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Can anyone explain why exactly we cannot take a cheap collapsible fishing rod in hand baggage? (Europe, e.g. UK and Spain)

I mean seriously, what am I going to do? poke someone gently from a distance?

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    Can you add a reference to the specific rule you're asking about? – Johns-305 Sep 23 '16 at 12:48
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    Maybe because you could poke someone (accidentially) in the eye? – Aganju Sep 23 '16 at 12:50
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    Years ago I always used to travel with a pair of rollerblades. I always brought them as hand luggage. I do forget if always in a smaller pack or just on their own. Then one day an airline wouldn't let me bring them on in case I unbolted all the wheels and tried to use the frame as a weapon. After that I always packed them in my checked luggage, where they took up a lot more of my backpack than I preferred. After that nothing surprises me with rules wrt hand luggage. – hippietrail Sep 23 '16 at 13:38
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    @hippietrail were your rollerblades actually challenged by the airline or at the airport security checkpoint? – phoog Sep 23 '16 at 13:48
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    Weirdly, I had my (€6) rod taken off me at security, BUT they didn't notice the row of hooks across the back of my bag!!! – Digital Lightcraft Sep 23 '16 at 17:23
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Generally speaking, you are not allowed to bring on board things that can be used to hurt someone or to hide something dangerous, and a foldable fishing rod fall into both categories at once, even if mostly in the first.

It's the same problem photographer can have with tripods and similar (and that I had once with an old lens). If you can take something on board and (reasonably) change it into a weapon (of sort)...it's a no no.

Think it this way: even if it's an annoyance, it's a way less annoyance than blowing up in mid-air or paying a really quick visit into a building.

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