Flying To The UK With OW
I'm having my OW delivered to Florida, in time for my vacation. I will then be returning Home to the UK on British Airways. Will I be able to bring it back with me on the plane?
Not sure what the airline's policy is with batteries.....
@NikJL this doesn't sound look too encouraging;
J-Glide last edited by
@NikJL I was told by US airport authorities, that if you were to check the board and it got through security somehow that they don't insure anything more than $300 for items checked. I don't know about the UK, but I'm sure most airlines are the same.
Also, I tried taking one as a carry on last month and it was a no go. Before the damn Chinese exploding piles of crap, I was able to just carry it on any plane.
marcelo last edited by
I was in China last year.. When coming back to my country, the airport security didn't let me take my Airwheel with me, so I had to take off the battery and leave it there.. When back in Brazil I got new batteries. Problem solved.
You can take your Onewheel with you in plane, but without the bateries.. Problem is this batteries are Li-phospate, I think are more difficult to find in UK. I recommend you post your onewheel by mail to yourself in UK.. Your gonna get it a feel days later
tmock12 last edited by
I tried checking it through British Airways as a skateboard, no go. So then I tried checking it through Lufthansa as film equipment, no go. In both cases they knew exactly what it was. What makes it worse is now I can't find anyone that will ship it air freight to Europe. USPS and DHL said no go. So my brother is having fun holding onto my board until I can find a way to get it to Europe.
J-Glide last edited by
Holy crap that sucks for you! Great for your brother though. Hahaha.....
I'm not positive, but I think if you unplug the OneWheel battery it has to be re-calibrated.
Thanks everyone - I'm not sure what the best option is. If I ordered the OW from Future Motion straight to the UK, it would travel by plane and there wouldn't be any issues....so some couriers / airlines must be ok with it.
The batteries can't be taken out can they?
thegreck last edited by
@NikJL Not easily, and I think it might void the warranty. It's in a watertight case.
@thegreck thanks, I thought that might be the case.
tmock12 last edited by
@NikJL any luck?
foregetyourfeet last edited by
@NikJL how did you go?
@foregetyourfeet I have left it in the USA, a family member said they will try taking it back for me when they return. Will let you know if they succeed. Missing it a lot!
I'm interested to hear how you get on with this.
I've been contemplating buying a OW for the last few months, but the shipping charge / import tax for the UK is just too much.
I'm heading to Orlando in September, and I see Ron Jon Surf Shops sell OW over the counter. I'd love to pick one up there and put it in a suitcase for travelling home.
There are also 10% off vouchers for Ron Jon online, so it'd be cheaper still.
I saw a thread about removing the wheel. This would make it much easier to pack - as it could even be split across 2 cases. We're flying Virgin Premium, so get extra baggage allowance. I'd need to check the dimensions of the OW versus the dimensions of my cases to make sure it'd fit!
Polle last edited by
Future Motion Always stated that when the Wheel is taken off, the OW needs calibration, so I think this will not be possible...
The thread where the guy took the wheel of and changed the tire has no mention of recalibration.
He said it just worked fine.
I just wish there was a UK or European distributed that I could purchase from so that I don't have to pay $300 shipping and around £300 import tax!
@p3eps There are dealers in Europe. On the website if you click on dealers / distributors then type in UK, there are shops listed in the Netherlands, France and I think Germany. Once you have the name of the dealer google them, they have their own websites. I found a few would ship to the UK. Although I'm still hoping mine will come back from Florida next month !
I have found a shop in Amsterdam and one in Austria that sell online and ship to the UK for free.
It's €1699, which works out to be about £1340.
With the price of the dollar at the moment, this is pretty much the same price as it would cost from the US including shipping. That's before I have any import charges... so I'd probably end up about £300 better off ordering from Europe.
Now, the real question is - should I spend £1340 on a Onewheel without having ever stepped on one?! £1340 is a LOT of money!
lilje last edited by
@p3eps Can u tell what shop sells it online. Would like to get one from europe because of the fees and shipping. I'm from finland.
jordo last edited by
@p3eps The answer to your 'real question' is YES. I ordered mine a month ago after a ton of research (over a year) but no test drives. WORTH EVERY PENNY!! Once you get on it you'll kick yourself for waiting...
Polle last edited by Polle
@p3eps yep, I saw it also, good to know! And indeed it's a lot of extra money...
I also doubted over a year before buying and i'm soooo glad I did it!