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head to the plumbing section of your local hardware store….
look for some abs plumbing pipe and end cap (and even possible to find screw on end cap if you want to get fancy).
Make sure you find a diameter that your tripod can fit into.
We used this idea for fishing rods when I worked in the arctic…..
cut to length you need, glue on end cap, duct tape or screw on top endcap.
Use some web strapping or repurpose a duffle bag strap for carry strap.
as for trusting the airlines, my advice is don’t. Send it courier.