Hellow.........I posted one like this on the backpack forum....but it's for the backpack... now my question will be...can I handcarry a tripod inside the plane? Do we have an FAA officer member here?.....(Is it no?.....check it in the plane?....help......)
I used to carry my tripod on board the aircraft. Post 9/11, I didn't think this was such a great idea, so on my trip to Utah in December I put my Bogen 3221 tripod in its nylon carrying case and checked it in.
On my first day of shooting at Arches National Park, I discovered to my horror that the tips of the levers that lock down one of the tripod legs were broken off. How Delta Airlines managed to do this to such a solid and sturdy piece of equipment is beyond my comprehension, but they somehow did. I went through my trip using that tripod and frequently ripping pieces of skin off my hands in the process.
So my point is, it's a risk either way. Would you rather freak out airline security by trying to carry on something which looks like it could be easily used as a weapon, or run the risk of damaging your equipment? I wonder if Pelican makes hard cases for tripods, if they do I'm in the market for one. Of course if you're carrying it in a hard suitcase like JRP suggested, you're ok.
Oh, as a footnote - I tried claiming damaged baggage at the Delta counter at San Jose airport - they took my report and gave me a number to call and follow up. Well guess what, they probably keep that phone off the hook, because I never managed to get through, no matter what time I called. However, Bogen's been really helpful and is shipping me the levers free of cost.
Thanks for the reply...actually I have this Samsonite hard suitcase and I placed the tripod in between the clothes...without the head....heads a lot expensive than the tripod. So if the suit case didn't survive then thats it. So I'm gonna do that what JRP did....thanks for the reply shorbo..happy shooting.
I carry my carbon fiber tripod with ball head in a tripod bag slung over my shoulder, with a second bag loaded with cameras, lenses and reading material onto the plane. I've done this on at least half a dozen flights since 9/11 without a problem. On the other hand, when I ask for hand inspection of my film, being carried on in a glad bag, out of the cannister, I've begun getting a sniffer pad inspection of the film. But apparently the regs still allow you to request hand inspection of film.