Can I travel with my Onewheel on an Airplane?
Onewheel’s make it a fun way to explore different terrains, but if you plan to travel with one, it’s important to know if you can bring it on an airplane and what’s the best way doing so.
The first thing to consider when planning a trip with a Onewheel is the type of Onewheel you have. The original Onewheel Pint is the only model that can be carried on a plane, but even then, the TSA and the airline have the final say on whether it’s allowed on the flight. It’s a good idea to check with the airline beforehand to verify their specific regulations or fees for traveling with a Onewheel Pint. Some airlines may charge extra fees for oversized or overweight baggage. Consider using a durable travel bag, such as the Superow Backpack made by Craft and Ride.
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It’s important to bring documentation that states the battery inside is a Lithium Iron-Phosphate battery and not a Lithium-Ion battery. Be prepared to show the TSA agent documentation to proof that the battery is only 130 watt hours. Make sure the battery it’s below 30% and the tire is deflated to avoid any complications during security or boarding. Airlines and the FAA have restrictions on battery wattage, and most Onewheel models have a battery above the 160 watt-hours limit allowed on planes. For more information, see the FAA regulations on batteries.
You can also try to explain that you are using the Onewheel as a dolly camera for video filming. But still bring some documentation to support this. Successfully flying with your Onewheel it’s all based on luck, so present yourself professionally and act as if you have done this before. Confidence is key.
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Another option to consider is renting a Onewheel at your destination. Renting a Onewheel through a peer to peer service like FriendWithA can be a great way to avoid the hassle and expense of traveling with your own Onewheel. With many Onewheel models available, as well as providing helmets and other safety gear, FriendWithA is a safe and reliable way to rent anything you need. You can also check in with our friends over at Renteboards.com and see if they have a store location at the destination you’re traveling to.
Or you can ship your Onewheel…
Shipping your Onewheel through ground shipping can also be a great option, especially if you are traveling to a remote area or to a place where Onewheels are not widely available. Using the original box that the item came in is ideal as it will likely be the right size. If the original box is not available, it’s important to find a box that is large enough to fit the item and provide enough padding to protect it during shipping.
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In conclusion, traveling with a Onewheel can be a bit of a challenge, but it is definitely possible. The type of Onewheel you have, as well as the regulations and fees of the airline, are important considerations when planning your trip. Renting or shipping your Onewheel may be better options to consider, but no matter how you choose to travel with your Onewheel, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.
If you are traveling to Orlando, Florida, consider coming out for a PEV group ride with us. We have a great community and that also offers Onewheel rentals if needed.
PS: Did you know a Float Gang t-shirt is the perfect accessory for Onewheeling because it not only shows off your love for Onewheeling, but also allows you to easily identify other Onewheel enthusiasts while out riding.
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