Traveling With the long rods
Chris, I've traveled several times with the long rods as checked luggage packed into a long Bazooka rod case(injected plastic) and had no trouble getting it checked even though it's length is greater than the airlines say they will allow. The security people open the case and even take the case apart since it is telescopic but it has always gotten to my destination. I have always carried my reels in my carry on (lined) and they were allowed in Harrisburg, Chicago, BWI, seattle, Reagan, Dulles, and Vancouver. Terrace, B.C. was the only place that forced me to check my reels, and for that I've Sworn I won't go back. The TSA did confiscate my boot repair kit in Ketchekan, AK because it had a volital solvent included in the kit.