I have a friend coming over this Christmas who wanted to bring along his tennis racket. Though the recreation center at my university is probably going to be closed, the access to the tennis courts stays unrestricted given a proper id and I am looking forward to a few good games.
Since my friend doesn't want to check-in any baggage, I was hoping that he would be able to carry a tennis racket in the on-board luggage. I called TSA this morning and they said it is fine. I was looking for a published rule he can point to if there's an issue. Then I found this: https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/assets/prohibiteditems_brochure.pdf. The brochure quite explicitly says that tennis rackets are fine on-board.
However, there's this blog post which clubs tennis rackets together with golf clubs, baseball bats, spears, bows and arrows and likes. So the score is 2 against 1.
In such a case which reference should be looked at as the ultimate authority? And what is the best way to invoke such an authority when the belts are out and the shoes are off?