International flight w/ a tripod

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  1. Dominic

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    Has anyone brought a tripod onboard as part of their carry-on baggage (e.g. mounted to the outside of a pack)? Specifics; International US - Japan, set of tripod legs (which do not extend past the top or bottom of the TSA-size-approved bag). Just wondering if checking it would be the more painless route (barring they don't lose it). Thanks.
     
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    Sounds like you're in the "iffy" area. Call your airline and ask them.
     
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    I pack my tripod in a checked suitcase when I fly internationally. Had to open it twice for a manual customs check upon arrival in the past 5 years – since it shows up clearly on their scanners. Doing on average 5/6 international trips per year with it.
    Twice out of, say, about 60 arrivals are good odds, imho.

    Camera gear and laptop, stuff that should not be knocked/shocked, always stays with me in the cabin, in a backpack or a carry-on roller.

    Lowepro has nice products.
     

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