I would like to know if a camera tripod (let's say not the biggest one, 40-50 cm folded) can be taken on board inside hand luggage, or it has to be put into the aircraft hold?

Is there any problem for camera (DSLR) and lenses as well?

  • This depends on the airline. So we need a little more information or you could just contact the airline. They often have twitter accounts as well.
    – Summer
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 10:52
  • I would suggest not to check DSL/Lens as they can easily disappear in transit. In general never check anything you want to see again. The only exceptions are if you have known full insurance overage and you also do not have an immediate need for the camera at your destination (or you are traveling domestically in USA and can co-pack with a declared weapon). But it's fine to put cameras in hand luggage.
    – Peter M
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 10:57
  • outbound flight is with ryanair and return is with vueling, destination is portugal and spain. The real question is, I think, if, in case of problems, i can check the tripod once at the gate. thank you
    – Francesco
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 10:58
  • i do not own any insurance and, infact, i'd like to take camera, lens and tripod with me. I have read somewhere in the internet that if the secutiry agent stops the tripod, then i can check it and put it into the aircraft hold. What do you suggest?
    – Francesco
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 11:02
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    Possible duplicate of Tripod in Carry-on Luggage
    – Aleks G
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 13:49

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If it is within the airline's dimension for a carry-on, then yes.

Note however, they might legitimately count it as one carry-on toward your allowance.

Also, whoever is staffing the terminal entrance may do an extra check.

Any camera should be no problem. I would never check a camera.

  • ok, so if it fits inside my backpack, or whatever my carry-on luggage is going to be, and it satisfies the airline's dimension, that will be fine, right?
    – Francesco
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 10:48
  • Yes, if it fits, it fits. Just make sure you can easily remove and repack it i case you get hassled about it at the terminal entrance.
    – DTRT
    Commented Jul 9, 2016 at 12:49

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