My worst air travel baggage nightmare occurred when I flew the last available flight of the evening from London to Paris, and had a connecting trans-atlantic flight back to Los Angeles from Paris the following morning. I had a late evening in Paris to kill with the homies before flying back to LA, so I thought, “no problem”, I’ll just collect my bags and meet them at whatever bar they had happened to be at that night. Fast forward to me being the lone standing person at the baggage claim at Charles du Gaulle airport at 12am. After waking the two half asleep clerks in the missing baggage department, they determined that they could not locate my bag, and that I would have to remain on “Standby” (that’s airport lingo for, “good luck” in case you already didn’t know) at the airport, just in case my bags arrived. I spent the night in Paris CDG airport that evening with nothing more than an airline provided plastic toothbrush (that looked as though it was surplus gear they had intended to originally send to Prisons), and a generic white T-shirt they give you as a kind of, “sorry bruh, bad time”. In the morning, I caught my sixteen hour flight back to Los Angeles, not knowing if I’d ever see my things again.
Stoked Skateboards knowledge base article link - 6 tips when traveling with a skateboard
A week and about a dozen calls to the airline later, and a man in a truck delivers my bag claiming it had been lost because its odd size (due to skateboards) exceeded certain size restriction policies, and it had to be re-routed.
Stokowski, ready to fly the friendly skies.
The bottom line? Air travel will always be a ridiculous process we willfully put ourselves through. There is a system of mass transit to the whole situation that will always be the way it is, regardless as to how well you prepare. Alas, there are a few things you can do to streamline the process a bit, and side step some of the pitfalls of the air travel equation. With that being said, I’ve taken the liberty to prepare an article for the good folks at the Stoked Skateboards Knowledge Base, detailing six essential tips to ensuring your priceless shred sled, and your belongings make it to your destination on time and safe n’ sound. Check it out, then get to the globe trottin’.