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A camera tripod allowed as a carry on?

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My husband and I are traveling on American Airlines and Alaska Airlines from Chicago through Seattle to Alaska next week. He has a new camera tripod. It weighs less than 2 pounds, retracts to a tube less than 24 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. (Actually it is a "monopod" but works the same way as a tripod.) Does anyone have any actual experience of taking such a thing in their carry on luggage? The TSA website has an extensive list of items with "yes" and "no", but it does not include tripods or monopods. The TSA list does include walking sticks ("yes"), pool cues ("no") and ski poles ("no"). The only distinction I could see among those items was that maybe a person would actually need to use the walking stick in the airport but probably not a pool cue or ski pole.
Interestingly, the monopod has a looped handle so that it can be used as a walking stick while hiking and then when you stop you can attach your camera and hold it steady to take a photo. But, the monopod does not have a pointed end. The end is more like the leg of a metal folding chair leg about 3/4 inch in diameter with a rubber tip. We otherwise would have only carry on luggage and we are trying to avoid checking luggage just to allow the monopod. Thanks in advance!

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