It seems confusing whether or not figure skates are allowed as carry-on items on US domestic flights, so I contacted TSA via email and got this response:
I have also heard that TSA clearance is available from a frequent flyer... Currently, ice skates, roller skates, skateboards and tennis racquets are permitted as carry-on items. They will need to be screened by the x-ray machine. ... TSA security screening personnel make the final decision on whether to permit items into the sterile area of the airport. If you have any doubts, we recommend that you place your sporting equipment in your checked baggage.
The question: How smooth is this process and how does it work? Any tips will be greatly appreciated!LAX does accept skates in a carry on if you call TSA and stuff ahead of time.