Cold Steel Cane: Commercial Flying
I just returned from an extended trip during which I carried a Cold Steel cane (SS City Stick) on four flights originating in three three different countries. Additionally, I carried it essentially 24/7, and it also served as an early alarm leaned against doors at night. Now as a middle aged couple, we can "fit" the role with a cane, and in fact, the aches and pains of age were moderated at times by same.
Flight security was a non-event. It went through X-Ray as I limped through the metal detector (a very slight, almost imperceptible limp, mind you). It was seat side on all planes, trains and boats. I was never questioned while traveling.
Airport personnel at times were solicitous and very helpful to this 50+ year old man and his wife. Early boarding for both, etc. Most customers at airports gave me wide berth and were generous.
At several museums in Europe I was given nice privileges due to the cane. Sometimes they pulled me from the long lines and sent me through the "express" lanes. At the state museum in Nuremburg they even escorted us up and down in keyed elevators so we could avoid the stairs. None of the museum personnel wanted to confiscate the cane.
The Paris Metro and RER's are a whole different story......millions of stairs, and hordes of wolves looking for prey. Condition ORANGE! I snarled a lot!
All in all, it was very effective, very useful, intimidating, and quite fun to carry. I added a wrist cord to make it more versatile as well.
I also added a couple of Bokers to my pockets in Germany (another story), and carried my tac light faithfully from departure to return.
All in all, a great idea provided here at DC by special fellow members QK and Pete!