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I have asked one of my friends to bring along a Squash racket for me from China, and he will be coming via Thai Airways.

He has shown the concern that the racket will be damaged if carried along.

So I would like to know is it possible to carry the racket through a carry-on backpack, or to carry it in hands?

P.S: Squash rackets have maximum dimensions of 686 mm (27.0 in) long and 215 mm (8.5 in) wide, with a maximum strung area of 500 square centimeters (77.5 sq in). And the weight is around 250g.

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    What’s wrong with carrying it in the cabin? It’s a daily common item. – Hanky Panky Aug 13 '19 at 12:48
  • @HankyPanky its length is 68cm, and what I have gathered from Google is: Cabin baggage should have a maximum length of 56 cm – Arslan Ali Aug 13 '19 at 12:53
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    I'd ask the airline; from the web site, there's no mention of tennis/squash rackets thaiairways.com/en_US/plan/travel_information/baggage.page – Max Aug 13 '19 at 13:52
  • @HankyPanky also based on conversations with some security, it might be considered a weapon by some :/ – Mark Mayo Aug 14 '19 at 22:51
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This forum post from 2011 says that the user contacted a Thai Airways representative in Hong Kong and was told that rackets should be checked-in since they exceed the allowed cabin baggage dimensions:

TENNIS RACQUETS:

"Due tennis racquet is over-sized than the allowance of cabin baggage, it is required to checked as a checkin baggage."

This does put you at risk of having to check-in the racket, since as you said

Squash rackets have maximum dimensions of 686 mm (27.0 in) long and 215 mm (8.5 in) wide

and the maximum allowed dimensions for carry-on luggage are:

maximum length 56 cm (22 inches), width 45 cm (18 inches), thickness 25 cm (10 inches).

To be sure, try tweeting Thai Airways asking them specifically about this problem. You might get an updated answer this way

As an alternative, the racket might just fit diagonally in a flat rectangular 56×45 cm box or carry on luggage, though -- and certainly would fit in the long diagonal of a 56×45×25 luggage. So you can try this solution.

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  • The racket might just fit diagonally in a flat rectangular 56×45 cm box, though -- and certainly would fit in the long diagonal of a 56×45×25 box. So keeping the box rectangular for the measurement would be the only problem. – hmakholm left over Monica Aug 27 '19 at 16:10

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