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    I read an article and it said we are not allow to carry tripod on board, is it true? Read here :

    http://www.mindspring.com/~photoj/xray.htm

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    From my experience, the japanese airport is the kiasi one. They'll measure your tripod and if it exceeds a certain length, they won't allow it on board.

    For eg.
    I've no problem travelling from singapore airport, HK or taiwan. But while doing a domestic flight in Japan, the actually took my tripod to measure and say its not allowed on board. What I need is to stress to them that this is fragile & expensive item and must be hand carried. But they disallow it. But they assure me that they'll take care of the tripod and not check-in as per normal luggage, so I allow them to do a special check-in , Since i'm already at the check-in gate and all my lugguge is already checked-in.

    I think in general, try to put tripod in check-in lugguge but make sure its properly padded to avoid the trouble. Japanese in general are rather service conscience & do take my comments seriously enuff to personally hand-deliver it to me @ arrival point. i'm not sure if other airport hv an equivalent high service standard.

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    thanks shadus. btw, any problem with your flims going through x-ray?

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    Hhhmmm..

    Well my 3pod is abit long lor....
    Well maybe shld get a bag to put it in!

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    My tripods always go in cargo

    Smaller tripods such as the Manfrotto 190 etc can usually be fitted in to a suitcase anyway so damage is unlikely. It's only when you get to large tripods that problems occur. Monopods are problematic with many airlines since 9/11 and are now frequently consigned to the cargo hold.

    I've yet to find an airline that doesn't have a special 'fragile goods' handling proceedure but don't abuse the system folks.

    A really cheap sturdy tripod carrier for smaller lighter tripods (under about 4kg) is a cardboard tube of suitable diameter and some foam to wrap the tripod in. This is far safer than a padded tripod bag in most cases.
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    Originally posted by ninelives
    thanks shadus. btw, any problem with your flims going through x-ray?
    Nvr ever check-in films! Always handcarry them. The handcarry X-ray is pretty film safe up to ISO 1600 (they claim). So far, the bulk of my films are ISO 100 and the only ISO 400 are negatives. No problem even after 4 passes.

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    if check in as luggage must be careful to pad it man! last time the klowns at KL Subang anyhow throw my backpack and not only damage the material but also bent a tripod leg... tripod is effectively useless ...cannot extract the leg anymore so had to buy new one at the destination... i complained but everyone do taichi... lucky it was an X-brand model

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    for me...I am quite used to bring my tripod on board the plane liao....have not encounter any problem with Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and KL....dunno about the rest though...

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    Sorry, like to check any update on this issue?
    Any still hand carry their tripod on board the plane?

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    Originally posted by kianern
    Sorry, like to check any update on this issue?
    Any still hand carry their tripod on board the plane?

    yes, you can . :-)

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    Yup, no problems. At least to China.

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    Originally posted by Ian
    My tripods always go in cargo

    Smaller tripods such as the Manfrotto 190 etc can usually be fitted in to a suitcase anyway so damage is unlikely. It's only when you get to large tripods that problems occur. Monopods are problematic with many airlines since 9/11 and are now frequently consigned to the cargo hold.

    I've yet to find an airline that doesn't have a special 'fragile goods' handling proceedure but don't abuse the system folks.

    A really cheap sturdy tripod carrier for smaller lighter tripods (under about 4kg) is a cardboard tube of suitable diameter and some foam to wrap the tripod in. This is far safer than a padded tripod bag in most cases.
    Currently I am using the original cardboard packing for my tripod (layered with bubble bag). But the original cardboard packing looks flimsy and I am still not sure if it is good enough for overseas travel in a backpack. Can this "cardboard tube" be bought? Is it study? tkx

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    Originally posted by Willy


    Currently I am using the original cardboard packing for my tripod (layered with bubble bag). But the original cardboard packing looks flimsy and I am still not sure if it is good enough for overseas travel in a backpack. Can this "cardboard tube" be bought? Is it study? tkx
    You should be able to get hold of a suitable tube from a specialist packaging company. Time to hit the yellow pages and see what you can find.
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    what about carbon fibre legs? or do they just look at the shape in general?

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    Thanks all for the info.
    Btw, usually how do you carry the tripod, using the tripod bag? or put it into ur hand carry luggage?

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    Originally posted by kianern
    Sorry, like to check any update on this issue?
    Any still hand carry their tripod on board the plane?
    Yes, I just did with no problems at all... flew British Airways from London to Prague last week and hand carried my Gitzo Explorer G2220 on board although I did have a shoulder sling attached to it. I did take out the Ball Head and carried it separately in my Rover AW "hand luggage" together with my two bodies and four lenses. The check-in security did have a second closer look at my kit thru' the X-ray system though... I think he couldn't make out what I had in my back-pack until he zoomed in onto the screen image to confirm that all I had were camera lenses and not long cylinders filled with C-4s!!!

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