Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
Another travel alternative is the chainopod. Once attached to the camera, drop the chain to the ground, step on it, and pull gently up on the camera. Not quite as steady as a monopod, but it's easily concealed in a jacket pocket. You could also use the stealth model, made from black rope.

What a cool Idea! Never seen it, never done it, would be trying to find a pole to lean against.
I have a monopod I use all the time. Have been asked to get rid of it on a couple occasions. 99% of the time it is not a problem. I'd say go for it and if they ask squeeze the shutter then comply. Or ask them if they would hold very still while you use their shouder to secure your camera.