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jle3030
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USA
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  11:02:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are tactical/fighting canes still making it through TSA, courthouse, and similar security screening? They're kinda obvious to a trained eye. Just checking, because my back and hip are getting to the point where I'm actually starting to use my CaneMasters for its "ostensible" purpose.

Jeff

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Chris Christian
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  11:42:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jle3030

Are tactical/fighting canes still making it through TSA, courthouse, and similar security screening? They're kinda obvious to a trained eye. Just checking, because my back and hip are getting to the point where I'm actually starting to use my CaneMasters for its "ostensible" purpose.

Jeff



Don't know. But I think an accompanying letter from your doctor would go a long way in getting it through. If he deems it a 'medical necessity' I would think they would have a hard time refusing it. JMHO.

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Malcolm
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  12:36:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A few birthdays back, my brother gifted me MY "tactical cane", a very simple hardwood (hickory) cane with a rubber crutch tip. I use it like my old "straight baton", from the good old days, and have never ever been questioned on its usage, in any courthouse, (Fed and local), or via the TSA monkeys when flying.
I DO get to board first when flying, so, it always goes in the flights with me.
Yeah, it does work well both as a can and "balance device", as well as a personal protection tool.

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RLS
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USA
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  12:45:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I haven't had any problem taking my City Stick through security at the courthouse, TSA at the airport or cruises.

A flight attendant did cop an atitude with me about it on a flight. She didn't like the idea of me holding the cane between my legs. The FA wanted in an overhead bin or along the wall at the window seat. I told her I needed the cane. It made no impact on her, she insisted it had to be in one of those two places. I put it overhead.


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Evan
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  1:37:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Cold Steel cane has made it thru security and rides next to my seat without any drama from the fight crew.

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LittleBill
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  3:53:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ditto my Irish blackthorn cane. I've taken it on planes, and recently into a courthouse.

It used to be the case that airline regs prevented anyone from taking away a cane from someone who needed it. No medical documentation required. Has that changed?


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Edited by - LittleBill on August 12 2017 5:21:31 PM
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LittleBill
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  3:55:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by RLS

I haven't had any problem taking my City Stick through security at the courthouse, TSA at the airport or cruises.

A flight attendant did cop an atitude with me about it on a flight. She didn't like the idea of me holding the cane between my legs. The FA wanted in an overhead bin or along the wall at the window seat. I told her I needed the cane. It made no impact on her, she insisted it had to be in one of those two places. I put it overhead.


Rick


Maybe you just didn't strike her hard enough with it?


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Edited by - LittleBill on August 12 2017 4:18:56 PM
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LittleBill
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  4:06:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jle3030

Are tactical/fighting canes still making it through TSA, courthouse, and similar security screening? They're kinda obvious to a trained eye. Just checking, because my back and hip are getting to the point where I'm actually starting to use my CaneMasters for its "ostensible" purpose.

Jeff


quote:
Originally posted by Malcolm

A few birthdays back, my brother gifted me MY "tactical cane", a very simple hardwood (hickory) cane with a rubber crutch tip. I use it like my old "straight baton", from the good old days, and have never ever been questioned on its usage, in any courthouse, (Fed and local), or via the TSA monkeys when flying.
I DO get to board first when flying, so, it always goes in the flights with me.
Yeah, it does work well both as a can and "balance device", as well as a personal protection tool.


I too prefer a 'regular' hardwood cane over a 'tactical' cane for that very reason: the former just makes you look like an old hobbler, while the latter might draw unwanted attention to you if someone recognizes it for what it is.

Even when the TSA monkey is wrong, you're still on a tight schedule, not in a position to stand there arguing with them. Best not to give them any 'reason' for messing with you.


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"There are some ideas so foolish that only an intellectual could believe them"--- George Orwell

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Edited by - LittleBill on August 12 2017 4:20:47 PM
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Ace
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Posted - August 12 2017 :  7:01:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The brother has a hobby of making walking sticks out of various types of wood, as in from saplings and branches off of trees, even grape vines (he'd love to have some of that blackthorn material). They're really pretty, unique and individual, and most could easily substitute for a 'tacticool' Mall-Ninja/Keyboard Kommando/Chairborne Ranger model--and they cost less, too. Seems it would be really hard for a Arby's reject (TSA-Too Stupid for Arby's) to object to it.
I have some walnut and mulberry that needs trimmed. I think I'll give him some that is five or six feet long, have him make me a 'Moses stick'. That might have some trouble getting through the checkpoint...Ace

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Edited by - Ace on August 12 2017 7:03:00 PM
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gauchobill
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Posted - August 13 2017 :  09:46:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would opt for one made of hickory--it is harder, more dense, and durable!
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gw
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Posted - August 13 2017 :  09:59:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
TSA maintains the discretion to scan/inspect mobility aids like canes.

"fighting canes" have distinct characteristics easily recognized by an informed inspector. depends on local rules whether these are allowed in public.

sharpened crooks, rounded tips, cord wrapping, finger grooves etc. are giveaways

a perscription from a doctor is a plus and might move to the front of the line

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Bill D
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Posted - August 13 2017 :  9:26:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I guess the one I have with the sword in it will raise the ire at the airport. When out of country with it and walking in an unsavory area it seems the local baddies knew what it was and were reluctant to request my spare change. Have to look for some other useful cane..Bill

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Olddog84
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USA
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Posted - August 14 2017 :  1:03:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have 2 nice hardwood sticks that were made from trees removed from the Gettysburg battlefield as they culled trees to make the terrain more true to the battle. One is "cane" length and the other is "Moses" length. I don't use them all the time, but when I do need them nobody has questioned them.

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hopleyyeaton
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USA
97 Posts

Posted - August 15 2017 :  2:11:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On my last visit to the local Federal Building for ID update they asked me to put my plain wood cane through the scanner if I could walk without it, but never questioned it. Took it that day knowing my gun(s) and knife had to stay locked in the car in the parking garage across the street and I'm too old to fight some young yahoo bare handed.
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jimmylee
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Posted - August 15 2017 :  6:52:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can probably find a good hardwood cane at your local farm and ranch store. They are useful to aid walking or moving livestock around the corral.
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