Posted 15 February 2010 - 11:42 PM
If it is an umbrella, is there any way to have it as a carry on that the crew sicks in a closet during the flight? I have seen various hiking sticks (that could be considered weapons) carried on board and other lengthy objects that couldn't fit in a suitcase. There must be some provision for crutches too for example. I'd try to check with the airline, maybe claim medically needed from sun sensitivity. As long as the volume is small, you might get away with it. Besides the cost, you'd need to really package it to arrive undamaged.