Though I always try to take everything carry on, I check my pack when carrying tent stakes. My sweet little titanium skewers would make fine weapons and I expect they'd be confiscated.
Does anyone have a solution besides checking the pack? Mailing items ahead doesn't always work. You need a friend at the destination or be able to get to an open post office - not always practical. Perhaps I could just carry 30 or 40 pounds of rocks for hold downs...
On another issue, I prefer an alcohol stove but you can't legally carry the fuel on board. And the logistics of finding a hardware store, buying a pint of fuel, pulling out a few ounces then disposing of the rest doesn't suit my environmental ethic.
On the other hand there are Esbit tables. I suspect they're contraband, too, since they are a type of cooking fuel. But they're safer than a liquid; if the container broke a spark isn't going to ignite the vapors.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has a fact sheet on restricted items:
I called the TSA and asked about Esbit tablets but the person on the other end couldn't give me an answer. Does anyone have any other experience aside from just carrying them and playing dumb if found?