That's what I do. No issues w SWI fly Southwest and carry reels on carryon and poles as baggage. Under 91 inches. It does restrict me to 7 ft. poles. I use a bazooka pro. I tip the guy 10 bucks for poles and tell him make sure there on plane. 15 trips and no issues
Plano Jumbo Airliner has wheels (a BIG plus) & can ship 12-13 rods tips to tails. (Gimbals 1/2 to 1" beyond the rod tips.) Bubble wrap between & around the rods & overlapped at the ends! Then gather with multiple Velcro straps. A cardboard sleeve for the wrapped rod bundle, makes in inserting & removing easy & adds an additional layer of protection between the rods & the plastic of the tube.
Call Mike Morris big fish transport he will take care of it all!I have a trip coming up here in a few and due to time constraints I am going to have to fly to SD. I just got off a trip and my shit ton of gear is at a buddies house in SD right now, which is cool for the short-term, but I am wondering about getting everything home to the land of Zion after my trip. So the question I have for all of those who travel to SD to fish is: which is better, shipping your gear or taking it on the plane with you?