Dec 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm #1311332
Bob BankheadBPL Member
@wandering_bobLocale: Oregon, USA
A proposal was made early this year to allow many previously forbidden items (ski poles, hockey and Lacrosse sticks, pocket knives) to be carried through security and onto domestic flights. I asked a TSA supervisor at Portland International Airport about the status of said proposal today. The salient points were:
1. The proposals were not approved.
2. Trekking poles may only be carried onto an aircraft if they are needed for mobility (similar to using a cane) purposes. They must be collapsible to fit in overhead bins.
3. Trekking poles for recreational use can not be carried on – they must go in checked baggage.Dec 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm #2057016
@pitsyLocale: Central Texas
What proof is required re: Salient point #2?Dec 23, 2013 at 7:45 am #2057052
John S.BPL Member
Probably some document from a physician or other.Dec 23, 2013 at 8:15 am #2057057
> What proof is required re: Salient point #2?
A convincing limb?Dec 23, 2013 at 9:18 am #2057076
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Amy LauterbachBPL Member
@drongobirdLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
FWIW, Several years ago I was turned away trying to carry on trekking poles that were packed in the outside pocket of my pack. Since then, I have switched to using Black Diamond Ultra Distanc Z-Pole, which I fold up and pack inside the pack. I've flown with those many times and have never had an inspector ask to open the pack. I bought that model specifically to enable me to do carry-on.
In the first instance I had a knee injury and my knee was visibly swollen up like a grapefruit. The agent was having none of the "needed for mobility" even though my injury was obvious. I was told that if I had mobility problems I would need to register for wheelchair delivery to the plane.Dec 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm #2057146
Kevin BurtonBPL Member
when we went to Yellowstone last summer I was forced to check my bag but took my trekking poles and fishing poles and checked them into the overhead compartment.
Didn't have a problem…
That's weird.Dec 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm #2057147
Greg MihalikBPL Member
Depends entirely on the TSA "crew of the moment".
But you can't depend on the answer being yes. Denver is NO 99% of the time.Dec 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm #2057154
Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: People's Republic of Boulder
TSA agents are too fickle. You never know if one will say yes and if another one will say no.
It may be just as easy to ship any gear that is suspect ahead to a PO, hostel or motel.
YMMVDec 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm #2057161
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
If I end up wanting to travel with a basic pocket knife or other contraband, it is the same issue. So I check a bag with all the things that are problems at the security line and my cameras, electronics and enough clothes to get me through a day or two of lost luggage get carried on the plane with me.
For stateside travel, you could do a "hold for pickup" at a local post office, just like a thru-hiker's bounce box, grab it on the way out of town and mail it home on the return.
If it was just a Swiss Army knife and international travel, I could just pick up something on the other side of the pond. I do hate baggage claim! We like to travel with one bag, Rick Steves style, using convertible pack/suitcases at maximum carry on size. We went to Europe on a winter trip and I stretched things a bit, getting on the plane with a couple extra layers and shedding them the second I got to my seat. Rules are for stretching ;) If they allow two bags, I'm all over that with a small day pack and my convertible.Dec 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm #2057243
K CBPL Member
@kalebcLocale: South West
There is this thing called- checked baggage for the stuff you can't carry onDec 24, 2013 at 7:13 am #2057292
Peter BakwinBPL Member
Yes but of course most airlines are now charging $25 per checked bag. It's cheaper to mail the poles.Dec 24, 2013 at 8:13 am #2057301
Daryl and DarylBPL Member
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
I took an adjustable aluminum cane with me to hike in Scotland when my back was sore. Very sturdy tool and no problem taking it on the plane.
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