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When were Tripods banned from carry on?

Travel Forums General Talk When were Tripods banned from carry on?

1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

Okay, it doesn't surprise me considering the liquid thing.

But has anyone else had issues with carrying a tripod on board a plane?

No wonder I prefer overland. The last plane I took in the UK the security said I shouldn't be carrying a spare battery for my camera on board either.

Get a discount for not having any check in baggage. Then be told 30 mins later at security you can't bring a spare battery, nor a tripod. Loose everything. Better off going naked next time.

2. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

one bag only.....that was why. Take as much as you like so long as you only have one bag...

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Wouldn't a tripod inevitably get damaged if you checked it??

Airline travel is a pain in the ass these days. I think I'm going to start doing a Gelli on it

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

I've only had one problem with a tripod as carry-on and that was during a return trip from Jamaica. I had a telescoping tripod in my camera bag and the customs person at the Montego Bay airport tried to dismantle it completely to inspect it for drugs. It does not come apart - it's legs just telescope. She finally let it through but only after holding up the plane for 15 minutes. Most of the passengers were waiting in line behind me so the plane wasn't going anywhere. I was not on the "best passenger" list since everyone thought they were going to miss the flight - including me.

I do find the tripod thing a bit strange. Whether it's telescoping or rigid, that's odd. What did they think you were going to do - use it as weapon to bludgeon other passengers who couldn't figure out where to put their overhead things (thus blocking the aisle forever)? The battery I understand - don't necessarily agree - but understand...

New rules for batteries on planes go into effect Jan 1 2008

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

Quoting samsara2

Airline travel is a pain in the ass these days.

Yes it is, a giant one!

Quoting Isadora

New rules for batteries on planes go into effect Jan 1 2008

Really now one needs to have a degree in maths to work out what you can bring on board. Here's a link to the International Civil Aviation Organization(link is a pdf of the document) official updated document on what you can bring on board. Which conflicts with the above.

From what I can make out. A battery inside you device is fine, and not actually counted (defeats the purpose to be) Then, out side of that, you may carry up to two sets of batteries that power said device. Whether these need to be in separate bags and have stickers placed on them I don't quite get.

Now, my camera take 4 AA batteries. So according to them, the 4 inside my camera are fine. I can then carry another 2 sets of 4 meaning in total I will be taking 12 AA rechargeable batteries on board but no more. Am I right here?

Least I mention my charger/s!

The whole "tripod" dangerous weapon thing is equally ridiculous. If I want to take a short hop flight. I get a discount for not checking in luggage. I also don't carry that much. Now I have to bring a second bag just for a tripod, pad it out so it doesn't get damaged. Not to mention buy insurance for baggage for the short haul flight because for sure it's a small enough thing to go "missing."

Lastly if I go online or to the airline and ask them about any of this. They have no information. Yet the little uniformed person I nearly have to strip naked for at security seems to like to quote random things off that aren't listed anywhere. So you're left standing there like an idiot being quoted to with nothing to back you up, as it's "airline policy". Which isn't listed anywhere!

Alright rant over. But seriously its ridiculous. Meanwhile I can still buy a tripod on board! not to mention glass bottles!??? Where is the logic! And what to do about it?

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Mar-2009, at 21:12 by TLWH ]

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Airline travel is a GIANT pain in the ass these days

7. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

man, I don't know what I would do. I'm carrying a gitzo, those things aren't cheap. If I checked that on a plane and it got lost, whew... I would lose my mind.

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