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can you take a walking stick on carry on?

Jun 16th, 2006, 04:12 PM
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can you take a walking stick on carry on?

we will be hiking in tuscany. we plan to bring a collapsable walking stick ( looks a bit like a ski pole) does anyone know if these are permitted in carry on?
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Jun 16th, 2006, 04:20 PM
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Assuming that you are flying from the US, you can check the TSA listing of banned items at:
http://www.tsa.gov/public/display?theme=177

You should also check with your airlines, as some of them also have their own restrictions.
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Jun 16th, 2006, 04:45 PM
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My DH bought one (non collapsable) in England and had no problem bringing it on our flight back last summer from the UK.
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Jun 16th, 2006, 04:46 PM
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very helpful, thanks
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My wife of necessity has carried a folding cane for years. Be prepared to have it xrayed.
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Jun 16th, 2006, 05:03 PM
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If the rubber tip is removable to expose a metal tip, you may have difficulty.

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Jun 16th, 2006, 05:08 PM
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I need a cane to walk, I have it x-rayed at the airport.
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Jun 16th, 2006, 05:17 PM
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It depends on whether the person doing the inspecting considers it a "walking cane" (which is allowed, after inspection), or a "ski pole", which is not allowed as a carry-on. Because of the sharp tip, I think the "ski pole" interpretation is more likely, and I always put ours in the checked baggage.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 01:47 AM
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No metal tips. It's all very inconsistent. I carried a metal tipped umbrella onto a flight Switzerland-UK, and had it confiscated coming back on the same carrier.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 01:55 AM
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You never know. I was on a flight two or so years ago and someone had spear as a carry-on. It was well over 6 feet in length with a huge blade at the top. I thought that was very interesting since my fingernail file was taken away from me.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 02:09 AM
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Marianna, I know people always write "LOL", but I really did laugh out loud when I read your post.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 06:12 AM
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I know folks who have taken spears on -- they are re-enactors, like Vikings
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Jun 17th, 2006, 06:32 AM
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When I was recovering from hip surgery, I had a metal walking stick and my wife had hiking poles. We put the poles in the checked luggage because of of the metal tip issue.

I used the cane to assist me for general walking. I was allowed to take it on the airplane and stow it in the overhead bin. Collapsed, it would fit in length-wise.

There was no real question about taking the walking stick on board.

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Jun 17th, 2006, 08:19 AM
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Be sure to duck someone else opens the overhead bin where your walking stick is stored. Last December a man in a hurry opened the bin above me, and out fell my cane right onto my head. Ouch! I had a major bump for a few days.
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Jun 17th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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Oh Underhill,
OUCH! I bet you got quite the headache in addition to the bump
Very good tip about stowing these. DH and I are bring our parents to Germany for a 10 day trip next summer and I will be sure to watch this when they stow their walking sticks!
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