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Old Oct 6, 06, 11:49 am   #1
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Retractable Hiking/Walking Poles

I am thinking of getting a pair of retractable hiking poles for my trip next week....they will need to go through security at FLL, LAX, LIH and KOA. The ends are not sharp, but still pointy like ski poles.

Has anyone encountered problems or hassles taking something like this through the checkpoint as carry-on? Any advise from the screeners?
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Old Oct 6, 06, 11:59 am   #2
  
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Unless it is a cane or has just a rubber tip, I would think that it would be a no go as a carry-on. Heck, a hockey stick is not allowed. I travel one trip a year with my backpacking poles and I always put them in my checked luggage.
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Old Oct 6, 06, 12:09 pm   #3
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Unless it is a cane or has just a rubber tip, I would think that it would be a no go as a carry-on. Heck, a hockey stick is not allowed. I travel one trip a year with my backpacking poles and I always put them in my checked luggage.
Thanks for the info...I don't do checked bags, so it looks like I will be hunting for a big stick when I hit Kauai

Thanks TSA! You have bravely saved not one, but eight flights from certain tragedy
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Old Oct 6, 06, 12:25 pm   #4
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My camera monopod with a somewhat pointed tip (covered by a blunt rubber foot) has never been a problem and has made a few dozen trips with me. Then again, seeing as how the TSA is quibbling over whether or not contact solution is "saline" and has confiscated car keys and even Congressional Medals of Honor, I can see why you would be worried.
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Old Oct 6, 06, 12:29 pm   #5
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I am thinking of getting a pair of retractable hiking poles for my trip next week....they will need to go through security at FLL, LAX, LIH and KOA.
You can call them 'Polish Nationals' or 'Polish people' but don't call them 'poles'; it's generally seen as offensive.
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Old Oct 6, 06, 12:35 pm   #6
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You can call them 'Polish Nationals' or 'Polish people' but don't call them 'poles'; it's generally seen as offensive.
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Good luck finding a straight enough stick and enjoy Kauai !
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I've traveled all over the US EU with my collapsible walking stick (with a removable rubber tip like this one: http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...oductId=291625

I've been asked a few time what it was and I identified them as a "walking cane" (even though it's obvious that I don't need a walking cane). No problems anywhere except for a flight from Basel to London where I had to go back to the counter and checked it in.

Here is the rule from the TSA (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm )
Walking Canes - allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.
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It is always helpful to carry a Dr.s note with any special needs device.
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It is always helpful to carry a Dr.s note with any special needs device.
Athough certainly true, it says something scary about our ideas of security. Since the TSA has no way to verify such notes, what's to stop terrorists from faking their own notes?
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I've traveled all over the US EU with my collapsible walking stick (with a removable rubber tip like this one: http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...oductId=291625

I've been asked a few time what it was and I identified them as a "walking cane" (even though it's obvious that I don't need a walking cane). No problems anywhere except for a flight from Basel to London where I had to go back to the counter and checked it in.

Here is the rule from the TSA (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm )
Walking Canes - allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed.
I always check mine as I've taken it all over the world and don't want to lose it to the TSA.
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Athough certainly true, it says something scary about our ideas of security. Since the TSA has no way to verify such notes, what's to stop terrorists from faking their own notes?

its alright is they have a doctors note for that TNT stick
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Old Oct 7, 06, 10:12 am   #13
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I am thinking of getting a pair of retractable hiking poles for my trip next week....they will need to go through security at FLL, LAX, LIH and KOA. The ends are not sharp, but still pointy like ski poles.

Has anyone encountered problems or hassles taking something like this through the checkpoint as carry-on? Any advise from the screeners?

i think you should be fine. i've travelled with my tri/mono-pods and i never had an issue. but this depends on the screener too
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Metal walking stick OK?

I hurt my knee and now use a retractable aluminum walking stick. Will a metal walking stick present any problem with my taking the stick on board the plane? This is for a trip in US in Dec/Jan 2011.

The stick compresses to just a bit over 22 inches long.
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I carry Carbon Fiber and Alum Monopods alot when i travel with photo gear. Have had a couple of boneheaded idiots but i made my point, and was allowed through with them.

Same goes for lightstands, and treking poles.
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