The short answer is, it depends on the airline, but you will more than likely be able to bring your poster tube on the plane. You can typically put the tube (as one of your 2 carry-ons) above in the overhead compartment. The other issue is getting through security with something that resembles a bazooka, and we have heard horror stories about that!
We would never recommend that you check your poster as luggage- it could get crushed or lost. We can ship your poster directly to your hotel, and we do this on about a third of all the posters we print. It works well, the hotel will hold it for you.
All that aside, we recommend printing on our Foldable Fabric poster material. The printing color and quality is great, the same as our paper, and it has the advantage of being able to fold up into a small package which you can then place into your carry on bag.
Very often that will save you the cost of checking a bag, it allows you to keep your poster with you the whole trip, and you’ll breeze through security. Foldable Fabric posters make travel easy! We’ve had terrific acceptance of our Foldable Fabric posters, for good reason!
Have a question? Feel free to give us a call and one of our professional graphic designers can assist you- 800.590.7850.