I've done a couple of searches on this and couldn't find anything relevant in these forums.
A few months back, I travelled between GLA and BHX carrying a pro-grade Manfroto camera tripod. On the way out, I had absolutely no trouble carrying this item on board with me. On the return however, I checked in with the same airline, yet this time I was told I'd need to check the item in. Somewhat concerned over what state my unprotected tripod might reach GLA in, I queried why the inconsistency on the same airline. Eventually, after the input of a supervisor, I was allowed to carry the item onboard.
A few weeks later, I witnessed a gentleman have his golfing umbrella confiscated at security in GLA. I queried this with one of the staff who told me that large umbrellas are not allowed on board. Apparently they'd confiscated dozens after the golf at Turnberry in mid-2009. Yet, according to this LINK, umbrellas are not defined as resticted by size.
My question is, is it just hit and miss as to what you can and can't take on board. What about in the USA? I'm travelling later this week to the US and I'm not sure whther to pack my 'gorillapod' (see below) in my hold baggage or whether I can carry this onboard?
Would such an item cause alarm if veiwed on an X-ray for hold baggage?
Any help or guidance on this issue, or discussion on the wider topic, would be both helpful and interesting.
Thanks in advance!
[Edited 2010-08-29 02:18:04]