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Old Apr 18, 13, 2:32 pm   #1
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TSA Rule on Walking Sticks

Is there one? I haven't found it prohibited, or permitted. After a few emails to the TSA Service Center, I actually got an email from someone at TSA (whose return address doesn't work) who told me that they were not prohibited as long as they didn't have a knife or sword in them.

I'm going on vacation, and want to take my walking stick with me. Since I have several connections, I don't want to trust such an item to the baggage handlers (sorry Delta), so I want to take it on board.

If challenged, I'll produce the email, but there's no guarantee that the local agents will accept that as authority, in which case, I'll let them confiscate it (it can be replaced, and it's worth the $75 to me to hassle TSA).

Any suggestions, experiences, comments?

Thanks,
Carl

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Old Apr 18, 13, 3:30 pm   #2
  
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I am re reading your post and beginning to wonder if you actually meant to say what you wrote about the walking sticks that don't have hidden surprises in them.
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Old Apr 18, 13, 3:59 pm   #3
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I am re reading your post and beginning to wonder if you actually meant to say what you wrote about the walking sticks that don't have hidden surprises in them.

I may have been unclear.

The TSA letter said:

Dear Carl:
Thank you for your e-mail message of March 9, 2013, to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Contact Center asking if a walking stick is permitted aboard commercial aircraft.
Canes and walking sticks are not prohibited items and are allowed aboard aircraft after being screened at the checkpoint.
As a point of information, when TSA screens canes and walking sticks at the checkpoint, we occasionally discover a sword hidden in the length of the cane. In those instances, even when the passenger is completely surprised at our discovery, the walking stick is prohibited.
Thank you for your inquiry, and I hope this information is helpful.
Sincerely yours,

Daniel J. McCann
Office of Security Operations
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Old Apr 19, 13, 2:10 pm   #4
  
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OP, what kind of walking stick are you talking about? If it's a cane, which is typically around 3' long or so, I've seen MANY being taken through without incident. If it's a walking stick (generally 4'-5' in length), I've seen a TSA screener push back once, but ultimately let it through. I've seen a few inside the secure area in the Pac NW and Colorado, so they should also be fine.

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Old Apr 19, 13, 6:34 pm   #5
  
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I had to travel with a cane in February (BLI-LAS), and they ran it through the x-ray machine; they also had a cane available for me to use if I needed one while mine was inspected.

Once on-board the plane, my cane went into the overhead bin.
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Old Apr 25, 14, 2:44 pm   #6
  
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Walking stick on flights?

I'm a newbie so please forgive me if I post this in the wrong place.

I have been trying to figure out (by googling and searching here) if walking sticks are allowed as carry on luggage. Due to my familysituation I now have to travel from Europe to Asia and I am worried that the long-haul flight (economy) will trigger my condition.

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Old Apr 25, 14, 3:58 pm   #7
  
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If you're asking if they are allowed through security, the answer is yes.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/pract...ng-sticks.html

shouldn't be a problem on any airline, although check their sites or call to be sure. Can also check the airline-specific forum for information. I've seen plenty on United.
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Old Apr 26, 14, 10:41 pm   #8
  
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Don't bring your light saber walking stick: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/...ited_past.html
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Old Apr 27, 14, 10:55 am   #9
  
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TSA has nothing to do with this thread

OP you are fine. And usually what we define as crutches are different from what they commonly use in the US
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Old Apr 27, 14, 9:52 pm   #10
  
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Don't bring your light saber walking stick: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/...ited_past.html
This is hysterical if its correct. What is the permitted length? Do they determine that on the basis of patient height?

Presumably what really happened here was they took offense to what they perceived as a novelty item and thought that someone was testing their authority.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 11:11 am   #11
  
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Don't bring your light saber walking stick: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/...ited_past.html
Haha! I'll leve my light saber stick at home (although being extremely tall is not a problem of mine)

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OP you are fine. And usually what we define as crutches are different from what they commonly use in the US
Thanks! And curious about the difference?
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Haha! I'll leve my light saber stick at home (although being extremely tall is not a problem of mine)



Thanks! And curious about the difference?
Forearm crutches are pretty rare in the US, except for people with certain chronic conditions. In fact, they are often listed as Euro Crutches. Under arm crutches (which are difficult and painful to use) are more the norm than the exception in cases of injury, etc.
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Old Apr 29, 14, 2:06 pm   #13
  
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Forearm crutches are pretty rare in the US, except for people with certain chronic conditions. In fact, they are often listed as Euro Crutches. Under arm crutches (which are difficult and painful to use) are more the norm than the exception in cases of injury, etc.
Thanks again!
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Old May 5, 14, 1:53 pm   #14
  
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I had to fly with a cane a couple of years ago; I was handed a cane to use to get through security while mine was run through the x-ray, and that was that.
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I use a cane. It gets x-rayed with my carry-on. I have been asked by TSA agents if I can get to the scanner without it (which I can). Onboard, it goes into the overhead. But, using a cane means you are not allowed in an exit row, so you might lose your well-chosen seat.
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