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How to fly with your Speargun in an Airplane – the solution

Discover firsthand how I travel stress-free with my harpoon! The transportation of my spearfishing equipment used to be a big question, but the solution is surprisingly simple. Carrying my harpoon on airplanes is often not a problem with most airlines in the European Union (such as Ryanair, Lufthansa, Vueling, Easy Jet, Eurowings, KLM, Thomas Cook, Tuifly, Airberlin – or soon to be, not Airberlin anymore). Especially if it’s not a 4 kg, 140 cm wooden harpoon, I recommend getting a so-called “Pencil Bag” from golf accessories. These can often be acquired for a small amount on popular websites like Ebay and Amazon. These bags are reinforced with hard plastic, preventing any bending of the contents.

Traveling with the Speargun – a problem or not?

The transport of the equipment often presents most spearfisher men with a big question mark. Taking the Speargun on on the plane is, however, overwhelmed by most people. It is not a problem to carry the Spear gun with most airplane in the European Union (Airline i have tested: Ryanair, Lufthansa, Vueling, Easy Jet, Eurowings, KLM, Thomas Cook, Tuifly, Airberlin (or soon no longer Airberlin)).

If it is not just a 4 kg, 140 mm wood harp with an even longer arrow, the solution is to purchase a so-called “Pencil Bag” from the golf accessories. These are often purchased on relevant Internet sites (Ebay, Amazon) for small money. These bags are reinforced by hard plastic and prevent the bending of the contents. Often I myself have already transported up to three spearguns without announcing sport luggage (usually 50 € surcharge). It is enough to straighten the bag to its regular luggage with a tensioning belt or similar.

The nice ladies and gentlemen of the luggage reception will checkin the luggage and send you to an extra counter for “heavy and bulky luggage”, which usually means a time loss of 10 minutes, more not. In the case of X-ray control, simply enter “Harpune / Speargun for fishing” and off you go on vacation. The baggage will be unloaded on arrival at regular intervals. However, do not be alarmed if your luggage takes a little longer. Heavy baggage and special baggage are often unloaded at the end (but the 10 minutes are worth it).

I use the following Pencilbag:

Golfbag / Pencilbag / Travelbag/ Rangebag / Pistolbag / Carrybag with integrated plastictube

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My Luggage look like this when i go for the counter, never ever had a single problem:

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Here caution is advised, especially in the case of intermediate stops in countries where spearguns are prohibited. For example, if you are flying to Australia or New Zealand with a stopover Japan, it may happen that a loaded collector’s customs officer will receive you when changing trains. Here as always: inform in time and possibly obtain permission and possibly call the airlines. I heard of cases that people got stopped over in singapore on their way to asia because they had just spear tips, spears in their baggage and i can give you one advice: asiens are strict to rules, very strict!

Not all countries of the world know this hobby and it would be a pity to deal with anger, let alone miss their connecting flight. The risk is too high to be interrogated, just because you have not been sufficiently informed in advance.

Spearfishing Guide & Spots

Are you still looking for spearfishing spots in your holiday destination in Europe? Then I recommend you my Spearfishing Guide with more than 130 spots and a lot of important information about Spearfishing. In my shop it is also possible to buy guides for individual countries (Greece, Norway, Spain etc.).

9 thoughts on “How to fly with your Speargun in an Airplane – the solution

  • Avatar for Gorazd Cernelic Gorazd Cernelic

    I am thinking of sending my speargun with a DHL parcel (120x60x60 cm) for 30 €. Also a spear 130 cm should fit in nicely aside.

    • Avatar for harpune.info harpune.info

      Where you want to go? Good informations, thank you for that!

  • Thanks for the great info. My first spear trip to Mexico I was wary, because I have had a Pneumatic speargun confiscated at the airport in Korea, although they are for sale all over the country, so I disassembled my JBL gun and had no issues. I think this is a good option when in doubt, the JBL breaks down into a handle/trigger, aluminum tube, front muzzle, two bands, and a metal rod (tip removed) and a tip. Each piece in itself is non threatening and should be ok in any country. Only when the handle is put on the tube does it start to resemble speargun.

    • Avatar for harpune.info harpune.info

      Good advice. I heared of some cases where guys got into serious trouble just because of the tip of the speargun in Singapore, i would be super carfull in these cases. Where did you flight with your dissassmbled speargun? Greetings!

  • Avatar for James Wilson James Wilson

    Ryan Air Warning:
    11th Oct 2018: My JBL travel was quarantined and removed from my hold luggage. They would not let it travel and I was forced to collect it upon my return to the UK.
    Flight was from UK to Corfu

  • Great. How to fly with Speargun?


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