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Can I bring a walking stick with a metal tip on board a plane, according to TSA rules?

I'm planning a lengthy journey involving multiple flights and I'd appreciate being able to bring my walking stick with me to assist in moving between gates at the airport. Could you please inform me if the TSA permits passengers to bring walking sticks on board?

Posted by
6106 posts

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "walking sticks". However, hiking poles are not allowed per TSA. A cane is allowed, and I brought one on several trips now with no problems.

Posted by
131 posts

Maybe a folding cane, which you could pack away for when you don't need it? They definitely won't let you bring a hiking pole onboard, especially with a metal tip. A cane is your best bet. They make a point of letting me board early when I have to use my cane due to my condition.

Posted by
5146 posts

A cane is allowed, since it doesn't have a metal tip. It's a rubber one. And it doesn't need to be foldable. I've never encountered a problem with my cane with security at any airport.

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5146 posts

It doesn't matter that it doesn't fold. However I'm not sure that the metal eagle head with a sharply pointed beak would be permitted. According to the photo, that cane doesn't have a metal tip. But it does have a metal fitting on the handle which might be considered as a possible weapon by security.

Posted by
15729 posts

You can also alert the airline and they can arrange to have someone help you between gates.

Sometimes it's a wheelchair, other times it's a golf cart type vehicle.

Posted by
2651 posts

I travel with a Leki walking stick. It’s a cane, I guess, but I call it my walking stick. It’s collapsible so I fold it down and stick it through an outside handle of my carry-on luggage. I don’t need it as I transit the airport but I need it for my travels - it’s definitely a medical device for me.

It has a metal tip, but there’s a rubber tip placed onto it. I can remove it but I use it with the tip on. I would think that the airport scanners see the metal tip beneath the rubber tip??

At any rate - I have brought my stick with me through at least 20 airports - foreign and domestic.
I have never been asked a single question about it anywhere.

Just fyi - this is what I use: https://www.backcountrygear.com/super-micro-leki.

Posted by
7033 posts

It depends on the cane and you. The TSA does allow canes as mobility devices for people who need it (and you need to let them know as you go through), but it's on a case by case basis and the cane will have to be inspected as stated below. You can find more information here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures?field_disability_type=1014

Aids: Walkers, crutches, canes or other mobility aids and devices must undergo X-ray screening. A TSA officer will inspect the item if it cannot fit through the X-ray. Notify the TSA officer if you need to be immediately reunited with the device after it is screened by X-ray.

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8668 posts

Same experience as Valerie. Mine collapses down to a short stick that I always show to the TSA screeners and attach it to my carryon as it goes through x-ray. It has a rubber tip.

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8668 posts

Jean, bite the bullet and check a bag with the stick in it. Use a cheap temporary folding one in the airport.

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6106 posts

I'm not always using the cane during my travels, generally just at the end of the day or steeper downhills, I love having the foldable, because it breaks down. I got the cane off Amazon for $25, its light and my husband just keeps it in his photography backpack until I need it.