(Closed) Wedding dress vs airport security

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i feel like it’ll have to go through the belt, they won’t let you carry anything, even a jacket when you’re cold. i  wouldn’t imagine that it should be too bad after just a few seconds in there, you’ll have it hanging the whole plane ride after. do you have a steamer back up plan when you get to the hotel just in case?

Post # 5
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Call your airline and ask them if you can have some sort of special treatment. It can’t hurt to ask and you can’t be the first bride to travel with her dress.

Post # 6
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i think you’re in stressed out freak-out mode, honestly. getting smooshed for 3.2 seconds will not ruin your dress, i promise. take a deep breath… you’re getting married soon!

Post # 7
5497 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I traveled with 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses last week. Yes. They made me put it on the belt, but I had no problems otherwise. The dresses traveled fine, and looked okay once we got them where they needed to be. I’m guessing your dress will be okay  since it will be in a heavier duty garment bag. = )


ETA-Push your dress through BEFORE your other stuff. Then you can control the possibility of it getting smooshed.

Post # 9
5 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hello there,

I recently had to carry my dress on a plane from ATL (where I bought it) to Florida (where I live). I had no problem carrying it through security. I did have to place it on the belt and nothing happened to it. Just pick it up as soon as it comes through on the other side.

In fact, it was an interesting experience because ppl kept asking me if the garment bag had a wedding dress in it and I got a bunch of congrats. It caught me off guard but I noticed you get a ton of smiles for being a bride.

Definitely contact your airline and make sure they even have a captain’s closet or make sure it’s big enough for the dress. My airline didn’t have a closet but it fit fine in the overhead. Even if it gets crinkled, just set up an appointment in advance with your resort to get it steamed.

Post # 10
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m guessing it will have to go on the belt and if it doesn’t fit, they will probably open it.  There is no way they will let you carry it, since they don’t even let you carry a jacket.

And I agree with the others that you should have some type of wrinkle release plan when you get there because it might be wrinkled from being in the bag for a while.

Post # 11
19 posts
  • Wedding: July 2007

The flight crew is usually very accommodating when they know that you are a destination bride. We didn’t fly first class and they let me put my dress in the first class closet. I don’t think that it’s asking too much at all to request this treatment for such a special occasion. Congratulations and good luck!

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