How To Carry-On An Irish Dance Dress On An Airplane

05.15.09

After going to a lot of Feiseanna this year on many different airlines (Delta, United, Frontier, American, Skywest... ), I now know that taking an Irish dance solo dress as carry-on luggage is not a big deal at all.

I've never once been stopped at customs, but here are a couple things I've always done to keep the attention away from the large dress bag:

1. Slide the dress inside to one side of the bag and fold over the edges to make the carry-on item small enough to easily slide through the x-ray machine.

2. Make sure that the only other thing you are taking as carry-on is very small (purse or mini backpack size).

3. Have all metals and liquids out and in plastic bags beforehand, shoes and coat off very quickly so you are not slowing down the line.

If you do these 3 things, your chances of getting through without a word about your spunky dress are much better. As I said, I've never been asked about it.

Keep in mind, my dress bag's full width when laid flat is 48" and the dress is very light. If yours is larger or a lot heavier you may have more troubles than I have. Only way to tell is to give it a try.

Article written by Shelly Allen
Photo by Shelly Allen Photography

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