I just stuff it in my bag and packed clothes around it. Didn't see a need to tape the ends but certainly wouldn't hurt. And I had it in my checked back. Really anymore I almost always check all my gear. I have never had a problem with any of it and its just easier. In fact anymore the only time I don't check my rods and reels is if I am only going to have a carry on and no checked bags at all just to save time at the arrival airport. But if I am checking a bag and going to have to wait anyway then I just put my rods and reels in there.This is brilliant. Did you just tape the ends? And did you have that as a carry on or as a checked bag?