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    Tripod... check in luggage or carry-on?

    Okay I used to pack my tripod with the rest of my luggage when flying, and carry on my camera and film. However, I wondered what the consensus was regarding carrying on my camera bag and tripod??? Especially nowadays with all the restrictions on what can and cannot be taken into the cabin. Is a tripod verboten as carryon?

    I'm flying to the UK on Dec 26th and wanted to make sure.

    Anyone have the inside track on this?

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    You should check with the airline they all seem to have thier own limits. I remember Air Canada allowed a camera bag in addition to the normal carryon but tripods wouldn't be allowed.

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    Being fairly compact myself,
    not needing a tall tripod,
    my travel tripod rides inside my suitcase.

    Do you have some sort of case or bag for the tripod ?

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    Check with the airline. TSA regs permit tripods as carry on, but the airline does NOT necessarily adhere to TSA, they can be more restrictive in size and weight and quantity of items.

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    I always check it. At a busy travel time like this, it's not worth the hassle of having to go back to the check-in counter, if security tells you you can't bring it on the plane.
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    I always check my tripod. Never a problem but the awesome TSA screwballs always open my luggage to check it out.

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    Have a great trip!
    If they (thanks Alitalia) lost your luggage you could always buy a tripod (and pants and shoes). Not ideal but one advantage over going to the Sahara.
    You do realize that the airlines $ responsibility to you would not cover your clothing never mind the bag itself and equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Moxom View Post

    Anyone have the inside track on this?
    Last year, I overheard a couple of TSA agents at LAX discussing the subject of tripods.

    The essence of their discussion was

    a. The official TSA rules are unclear and leave it to the discretion of the inspectors. The operable rule appears to be that objects that are 'weapon-like' are not allowed.

    b. One inspector thought that tripods could be used as clubs and should not be allowed.

    c. The other inspector disagreed and thought they were perfectly OK.

    d. Rather than resolve their disagreement, they went for coffee.
    Louie

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    I'm with David (both of them). Most tripods can collapse enough to fit in airline permitted carry-ons, but the TSA rules seem to be subject to the screener's whims. You can buy additional insurance for the checked bag if you are nervous about them covering it if the worst happens.

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    I made the mistake once of saying my RB67 was "loaded" without thinking. That was a major mistake.

    TSA obviously selects their employees from a list of rejected WalMart greeter applicants.
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