Air Travel - Tripods allowed or not?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by [KS], Jul 8, 2004.

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    [KS] Guest

    After the strict rules for not allowing specific things in the inflight
    baggage, I am in double mind to take my Manfrotto tripod in my
    in-flight baggage or store it in my check-in baggage.

    Does anybody know about the airlines rules for taking tripods in the
    inflight baggage? And you know the Manfrotto ones are not small to go

    [KS], Jul 8, 2004
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    Rich Pos Guest

    Checked in baggage for sure.
    The best thing you can do is put the tripod in it's own bag otherwise
    your baggage will be opened and likely tossed all about. Likely they
    won't even bother closing the latches or zipper.
    Don't be surprised if the rubber stops off the bottom of the legs are
    removed / missing / askew.

    So far TSA is 4 for 4 messing up a bag holding the tripod.

    Rich Pos, Jul 8, 2004
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    Carol Guest

    You can carry on a monopod, or a dipod if you buy an extra ticket.
    Tripods go with the luggage.
    Carol, Jul 8, 2004
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    Justin Kase Guest

    Yes, as long as they are not loaded!!!
    Justin Kase, Jul 8, 2004
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    Jim Guest

    Ask your airline. When I asked they said no. It was checked and it was
    opend and inspected.
    Jim, Jul 8, 2004
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    Bob Salomon Guest

    I fly several times a month, mostly on Continental, with a tripod in my
    checked case all the time.

    No problems other then having had the case opened and inspected a few
    times - not necessarily because of the tripod.

    On the other hand, in the past, I frequently carried on light stands
    and/or tripods -without cases - and put them in the overhead. I seemed
    to frequently leave them when in a rush to get to a connecting flight as
    they disappear in the overhead.

    If someone has access to lost and found at the FAA they might find
    several new Bron stands and Foba tripods that I have lost over the years.

    By checking them in I have never lost one or had any refused transit.
    Bob Salomon, Jul 8, 2004
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    Arthur Small Guest

    Check with TSA. I traveled with a tripod attached to my wheeled camera bag
    to China and Eastern Europe. No problems.
    Arthur Small, Jul 8, 2004
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    Roger Guest

    I frequently travel with a rollaboard duffle loaded with camera gear
    and a Bogen/Manfrotto Carbon Fiber tripod. I've never had a carry-on
    question. My home base is O'Hare and the tripod has been to Bangkok,
    San Francisco, Portland, and a few others. No guarantees, but I
    haven't had a problem myself.

    I also put it in checked luggage, but that's not locked now.

    Hope this helps.

    Roger, Jul 8, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Forget taking it on board as carry-on in todays environment.

    I've taken my tripod in checked baggage several times. No
    problem. For packing I removed the head and stuffed it in a
    running shoe, and interspesed socks within the leg area of the pod.

    Don't forget what ever tool you might need for reassembly if you
    remove the head (eg: a small blade screwdriver for the three
    tightening screws on the bottom that many manfrotto heads have.
    For a short while you can get away without tightening these, but
    they might vibrate loose and get lost, and the head may come
    loose (unlikely)).

    Alan Browne, Jul 8, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Actually, your best bet is to call the airline in question and ask them
    their policies on tripods. I carried mine on, strapped to my camera bag,
    two years ago right after 9/11. I had no problems, but I checked with both
    airlines I'd be travelling with so as not to leave anything to chance.
    Matt Clara, Jul 8, 2004
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "[KS]"
    Assuming you are in the USA, the TSA has a list of banned carry-on items.
    Tripods aren't on the list. I've emailed them asking specifically if tripods
    are allowed as carry-on and they said basically 'OK so long as they do not have
    sharp edges', presumably on the feet.

    Despite what others have said here my wife and I have carried on two Gitzo
    tripods on numerous flights, a 1325 and 1348 (ie, full sized models). These
    are counted as one of the small personal items (in one bag). Never had a

    Bill Hilton, Jul 8, 2004
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    Tomgo1 Guest

    Depends on the AIRPORT
    West Palm beach Fla YES
    Fort Lauderdale Fla NO

    go figure? of course that was last time who knows for the next trip.
    Tomgo1, Jul 8, 2004
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    Doug Payne Guest

    Does anybody know about the airlines rules for taking tripods in the
    In Canada, and probably elsewhere, it has nothing to do with the airline. It's
    dependent on airport security. I've been unable to pass security in Toronto
    with a carry-on tripod for the past couple of years. I went so far as to go to
    the security gate before checking in and show them the tripod. The answer was
    "put it in your checked-in baggage, you can't carry it on".
    Doug Payne, Jul 8, 2004
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    [KS] Guest

    With all kind of experiences enlisted here, I think I will keep it in
    the checked baggage completely cushioned.

    Asking the airline doesn't really help much. It happened to me one time
    that the airline said it was OK, but the airport security did allow it.
    Luckily, I had a friend drop me off and left the tripod with him to pick
    it up next time.

    Thanks for all your input.
    [KS], Jul 8, 2004
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    [KS] Guest

    That just confirms it. I do frequent Toronto and Montreal. So checked-in
    baggage it is.

    [KS], Jul 8, 2004
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    Lyndi Guest

    I recently flew from Boston's Logan Airport to Baltimore (BWI) and I
    took my 2 tripods as a carry-on. One was in the original box and the
    other was in a tripod bag. I had absolutly no problems when going
    through security at both airports.

    Lyndi, Jul 8, 2004
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    Don Bruder Guest

    What I can't figure out is why it's an issue at all??? For "ultra jumbo"
    or non-collapsible tripods that can't be secured anywhere in the cabin
    without blocking traffic or interfering with operations, it only makes
    sense to restrict them to the luggage/cargo hold, but what kind of
    security risk does the typical collapsible camera tripod present???

    What's next? To board a plane, you have to be naked, shaved bald, and
    empty handed?

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The terrorists aren't
    "winning". Nor are they "on the run". Quite the contrary: They've
    already achieved total victory. Idiotic rules banning a camera tripod as
    a security risk are all the proof of that statement that's needed.
    Don Bruder, Jul 8, 2004
  18. None, security risk is not really the issue.

    Let me give a slightly different example. There was a free Lyle Lovett
    concert on the 4th. It was in battery park and we brought a picnic. We
    were not allowed in since we had *forks*. Now remember, this is not an
    airplane, where I can dismantle the window with my fork, this is a
    bloody city park. Somehow I was a threat with this nasty medium sized
    metal fork. So on the 4th of July, to celebrate our freedom and
    independence, we sat across the street. Perhaps a threat to passers
    by, but the people in the park were safe from our nasty fork. (I won't
    even mention my 3" rounded bread knife, your heart may not take the

    Risk reduction is a goal, but not the major one. Or, rather, the risk
    is not hijacking and stuff, the risk is that they will get accused of
    doing nothing. A system which was just as effective that did not
    discomfort people would be worse. By making our lives difficult they
    can claim they are trying hard. And isn't that one of Shrub's claims:
    that doing something, even the bloody stupidly wrong thing, is better
    than questioning the situation?
    Not total, but they are winning.
    Matt Silberstein, Jul 8, 2004
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    John Reagan Guest

    Must have been there on a different day because in line right behind me
    at Logan was a woman taking a tripod in a carrier. One TSA agent (at
    the beginning of the line) said it was OK, but the one at the x-ray
    maching said she couldn't take it as a carry-on. After standing line
    for 30 minutes (and about to miss her flight), boy was she steaming (and
    rightly so). Last I saw of her, she was being escorted back to the
    non-secure area with her tripod.
    John Reagan, Jul 8, 2004
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    Frank Pittel Guest

    I had no problem taking a tripod with me in one of my carry on bags in May.

    : Hi,
    : After the strict rules for not allowing specific things in the inflight
    : baggage, I am in double mind to take my Manfrotto tripod in my
    : in-flight baggage or store it in my check-in baggage.

    : Does anybody know about the airlines rules for taking tripods in the
    : inflight baggage? And you know the Manfrotto ones are not small to go
    : undetected.

    : Thanks.


    Keep working millions on welfare depend on you
    Frank Pittel, Jul 9, 2004
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