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Skip the Travel Vest, Just Wear Your BCD

from the January, 2010 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

In the last issue, I recommended buying a travel vest to hold your carry-on items and beat airline luggage weight restrictions. Reader Harvey Cohen (Middlefield, NJ) has a cheaper idea: Just put on your BCD over your shirt, wear it onto the plane, then stow it in the overhead bin.

Skip the Travel Vest, Just Wear Your BCDTheres lots of room in my carry-on bag for dive gear because I wear my Aqualung Pro QD i3 on board. Ive done this on trips from New York to Nassau, Providenciales and Cairns. I unclip all hardware thats not an integral part of the BCD, except the weight pockets and my PADI C-card tag. I do sometimes use the two zippered pockets to carry small stuff like snacks or a book. While Ive never had any comments from airlines or security, Ive had a couple from passengers. In the boarding line for the flight from Sydney to Cairns, the fellow behind me said, Just cant wait to start diving, eh?

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