I often travel with my bike, and always wonder what it goes through during transit. After hiding a GoPro in my bike bag I found out that it’s actually treated with relative care, and placed upright in the cargo area. I can’t use this to evaluate all airlines, all airports, and all baggage throwers, but I can say that American Airlines, Asheville airport, and Charlotte airport were surprisingly professional behind closed doors.
As dramatic as we made this video, I fully expected the TSA to inspect the bag in Asheville before ever bringing it on the plane (and they did). I just didn’t consider how sketchy it might look to them! In the video you can see them open and close it—they could have cared less.
For anyone mentioning lithium batteries in checked bags, they’re actually okay as long as they are installed in a device https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2013/06/11/travel-tips-tuesday-safely-packing-batteries-your-trip Only uninstalled lithium batteries are restricted!
This video is not sponsored by or endorsed by Park Tool, I was just wearing that shirt on that particular day.