I think it depends on where you fly! I just recently returned from St. Maarten with 3 layovers on each way. Seattle was a breeze...I think everyone knew what was in the tube (9'-6" 2 peice), however, when I got to New York, JFK, it was a different story...no one had a clue as to what I was carring. As for flies I kept those in my checked baggage...along with my nippers and "tools of mass carnage". Just ask the Flight Attendant to stow the rod in the "first class" closet or crew closet.