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Tripods in carry-on?

 
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Aug 19, 2011 17:38 as a reply to  @ post 12954610 |  #16

What kind of tripod?

I was flying Air New Zealand a couple of months ago and thought I'd ask at the check in desk before I got to security. My tripod has some pretty sharp metal spikes on the bottom so they said to check it with the main luggage. If you don't pack it into a suitcase with lots of clothes, ask them to put a fragile tag on it. It might still be thrown around but at least it's less likely to have 300kg of other people's suitcases on top.




  
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Aug 19, 2011 17:47 |  #17

I have carried my cf tripod on several flights an I've also checked it. I prefer to check it.


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Aug 22, 2011 11:18 |  #18

For anybody else asking the same question: The only issues I've ever had with the TSA is with film, where I've had to ask them to hand check it. You may have an issue on the way back if you're coming from other countries, but I highly doubt it. Like everybody else has said, if they do happen to give you a problem just put the tripod in check in. A normal tripod with no sharp edges shouldn't give you any issues.


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Aug 22, 2011 16:53 |  #19

There's really no need to have film hand-checked unless it's 1600 or higher ISO. Just never pack the film in your checked luggage because those scanners will ruin the film in one pass.


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Aug 23, 2011 09:53 |  #20

Birchwood wrote in post #12964922 (external link)
What kind of tripod?

I was flying Air New Zealand a couple of months ago and thought I'd ask at the check in desk before I got to security. My tripod has some pretty sharp metal spikes on the bottom so they said to check it with the main luggage. If you don't pack it into a suitcase with lots of clothes, ask them to put a fragile tag on it. It might still be thrown around but at least it's less likely to have 300kg of other people's suitcases on top.

Answered earlier in the thread, but it's a carbon fiber. I checked it since it was too unwieldy to strap onto my carry-on, and I detached the head since I was assuming the baggage guys would throw it around. No issues.


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Aug 23, 2011 13:13 |  #21

whotaketh wrote in post #12984308 (external link)
Answered earlier in the thread, but it's a carbon fiber.

And I have a steel car. Doesn't really say much about what kind it is.




  
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Aug 23, 2011 20:57 |  #22

It doesn't really matter what it's made out of, I've never had an issue with my tripod at all. The best thing to do if your really worried about it is to call ahead and see if they have any issues with it.


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Aug 23, 2011 21:05 |  #23
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I put it in my backpack every time.


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Sep 07, 2011 23:08 |  #24

I always throw my tripod in checked luggage. My camera/lenses/batterie​s/remote/flashes stay with me on my carry on. I've never had any problems




  
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Sep 08, 2011 08:04 |  #25

no issues on my international flight to Spain.


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Sep 09, 2011 19:21 |  #26

I always carry mine strapped to my roller




  
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Apr 30, 2012 09:52 |  #27

I wouldn't guarantee that it will be OK. I've travelled all over the place with my tripod in my carry-on without any issues, but, recently I was stopped for carrying it. I needed to leave security a re-check it in as luggage at my extra cost. I had already put my bags through so had no way of padding or protecting it inside a larger suitcase. From what I understand it is down to the local laws and discression of the airport.


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May 03, 2012 19:16 |  #28

I put mine (RRS 34L) in my checked bag.




  
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May 04, 2012 06:51 |  #29

im thinking of leaving it at home... but thought of if it would be allowed on carry on...


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Sep 18, 2012 00:21 as a reply to  @ TeleFragger's post |  #30

My RRS 34L and BH 55 go in checked, never had a problem but I have a hard shell case.


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