Last year, I overheard a couple of TSA agents at LAX discussing the subject of tripods.
Originally Posted by Andrew Moxom
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.