Originally Posted by Cycle Pilot
Thanks for all the input. I've got another question. Does the clip that holds your flight case detach from the bag when you're checking the bag or not carrying a flight case? From the online pictures, it looks like it's permanently attached to the bag with a screw. Seems like that clip might get in the way if you can't detach it from the bag.
As you have heard from previous responses - the hook does not detach. There are; however, two opposing zippers so you can put the hook into the bag and zipper it shut from both sides.
I strongly recommend everyone who gate checks a PNT bag do the following:
1. Put the hook in the bag and zipper it shut from both sides.
2. Use the velcro strap to secure your handle in the down position.
In over 10 years of use the only damage to my bags was from gate checking them (maybe ramp guys do not like Pilot bags) but by taking these two steps you can mimimize the chance of damage to your bag.