I took my hammock in carry-on just two weeks ago into and out of the Dominican Republic, no problems.
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Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace without end to you.
adapted from - ancient gaelic runes
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Somewhere near Parkville, MO
Hammock: DIY Knotty/Speer special, RED
Tarp: Warbonnet Superfly
Insulation: 50 extree pounds
Suspension: Whoopy slings
I'm here to tell you that they DON'T like it when you fly with your Hammock.
They keep running into your butt with the drink cart and it cuts off access to the bathroom.
From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Cleveland, GA
Hammock: WBBB 1.0 dbl
Insulation: LeighloTQ and UQ
Join Date: Nov 2012
Hammock: GT Double/Single
Insulation: Wallyworld CCF Pad
"We're the Sultans of Swing."
TSA #1 What was his name again?
TSA #2 Cannibal
TSA #3 I thought he said Hannibal, as in Lecter. You know, from "Silence of the Lambs"
TSA #4 Are you sure?
TSA #2 I'm pretty sure it was Cannibal, as in some one that eats other people
TSA #4 That would be a Zombie! You know those undead people that walk really slow and groan a lot
TSA #5 He didn't exactly look human to me.
Sorry couldn't resist
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Reinlandpfalz, GE
Hammock: HH Expl Dlx
Tarp: WB Superfly
Insulation: HG 20* Incubator
Suspension: HH w/ Rap Rings
From the thread title I thought it was about actually IN the plane! I've actually seen this. It was a military Hop flight on a C-17. The load master let one of the special forces guys attach from the inside of the plane to a cargo pallet! He slept the whole 8 hours from Germany to BWI. Some of us were at least smart enough to bring sleeping bags and pads, which are way more comfortable than the jump seats. But to this day I'm jealous of that guy just swaying through the turbulence in his ENO.
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Spicewood, TX
Hammock: WBBB, Switchback 1.9 SL & 1.9 DL
Tarp: BDWD, AE Hard Rock
Insulation: Incubator, Burrow
Suspension: Webbing & Rings
We are now ready to start our way down the Great Unknown.We are three quarters of a mile in the depth of the earth.We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknow river yet to explore.What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls rise over the river, we know not. Ah, well! We may conjecture many things. The men talk as cheerfully as ever; jests are bandied about freely this morning; but to me the cheer is somber and the jests are ghastly. Powell 1869
Join Date: Jul 2012
Hammock: DIY gathered end
Insulation: Self-inflating pad
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Los Angeles
Hammock: Warbonnet 1.7 Blackbird
Tarp: Warbonnet Edge
Suspension: Whoopie Slings DIY
Not a bad idea to print out TSA's regulations, I used to do that when I traveled with film. Technically, I had the right to request hand inspections of professional film... They frequently tried to deny that until I handed them a copy of their own paperwork
If you want to do some heavy reading, an intrepid Google search can find the actual TSA manual.
Anything strange can get you pulled aside... We hang from trees, some consider that strange. Sometimes I travel with 30lbs of camera gear, that usually lands me in the slow line. I always pack prepared to unpack, and even organize electronics so they don't overlap. If the machine sees everything clearly, they don't have to open your bag to figure out what's in there.
The best you can to is smile, read off the rules, and be patient for the entire process. After all, you did get to the airport EARLY, right?
Hammock is 100% ok
Tent Stakes, technically ok... but don't cry if TSA tosses your titanium goodies. I pack cheap ones if I need them in my carryon. Keep them short and insist that they are Tools (tools under 7 inches are ok). They are also less dangerous than knitting needles, which are permitted items.
Trekking Poles... depends how lucky you feel. Walking aids are permitted (Dr note can help), Ski Poles are not. This one is up to TSA discretion.
I've heard of better luck with folding Z poles vs telescoping. Also, make it a point to keep your rubber tips on.
Rope is also ok, but can get you pulled aside.
I've never had an issue in the USA, but leaving Guatemala, a friend was stopped at a secondary checkpoint because a souvenir drum (less than 1 foot tall!) had decorative rawhide cordage. The security lady was insisting that cordage was not OK because my 90lb friend could untie it and use it to attack or restrain.
The agent proceeded to try and untie it (impossible, the knots were tied before the rawhide shrank). Then said she needed scissors to cut it off. At that point I said in Spanish, "No, you need a supervisor to review this, you aren't cutting up a toy"
The supervisor of course rolled his eyes and let it go.
BTW, they completely ignored my hammock and webbing suspension, the crisscrossed cord on my backpack and the paracord bracelet I had on. Not to mention our shoelaces. Seriously, there was more cordage on our FEET than on that toy drum. (Grr, ok, I feel better now)
My little lady is a flight attendant, so I get quite a bit of wallet-friendly flying in. I can relay any extra questions as well.
I'm flying to Costa Rica to help with some filming later this month, planning on bringing a hammock, we'll see how that goes.
I'm also hoping to do some serious CarryOn Camping this year. Gotta put those cheap tickets to good use
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, & narrow-mindedness, & many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men & things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
Hammocking in SoCal
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Dartmouth, Mass
Hammock: Yukon Outfitters
Tarp: Kelty 12
Want to have fun at the air port, bring an epi pen, a main sheet line, navigation charts and two hand held VHF radios, random boat hardware, parachute flair and a single change of clothes, all jammed in a carry on bag. My neighbor and I flew to NJ to sail his newly purchased sail boat home. We got yanked out of line, our bags dumped on the floor, we played 20 questions as to why we had all this gear with us. I got to stand in the drug whiffer booth( never grab your eye and scream after the blast of air). After several conversations we were allowed to repack our bags and board the flight.