Happy New Year Everyone!
Has anyone ever carried on an umbrella that was longer than carry on dimensions and had it denied as a carry on when boarding? I am doing the Camino Frances in Spain in July (would not have been my preferred month but that's when I could go) and I want to take a trekking umbrella to help with the heat of the sun. It is much more lightweight than a typical umbrella (and supposedly sturdier) but it is 25 inches. There are no sharp metal pieces like you would see on a golf umbrella.
Both TSA and many of the airlines say an umbrella is allowed as a carry on but they don't specificy if there is a size maximum. And the airline has not responded to my inquiry. I know that, ultimately, it is up to the gate agent but I would like to see what experiences others have had.
And has anyone get checked something awkward like an umbrella?