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how do you carry tripod head on airport?

 
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Jun 26, 2013 11:43 |  #1

i just thought, if im taking my tripod and tripod head with me (manfrotto 3-way head) to italy, won't it look like a gun in the x-ray machine? have you encounter my problem? i dont want to be taken to an invesigation room because the security guys thought I am carrying a gun..


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Jun 26, 2013 11:51 |  #2

I don't recall ever having taken a tripod on a plane, but your right, when I carry my tripod, in its case, I always think someone is going to think I'm carrying a rifle. And though the x-ray machine is the last place I'd be concerned (there it will look like a tripod, if not, they will open the bag and you're done) I would check my tripod, not carry it on. I carry on my sensitive camera gear because I don't want that be in the cold unpressurized cargo hold, but I wouldn't worry about a tripod if it was packed well. I used to always pack my skies in their bag surrounded by socks, and long underwear, I'd do something similar with a tripod. The only exception would be if I wasn't checking anything.


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Jun 26, 2013 12:06 as a reply to  @ hairy_moth's post |  #3

I ALWAYS pull my Manfroto head (#3047) off of my Bogen (#3033) anytime I fly.
I've never, ever had any issues. Cept for that one time that I was asked to open the back of my 30D. :lol:


  
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Jun 26, 2013 12:14 |  #4

I always spin the ballhead off the tripod, put the tripod legs in my checked baggage with my clothes, and carry the head in my cabin bag. Never had a problem (yet).


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Jun 26, 2013 12:19 |  #5

Tomi Hawk wrote in post #16066818 (external link)
I've never, ever had any issues. Cept for that one time that I was asked to open the back of my 30D. :lol:

LOL.. How's you get out of that one? I would have told the guy I had 1000ASA film in it. All my film was 1000ASA when I went through airport security (wink wink) otherwise they would insist that you put it through the x-ray machine.


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Jun 26, 2013 12:47 |  #6

hairy_moth wrote in post #16066854 (external link)
LOL.. How's you get out of that one? I would have told the guy I had 1000ASA film in it. All my film was 1000ASA when I went through airport security (wink wink) otherwise they would insist that you put it through the x-ray machine.

I took a picture of the incompetent tsa employee who requested it, then I showed it to her. ;)
Apparently, she had never seen a DLSR. This was just last November 2012.


  
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Jun 26, 2013 13:01 |  #7

I regularly travel with my monopod in my carryon bag and it's never been a problem. Only once in a hundred flights was I asked to demonstrate what it was. My cameras and lenses travel in my camera bag. I was asked recently to open my 70-200 2.8 w/tc attached on a flight out of Boston.


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Jun 26, 2013 15:29 |  #8

Tomi Hawk wrote in post #16066918 (external link)
I took a picture of the incompetent tsa employee who requested it, then I showed it to her. ;)

Any competent security person would not allow you to point an object at them and then press a button.


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Jun 27, 2013 04:35 |  #9

I always carry my tripods into the plane with me. I've only ever had an issue one time (with a tiny little Optex T-25), due to a complete and utter tool of a power-tripping security guy. Other than that, even my small but full-size carbon tripod with the ballhead (and, surprisingly, spiked feet!!) has made it onto airplanes...then again, I mostly travel around Asia, Europe and Canada (not the US).


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Jun 27, 2013 06:38 |  #10

peter_n wrote in post #16066838 (external link)
I always spin the ballhead off the tripod, put the tripod legs in my checked baggage with my clothes, and carry the head in my cabin bag. Never had a problem (yet).

Same here.




  
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Jun 27, 2013 06:45 |  #11

peter_n wrote in post #16066838 (external link)
I always spin the ballhead off the tripod, put the tripod legs in my checked baggage with my clothes, and carry the head in my cabin bag. Never had a problem (yet).

Same here, never an issue, and so far, only once in years of flying did an inspector ever ask me to open my camera bag (ThinkTank Airport Security) and even then she just did a cursory glance, didn't move anything.


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