Checking in my bike box at Toronto airport

All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here …

… at the oversize luggage check-in, but my bike box won’t fit in the xray machine as it’s the same size as used for regular luggage! Only long thin skiis or golfclub bags would fit into this machine. The security agent apologizes as he asks me to cut open my bike box and take out it’s contents so he individually xray them. Luckily he only asks me to take out the seatbag, handlebar bag and fork bag, and not the bike with it’s full frame bag. After scanning the bags I replaced them back in the box and the agent very kindly helped me tape up the box. The agent said the previous xray machine was large enough to put bike boxes through. But when they replaced all the airport xrays with a new better model they replaced the oversize check-in with the same size as for regular baggage. Another Toronto airport operational problem that could be easily solved.

What isn’t allowed in checked in bags? Luckily I had read this advice and did not pack any CO2 cartridges or a butane stove cannister. I’ll buy those when I get to Budapest.

Looking forward to my bikepacking trip. But first I’m really looking forward to a two week river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam with my sweetheart Anneli!

#gregbikingwithoutborders, #cyclepathoakville, #eurovelo, #bikepacking

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