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Monopod travel question
PJ Heller, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 8:32 PM on 08.19.11
->> Quick question: Will the TSA allow you to take a monopod with you in your carry-on bag?
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 9:02 PM on 08.19.11
->> I've flown with a monopod or a tripod strapped to the outside of my camera backpack, or with them inside a carryon numerous times without a hitch.

Airports this year so far have included Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle, Washington DC, Denver, Albuquerque and Salt Lake City. A monopod is no more of a risk than a cane.
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Jason Watson, Photographer
Palo Alto | CA | USA | Posted: 1:04 AM on 08.20.11
->> Add SFO, DFW, YVR, YUL, ANC, RDU, CHO, PHL, and DFW to that list. Zero problems with my Gitzo travel monopod in my checked bag.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 1:14 AM on 08.20.11
->> none here either....but don't ask bert......8)
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Al Diaz, Photographer
Miami | Fl | USA | Posted: 1:25 AM on 08.20.11
->> It raises a few eyebrows but I never have any problems out of Miami.
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David A. Cantor, Photographer, Photo Editor
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 1:25 AM on 08.20.11
->> Gee, if only there was a photographer who blogged about flying, especially with photo gear...
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PJ Heller, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 1:46 AM on 08.20.11
->> Thanks all. Guess I'm good to go.
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Francis Specker, Photographer
Riverside | CA | USA | Posted: 5:02 AM on 08.20.11
->> I would suggest you don't carry it on the plane. The TSA may not allow it and if you were late, you would not have time to check it in as luggage and may incur charges as many airlines charge for checked baggage.

It is really up to the TSA agent. On a recent trip I had to convince the TSA agent that it was a piece of photographic equipment, but she could of easily said that I need to check it in.

I would rather not have to do that again and play it safe.

According to the TSA, tools greater than 7 inches in length are prohibited from carry-on. A monopod could be construed as that.

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-item...
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 9:44 AM on 08.20.11
->> I consider TSA agents tools.....
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Ray Anderson, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 10:03 AM on 08.20.11
->> When my legs are about to die on me I use the monpod as a cane.
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Michael Granse, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 2:53 PM on 08.22.11
->> Careful, Chuck, you could get visited by TSA guys in black suits for making comments like that :)
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Gavin Werbeloff, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 11:09 PM on 08.22.11
->> I'd put it in your checked bag. If you try carrying it on, you never know what sort of mood you'll find a TSA officer in, and the regs tend to be what ever that specific TSA officer feels like making them at that minute.
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Daniel Goncalves, Photographer
Jacksonville | FL | USA | Posted: 1:10 PM on 08.26.11
->> I had an issue in Toronto YYZ with a medium sized canoe paddle (don't ask). It was a bit of a drama. After calling out supervisor he said, just do bring it on again.

No one had a clue what it was. It's pretty obvious it's a paddle (was kind of fun pretending to paddle on the movator on the way to the gate, no one else thought it was funny).

Haven't tried a monopod yet. I wonder because my gitzo has a spike under the rubber foot.

Wonder if that would make a difference.

P.S. I double that tsa guys can be tools (most of the time).
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 3:21 PM on 08.26.11
->> I have one problem with a monopod in the last 11 years of about 16 airplane trips a year in new orleans that was it.
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