Like us, you're a badminton player. And maybe like us, you'd like to play badminton wherever you go, including overseas. Then you're probably here looking for answers!
For those short on time, the answer is:
Technically no, but it depends on the airline and quite possibly, your airport location.
I'll tell you why.
For context, the hand-carry or cabin baggage dimensions reported by most airlines is a maximum length of 56cm (22") , width of 45cm (18") and depth of 25 cm(10") - 56 x 45 x 25cm. Airlines may differ slightly depending on which airline you're with but those dimensions will be fairly similar across the board.
A badminton racquet has a length around 67cm making it exceed the cabin baggage's maximum length.
However, based on my experience and many others, it's still possible to bring your racquet on as cabin baggage. To be fair, It's been a number of years since I've taken a racquet through as cabin baggage but I recall being able to when I flew to Australia from Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific.
As there's no one size fits all answer here, THE BEST THING TO DO if you want to travel with your racquet in cabbin baggage is to contact the airport & airline first.
If you don't, you have some options (realistic & less realistic):
So there you have it.
For those that must carry their racquets with them, the best option is:
Contact the airport & airline first.
For those looking for other options, the best option is:
Pack it appropriately in your checked baggage
If you haven't realised by now, Jeff and I love badminton. How we feel when we play the sport, the rich experiences that it has given us and the rock-solid connections we form as part of a community. Speaking of connecting with people, in this podcast episode, we speak to Ferdi Mak. Ferdi is long-time friend of ours, who we would not have met if it weren't for badminton.