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Trekking Poles vs. the TSA vs. Madrid to A Coruña

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vantild

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I had a dream that I wouldn't have to check a bag from the US to Spain (Madrid). Looks like the TSA will confiscate my trekking poles if I try to bring them aboard as part of my carryon. Will This happen from Madrid to A Coruã or can I carry them on?

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lt56ny

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I had a dream that I wouldn't have to check a bag from the US to Spain (Madrid). Looks like the TSA will confiscate my trekking poles if I try to bring them aboard as part of my carryon. Will This happen from Madrid to A Coruã or can I carry them on?

I'll be starting in Ferrol 10/9/22!
You can leave your poles at home and buy some inexpensive but very serviceable poles in Ferrol at the Decathlon or another outdoor store. Save yourself the stress.
 

MichelleElynHogan

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I had a dream that I wouldn't have to check a bag from the US to Spain (Madrid). Looks like the TSA will confiscate my trekking poles if I try to bring them aboard as part of my carryon. Will This happen from Madrid to A Coruã or can I carry them on?

I'll be starting in Ferrol 10/9/22!
Though I have purchased collapsible poles I am now wondering if they are acceptable on board if I paint them white, keep the rubber feet on them and wear my sunglasses all the time?
 
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I had a dream that I wouldn't have to check a bag from the US to Spain (Madrid). Looks like the TSA will confiscate my trekking poles if I try to bring them aboard as part of my carryon. Will This happen from Madrid to A Coruã or can I carry them on?

I'll be starting in Ferrol 10/9/22!
My husband and I checked our bag from USA to Madrid. Then took a train to Ferrol. No problem taking poles on the train. So if you’ve not yet purchased a ticket to Ferrol you might try the train. It was very pleasant .
 

C clearly

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Could everyone please read this post. I think it outlines the situation quite well.

Just to correct some impressions left above, here are a few indisputable facts:
  • You can never carry on poles of any type at Santiago airport.
  • You will risk problems trying to carry on poles at most airports in the world, and nobody can tell you in advance what the outcome will be.
  • In their implementation of the rules and policies, some airport authorities in some places allow some types of poles. See points 2, 3 and 4 in the thread I have linked.
If you have any supported facts to show errors on that thread, please let me know and I can edit the post.
 

howardd5

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I had a dream that I wouldn't have to check a bag from the US to Spain (Madrid). Looks like the TSA will confiscate my trekking poles if I try to bring them aboard as part of my carryon. Will This happen from Madrid to A Coruã or can I carry them on?

I'll be starting in Ferrol 10/9/22!
I have had success with taking poles on board by separating them into three parts and taping them side by side to look like a camera tripod . Less dangerous looking when they are three 14 inch prices .
 

C clearly

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I have had success with taking poles on board by separating them into three parts and taping them side by side to look like a camera tripod . Less dangerous looking when they are three 14 inch prices .
Yes, as indicated in points #2 and 3 of the guidance thread I linked. All the "ifs, ands, and buts" still apply.
 
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dougfitz

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My recollection is that only the TSA has any provision for security staff at airports to exercise any discretion on allowing passengers to carry poles on board. Other national air safety authorities that I have checked don't. So those from the US who have been able to carry poles into the cabin can expect they will not be able to do that once they are outside of the US, as we know happens at Santiago airport.

ps the advice at the link @trecile has provided is the best summary of this topic that I have seen, and well worth reading, not just skimming.
 

dick bird

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I had a dream that I wouldn't have to check a bag from the US to Spain (Madrid). Looks like the TSA will confiscate my trekking poles if I try to bring them aboard as part of my carryon. Will This happen from Madrid to A Coruã or can I carry them on?

I'll be starting in Ferrol 10/9/22!
Apparently yes. It is an international regulation that no poles are allowed on planes anywhere.
 

C clearly

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In the interests of accuracy, I refer again to this post. It was written carefully to be accurate and complete, even though you might not get the simple answer you were hoping for.

I will close this thread, but if you have useful corrections to the referred thread, please send me a private message.
 
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