Yes! As far as I'm concern I did carry mine into flight cabin & placed it under my seat.All d way from Kuala Lumpur to S'pore to Narita thro Detroit & finally to Cincinnati visiting my daughter in Ohio. Tripod brand: Stein Zeiser with Benro Ballhead PH 28.:thumbsup:
p.s. forget to mention,while in Narita airport I was asked to shorten d tripod 4 (I suppose) permitted length. So, I just unsrewed d ballhead from tripod & was allowed to go thro.
Someone at the counter once told me that having an item marked "Fragile" simply means that the airline will not be accountable if the item is damaged, not necessarily that it will get special treatment by baggage handlers. I have no idea how true this is, or if that lady was simply delusional. It sounds really stupid, but we're talking about an industry (at least in the U.S.) that is not terribly bright to begin with.
As for tripod as carry on, it very much depends on everyone who interacts with you from check-in counter, airport security screening, and so on. I've only tried to do that once, and didn't have any problem, going from Beijing to San Francisco on a United flight. Interestingly, airport security was totally not interested in inspecting a long bag with metallic tubes inside, but they were very concerned about my laptop.
If you're flying out of the U.S., the rules say that you're permitted to carry on photographic equipment (subject to airline regulations) but not allowed to carry on hiking sticks or ski poles. So, good luck, and remember it is never a good idea to argue with someone with absolute power to deny you permission to get on a plane.
It all depends on the person checking your luggage. i brought it up the cabin before, no question asked. However, I have also been stopped before. No harm done though, they will juz ask you check it in. You just make sure you paste lots of "FRAGILE" stickers on it if u are worried. The airline/airport crew is not accountable for any damages to your items regardless of whether you paste "FRAGILE" or not. So just paste it to get them cooperate and handle with care.
My tripod is also a Benro which usually comes with a nice padded bag. that was sufficient for me when i last check it in on a plane. No damage of any sort was found.
I always carry the Benro inside its bag everytime I fly. Been flying to India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Never had any issues.
Had to explain what it was once in a while and sometimes had to strap it to the bag so that they don't say much. In fact, when I called and asked them if I could take it in the cabin, they said absolutely not. But the crew at the airport didn't say anything to me when I was carrying it. So, best is to go to the airport and see.