TSA people open the reserve and lay the canopy out. They should not do that, but it has happened.

One guy had the TSA CUT open his rig, like with a knife ans scissors. https://www.reddit.com/r/SkyDiving/c...hp&sh=55fc4283



However, I have never had an issue.
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Here's how you do it. First, dress like an airline pilot. It's easy to do, the whole monkey suit is available at Sporty's (or I can loan you mine). Buy a seat all the way in the back. Don't worry, pilots in uniform ride in the back all the time. Throw your Sofie in the overhead and wait until the plane gets to cruise. Now walk to the front and then to the back. Do it again a few minutes later with a concerned look on your face. Wait for the bumps to start and loosen your tie, muss your hair and grab your chute. Put it on and walk slowly to the front shouting, "nothing to see here, everything's just fine!"
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LOL. Damn airline pilots. Vicious sense of humor!!
I got some funny looks when I carried mine on heading to Reno.
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Here's how you do it. First, dress like an airline pilot. It's easy to do, the whole monkey suit is available at Sporty's (or I can loan you mine). Buy a seat all the way in the back. Don't worry, pilots in uniform ride in the back all the time. Throw your Sofie in the overhead and wait until the plane gets to cruise. Now walk to the front and then to the back. Do it again a few minutes later with a concerned look on your face. Wait for the bumps to start and loosen your tie, muss your hair and grab your chute. Put it on and walk slowly to the front shouting, "nothing to see here, everything's just fine!"


LOL! You're sick, but I like it...

Never had a problem, helmet bag, radio, parachute. All in nice carry bags, no big deal.
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When I was a mechanic at a Northwest Regional, we would drive to the NWA gates and look for the DB Cooper plane. Every once in a while, it would be there at a gate. At minimum you have to put the chute on and scream "I'm JUMPING" and run down the isle, leap, and pull the cord.
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Back in the late 70's a friend of mine flew his Pitts to Apple Valley, but had to fly home early, so he left the airplane there. He was boarding a flight to SLC, with parachute in-hand. The ticket agent asked, "What is that?" He said, "It's my parachute...I always carry a parachute when I fly Delta..." He was allowed to take in on the plane, but had to leave it in the front area where the flight attendants could keep an eye on it.

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I did it once in about 1980. Flew airlines to MI to look at a Baby Lakes and carried my chute in a bag. Airplane wasn't my thing. There were T-storms all over that day with delays and I had missed the last flight back to BWI. Anyway they flew me to Detroit to wait for a flight to BWI and then took me to DC with a cab to BWI......

Anyway I was on 5 different flights carrying the chute. It was sure interesting. Someone would ALWAYS ask what was in the bag and it made for conversation. The usual reply was, "Do you know something I don't?"
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Thanks, for the advice and the humor 😏
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I think the 727 was the last commercial jet you could get out of anyway, via rear air stairs.
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I believe the Mad-Dogs have an aft airstair, not sure about the 717s..

The 727 had what we called the DB Latch on them.. part of the walk around to make sure it wasn't stuck.
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Great thread

Carried mine + headset on one or two flights in Canada, never any issue.
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The 727's had the rear stairs. After DB Cooper an external vane was added that drove a locking mechanism so that the stairs could no longer be lowered/opened in flight.

For some years, Evergreen International had/has an approval to disable the airstair inflight lock, remove the seats, and install belts on the floor, for skydiving from their 727. They brought the airplane to the World Freefall Convention in Illinois for several years. Load up with skydivers, climb to 14,000' and make a pass over the field with a hundred "DB Coopers" piling out the back.

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I miss those 727's. 8000 plus hours and 14 years of flying 'em. Now if you see one it's like seeing a DC3.
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....They brought the airplane to the World Freefall Convention in Illinois for several years. Load up with skydivers, climb to 14,000' and make a pass over the field with a hundred "DB Coopers" piling out the back.
I was one of them :0). There is a user on here I think called Fishead, who flew those drops over Quincy, IL for Amerijet the same time I was there, which was 98 and 99. A 727 seemed cavernous with no seats in it :0)

Flying back to the UK after the world freefall convention, my buddy was stowing his rig in the overhead, and an old lady said 'is that a parachute?', he said 'yeah, didn't they give you one?', her expression for a moment, was priceless :0)
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