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).
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Originally Posted by Carl 65
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 prohibited as long as they didn't have a knife or sword in them.
Are the ones with knives or swords allowed or also prohibited then?
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:
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.
Probably would have helped if you highlighted that particular error in your original response...
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.
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.