Here's the TSA link; it says figure skates are ok to carry on under sporting goods (but ski poles are not??? Oh, TSA...): http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-informat...ohibited-items
Found an article and video on the ice dancer, Jordan Noelle. They didn't just lose her skates, they lost ALL her equipment. The costume she's wearing was borrowed from one of the vendors on site.
http://figureskating.about.com/od/co...tal-Skates.htm , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hroBU9ZCzw
But us regular folks are usually not as cute and cuddly looking as the average skater.
Seems like a stupid question, so I'll just ask here
How hard exactly is it to get good tickets for the GPF? And about how much would an All Event ticket cost? (just an approximate range if that's possible)
Because right now I'm in random "book a flight"-mode and I just know that I would kick myself if I booked a flight without even knowing how the chances are of me actually getting a good seat (I have zero idea what I'm doing here so I'd appreciate some pointers )
Pamina, I've found through the years that it's a bit more costly but going with a tour group (Dash, Silver Blades, etc.) will always ensure you get good seats. We've used Dash for a Skate Canada, 2 Worlds and 2 Nationals and always had what we asked for. We like to be center ice, on the aisle and about 9 rows up. If you're any closer to the ice it's difficult to see the far corners.
Many years ago when I played flute seriously, I was always grateful that my instrument was small enough that carrying it in the cabin wasn't an issue. Still feel sorry for cellists and double bass players etc., some of whom have been known to buy an actual seat for their instruments, especially for extremely valuable ones. For a skater, consigning their skates to the luggage hold has to be just as harrowing as being separated from one's cello. The one difference I can think of is that presumably you can replace boots and blades relatively easily, although breaking them in is another story. And there's nothing easy about competing with borrowed equipment!
Come to think of it, the blade issue has me wondering about professional chefs, who cherish their knives as much as any pair of skates or musical instrument. Now imagining a set of Henckels going through a metal detector....yikes!
Eh you know, that's not always foolproof, not only because of TSA but also because of customs, although it's usually with checked luggage.
For example, earlier this year Boujemaa Razgui got 13 handcrafted flutes destroyed by customs. He makes them himself out of bamboo. Customs said his bags had "agricultural material" and took them all, and said they were destroyed. After 9/11, Krystian Zimerman who's a world-renowned pianist had his Steinway grand (!) confiscated and destroyed because some inspector said the glue used to hold the piano together "smelled like explosives". He was flying in for a concert and obviously not pleased. Nowadays he ships the parts separately, leaving an empty piano case in the U.S. to put them in when he arrives; he's also a piano technician so he can put the piano together himself.
Vanshilar -- thanks (I think) for the extraordinary stories. I will never again feel sorry for myself re: shampoo & cosmetics when traveling!
For anyone who's interested, here's a link w/ more details about Boujemaa Razgui:
As for Zimerman, again. There are no words...
Is it true that Mao's Bells of Moscow program was originally made for Kwan? It would have been fantastic had Kwan skated that program..