I'll be arriving at Las Vegas for the start of a circular tour in October. I'm hoping I'll be able to bring my bike in a CTC plastic bike bag as shown here http://travellingtwo.com/resources/flying-with-a-bicycle-in-a-plastic-ctc-bag
I've used similar bags for European flights many times, with only the occasional dent as a result. I've no real concern about getting it on the plane in the UK, as I've always found staff at Manchester airport to be very helpful.
What is McCarran like for bike handling ? In my experience it's the ground staff rather than the individual airlines who can cause trouble. Are they OK ?
The bike can be a bit too big for some X-ray machines and I've had to have it manually swabbed for explosives a few times!
I've got a backup in the form of S&S couplings and a case, but that means I can't ride away from the airport and also that I need to find somewhere to stash the case for 4 weeks.
All advice welcome.