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June 15, 2004

Think Before You Pack

Air Travel - Prohibited Items So I was curious as to what the FAA TSA says is acceptable to have either in your carry-on or checked luggage. Chilling:

If you bring a prohibited item to the checkpoint you may be criminally and/or civilly prosecuted or at the least asked to rid yourself of the item. A screener and/or Law Enforcement Officer will make this determination depending on what the item is and the circumstances. This is because bringing a prohibited item to a security checkpoint - even accidentally - is illegal. [Added emphasis]
According to the list of Permitted and Prohibited Items (as of 12/18/03), under the heading Sharp Objects, none are permitted in one's carry-on luggage. But box cutters, ice axes/picks, knives, meat cleavers, razor-type blades (excluding safety razors), sabers, pointed scissors, and swords should all be packed in one's checked luggage.

Good to know.

Yours, &c., LC | 03:40 PM | Legal , Sundries | Comments (5)

Comments

Good to know I can travel with my sword collection... :-)

Posted by: SilverDragon at June 15, 2004 07:37 PM

running out the door to catch our early morning flight to oregon, i remember my little swiss army pocket knife (perhaps sharp enough to slice through warm butter) was hanging on the keychain clip on the inside of my carry on backpack. i left it at home.

and i was surprised that they didn't open and search my backpack. inside was: my lomo, my digital camera, the charger for the battery in my digital camera, my ipod, the charger for my ipod, my little wire ring sketch book, and 2 harry potter books! they did however make me take off my belt to go through the security checkpoint. it has two metal hoops securing the orange non-leather belt.

Posted by: marco at June 15, 2004 10:26 PM

I'm surprised they didn't bust you for those Harry Potter books...

Posted by: Scott at June 16, 2004 08:56 AM

...knitting needles? Crocheting hooks? Or do they include that in "tools"?

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at June 17, 2004 07:20 AM

According to the list, knitting and crochet needles are ok in both carry-on and checked luggage - and of course these are the rules for domestic flights in the U.S.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at June 17, 2004 09:07 AM