Plano® Jumbo Airliner Rod Case
A travel nightmare
I purchased the Jumbo Airliner Rod Case prior to a fishing trip to Mexico. I packed up my rods and had no problem checking the case in Dallas, TX. When I arrived at my destination I noticed that the lock I had affixed to the case had been removed and place in its original storage location. My top 6 inches of each of my rods were completely severed and there was a note from the TSA saying they had opened the case. The airline said that this was a TSA problem and they had no responsibility. I am currently fighting it out with both parties but anyone using this case must understand it is an inviting target for a TSA check and if the agent doesn't have a clue (as mine obviously did not) and does not reattach the lock to the right location your rods will be destroyed.
January 12, 2014
Great case but not indestructible!
This is the best rod tube on the market! It is especially nice because it can accommodate my 1pc inshore rods that are longer than 7' (most rod tubes don't exceed 7' in length). But beware, not all airports can handle a rod tube over 7' in length. I traveled with my Jumbo Airliner to Costa Rica only to discover all my rods had been broken! And in the exact same spot! I filed a claim and was paid back for the damage but what an inconvenience! I think the rod tube may have gotten stuck somewhere along the conveyor belt but I really have no idea. Just be aware that ANYTHING can still happen to your rods....even with a durable case like the Jumbo Airliner. Needless to say, I will only fly with travel rods and 2pc rods now.
February 12, 2013
Plano rod case
The rod case is an excellent one. However I offer a special note regarding all long rod cases...when traveling by plane you are not charged by weight but instead by length. Rod cases similar to the Plano will cost you anywhere from $50 to $100 extra by the airline at check in. Be prepared to pay. I travel to the Mexican trophy lakes regularly and now they get (In my case) and extra $100 each way. This is a real bummer! Be sure to check with your carrier when purchasing your tickets.
January 11, 2013
Great Rod case but needs....
I was able to fit 12 rods into the Plano Rod case with ease. Poles ranged from 8' to 6'.5". The only shortcoming was the fact that there was not a clear method to securing the removable cap to the tub. Hence I drilled a hole into the case and use a cotter pin type rod to secure the cap. Otherwise, I felt the cap could easily disengage and who know what could happen to the rods in the case.
August 28, 2012