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Jun 22, 2012 16:03 |  #1

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I'm travelling by air soon and want to take a tripod. I'm pretty sure I can't take it in hand luggage sue to length, so will stick it in my case. Will airport security say anything about it in my bag i.e pull it all out and search it or something? Any help is appreciated


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Jun 22, 2012 16:08 |  #2

At least at major airports, the TSA has probably seen enough tripods in suitcases to recognize what it is. If you're flying out of somewhere where you have to walk your bag over to the TSA, it probably wouldn't hurt to tell the person that they'll see tubular shapes in your bag and that it's a tripod.

I've done this at some airports and have often got an "Ok, Thanks!" from the inspector. Of course, I've also had my bag searched despite the heads up. It's a random thing so there's not much you can do about it...


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Jun 22, 2012 16:11 |  #3

Some security people in airports in other countries look upon tripods as blunt instruments, and will force you to check it.

The TSA is variable regarding this in the US. I would pack it and check it.


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Jun 22, 2012 16:11 |  #4

I can see how the confusion would arise! Tripods of course are always getting confused with weapons!


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Jun 22, 2012 16:12 |  #5

Anyone with experience in a UK airport?


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Jun 22, 2012 16:14 |  #6

breney wrote in post #14617592 (external link)
Anyone with experience in a UK airport?

You might have mentioned this from the start...


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Jun 22, 2012 16:14 |  #7

I've always checked it with the exception of one time last year when going to D.C. for work. I carried on because I was only there for 2 days. TSA asked to inspect my bag. I said "Oh, my tripod"? He said no, your toothpaste. Accidentally packed my large tube and not my travel one :)

I'd just be careful...some could view it has a weapon.


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Jun 22, 2012 16:17 |  #8

Sorry at FlyingPhotog, I originally thought it was the same rules worldwide


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Jun 22, 2012 16:18 |  #9

It varies from TSA agent to TSA agent. Some will let it through and some won't. Best thing to do is to check it instead of dealing with TSA.


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Jun 22, 2012 16:46 as a reply to  @ RHChan84's post |  #10

breney wrote in post #14617592 (external link)
Anyone with experience in a UK airport?

I went trough Heathrow but tripod was on checked luggage. Save yourself from potential problems.


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Jun 22, 2012 17:05 |  #11

I pack mine, I figure it's better than handing to one of them at the gate and hoping they'll do the right thing with it.




  
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Jun 23, 2012 03:12 |  #12

I've experienced far too many inconsistencies in TSA rule enforcement, both by TSA agents and international folks who are simply too uninformed to know better, to risk the loss of a tripod. They can have my water bottle. Try to confiscate my tripod and it will become a weapon.


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Jun 23, 2012 07:13 as a reply to  @ breney's post |  #13

In U.K i think no airports allows tripod in hand luggage. Last week i went to Malta and i have Manfrotto190 series and i've been told to put my tripod in in check in baggage.That was in London Luton, same as my brother was going through Heathrow and they did not allow tripod in hand luggage.




  
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Jun 23, 2012 09:45 |  #14

breney wrote in post #14617583 (external link)
I can see how the confusion would arise! Tripods of course are always getting confused with weapons!

Yep. An extended tripod with spikes on all legs would probably make quite a nice spear...

I always pack the legs now in checked luggage wherever I go. Spin off the ballhead and carry it in your camera bag so if the tripod gets nicked all you lose are the legs.


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Jun 23, 2012 09:56 |  #15

I fly with them all the time always in checked luggage have flown out of Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast City and International and never had a single issue.

Put your location in your profile, even though this is an international forum owned by Pekka in Helsinki, Finland. The number of posters from the USA tend to make them think that everyone is in the USA hence all the TSA Posts.


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