Can I fly with a skateboard in my hand luggage? The skateboard can be either assembled or not. I'd rather not pack it in hold luggage to avoid it being damaged or stolen. What I am worried about are the deck and the trucks (i.e. the metal block holding the wheels (see image below)) being construed as a blunt item and thus being not allowed in hand luggage.
For completeness sake, I'd like to know the air-travel regulations for both USA and EU regarding this.
It is largely dependent on where you are. In general, the US take a more relaxed approach to skateboards and do allow these to be brought onto flights as carry-on. However many airports in the EU see the skateboard as a "blunt instrument" and don't allow them regardless of the stance of the airline.