When I flew from Singapore to Manila in 2015, I carried a tripod as hand carry. When flying out from Manila, airport security refused to let me fly with the tripod as cabin baggage. Finally I got the airline cabin crew to provide to airport security in writing that they are aware that I am carrying the tripod in the cabin baggage and that they will keep it for me and give it to me upon landing. It's ironical that the inbound flight has different restrictions in contrast to the outbound flight.
There are YouTube videos of handlers at airports throwing the luggage around.
Any one experienced their tripod being broken after being checked in as luggage?
Or, if the tripod is a valuable type and was checked in, anyone experienced it being stolen/missing when you collect your luggage at the airport?
Afternote: What if the Airport allows hand carrying of tripods, but the Airline or the crew of that particular plane you are boarding, does NOT allow?