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What is the maximum blade length TSA allows on a plane?

Abuse #1 30 May 2010, 22:04

Join Date: May 2010 Posts: 2 Trips: 0
So, the TSA took my brand new $60 leatherman squirt from me when I went through security. I don't think this is OK. I've brought a leatherman through security loads of time without any trouble, as well as the only document I can discover on blade length laws say that less than 4 inches is OK. The knife component I brought was under 1.6 inches long. Thanks!

Abuse #2 28 Jun 2010, 05:56

Join Date: Jun 2010 Posts: 3 Trips: 0
I used to work for TSA. Absolutely NO knives, blades, scissors etc of any kind are allowed past the checkpoint. You are given a opportunity, except in the case of guns, drugs, or explosives in which case you will be questioned by law enforcement officials, to return the prohibited item to your car, or abandoning it at the checkpoint. You can get a comprehensive and updated list of prohibited items at their website at http://www.Tsa.Gov

Abuse #3 13 Sep 2010, 23:24

Join Date: Aug 2010 Posts: 4 Trips: 0
I had a 2 inch blade seamstress scissors and they confiscated it.
Blades and razors are not allowed onto flights, for security reasons.
If you've brought that item on planes before, those security folks weren't doing their job. No wonder we have so many attempted bombings! lol

Abuse #4 12 Jan 2011, 22:57

Join Date: Sep 2010 Posts: 1 Trips: 0
I don't know where you got your information, but NO knives or sharp bladed items are permitted - NONE. See http://www.Tsa.Gov under prohibited items.
Doesn't matter if the knife blade is small, it is still a knife. Might not make sense in more logical worlds, but we no longer live in that world.

Abuse #5 01 Mar 2011, 22:43

Join Date: Jun 2010 Posts: 5 Trips: 0
The TSA does not allow knives to be carried onboard aircraft unless they are plastic or have a rounded blade (such as a butter knife) -- the length of the blade is irrelevant to whether it is allowed or not.
(The 4-inch length you mention has to do with scissor blades, not knives, according to the TSA link below.)