But if your destination precludes you traveling on a U.S.-based carrier, look out. Most foreign-based airlines are not _your friend if you're an angler with gear. As best I could determine, checking that one personal bag, tackle bag and rod case could cost you up to $600 round trip (Air France). In fact, when I asked a Lufthansa agent about the "one fishing rod" provision, he said counter agents _would open a rod tube to check — and would charge you $150 (each way) per rod! (By the way, Lufthansa charges the same amount to take a surfboard as one fishing rod.) Emirates will nick you $700 round trip for a rod tube longer than 62 linear inches.