Hi guys, I just came back from Taiwan yesterday, and I just wanna highlight the new ruling on tripods on all outgoing flights.
Basically, all tripods longer than 25cm are not allowed to be brought on board planes. This is a new ruling which started on 1st June 2011.
What happened to me was that I have checked in all my luggages, cleared immigration, until the X-Ray area then the customs officer told me I could not bring my tripod on board. Initially they told me to discard my tripod. Im like wtf, my tripod is more expensive than the air tickets I paid for, and no way am I gonna discard them. Then they relented and allowed me to recheck in my tripod as a baggage. I wasted 1 hour going through the whole process, getting my passport re-stamped, etc. I could only check in my tripod with my tripod bag and not with the luggages as they have been checked in. Lucky my tripod survived the journey in one piece.
What pissed me off most was:
1) There isn't any poster or warning signs telling passengers of the new ruling anywhere in the airport.
2) Some of their own airport staff weren't aware of the ruling either, and 1 commented that her own friend (Taiwanese as well) was caught off guard by the ruling as well
3) When I was boarding the plane, I saw a passenger in front of me with a tripod, obviously >25cm
All brothers and sisters going to Taiwan please take note of this, and check in your tripod with luggages.