Reader Harry H. relays this adventure in Cuban airport security.
On September 29, 2016, I departed Holguín, Cuba, HOG, on AA 1208 to Miami. After clearing Cuban Immigration, carry-on bags were checked by airport security staff. My umbrella and those of other passengers were confiscated by airport security. I, other passengers and the tour director complained to the staff stating it was arbitrary; however, without any effect. The reply was “It is an international regulation” which is false, and “It is a Cuban regulation.”
The U.S. and Cuba it seems aren’t so different after all.