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Old May 1, 2011, 3:21 PM   #1
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Has anyone got any experience of taking a tripod on a plane?

I want to take my tripod with me next time I fly but I don't know if it can be carried as cabin baggage or whether it will have to be checked in. I tried ringing the airline but the guy on the other end couldn't seem to understand what I was talking about.

Any information would be helpful.

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Old May 3, 2011, 4:07 PM   #2
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I've only traveled twice with my tripod so I don't have much experience with this. I just came back from Cuba with my Benro C-068M8 Travel Angle and Crumpler 7 Million as carry on. Had no problems. A while back I flew to Miami with my Lowpro Mini Trekker and Gitzo 1227 in a Think Tank Bazooka with no problems.

Here's how I carried on my Crumpler and Benro.

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I make a number of business trips a year. I do toss my tripod in my carry on luggage and take the camera in my photo backpack. I have never had a problem.

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check the TSA.gov website and see if that is any help. My hunch would be if you can put inside a suite case you;d be better off that having it hanging on the outside of a bag

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You are allow to bring your tripod if it is under 20 inches. It is just a pain to carry it loose. If it fits on a carryon trolley. I would pack it.

I never carry on my tripod. It is just added weight for moving around the airport. I normally check it with my luggage.
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Has anyone got any experience of taking a tripod on a plane?

I want to take my tripod with me next time I fly but I don't know if it can be carried as cabin baggage or whether it will have to be checked in. I tried ringing the airline but the guy on the other end couldn't seem to understand what I was talking about.

Any information would be helpful.

Thanks

one does not need a tripod on a plane,

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Old May 9, 2011, 12:32 AM   #7
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This is why - Air France, 5D on a tripod (see end of video).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j36Erxd5rc

Originally posted on Yahoo. Not mine, but wish I could.
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I would just check it with my luggage. It's not like you will need it during the flight, plus why carry it around if you don't have to?
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The question there is what kind of tripod is it.?
A relative inexpensive one or an expensive one like a Carbon Fiber Gitzo.
No chance in hades I would send my CF Gitzo into checked luggage unless it was protected from damage in a locked pelican case, and then I'd still worry about theft or loss.

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Old Jun 9, 2011, 3:56 PM   #10
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Default Tripods on a plane

Thanks for the advice guys!

In the end I put the tripod inside a suitecase (the wife was not pleased!) rather than risk not being allowed to take it on the plane. I did ask at check-in if it would have been allowed as carry on baggage but I did not get a definite answer. I think it depended on security when going through to departures.

It is not an expensive model ( a Velbon CX200) but it works for me and my Panasonic FZ100 and I would be sorry to lose it.

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