It is always a good idea to keep a small pocket knife on you during your travels, but unfortunately, it is illegal to carry a knife in your hand luggage. However, if you are a knife collector, knife enthusiast, or collector of other interesting objects, you might be able to take your knives on a plane.
If you are planning on taking a trip, there’s a good chance you will be carrying a pocket knife, whether you are a hunter, a survivalist, a collector, a chef, a handyman, or a traveler.
So, what does the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) say about bringing pocket knives on a trip? According to the TSA, and United Kingdom airport security authorities all pocket knives must be packed in your checked luggage, and you cannot keep them in your carry-on.
Traveling with knives: Here’s everything you need to know
A knife is a good friend when you’re on the road, and it can be a great companion when you’re at home too. Knives are versatile tools that can make your life simpler and easier when you’re at work or when you’re on the go.
If you’re planning to go on a vacation, you should have a good travel knife on hand–and not just a pocketknife.
A good quality knife will make your trip more exciting, and will prevent several issues that could be easily avoided. If you don’t have one, then you should make sure you’re prepared for your next trip.
Here’s some information you need to know:
Can you bring knives on planes in hand luggage?
As a frequent flyer, I know how important it is to pack the right gear for the journey. But, can you bring knives on planes in hand luggage? And if you can, what restrictions apply to them?
As an international traveller, I have to abide by the rules of the countries I visit, and that includes restrictions on carrying dangerous objects including guns, knives, and other weapons.
If there are any restrictions on knives or other dangerous objects, it will be mentioned in the relevant country’s laws. But, if there are no restrictions, it has to be permitted by the country I am travelling to.
And to answer this question the answer is a big “NO”. Due to safety and security purposes for everyone.
Airport security authorities and airline authorities do not allow passengers to carry any sharp objects on board.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has banned the carrying of knives on flights. You can find a full list of prohibited items on their website.
List of prohibited items on cabin luggage or carry-on items you must know :
Common sharp items
- Antique knife
Antique knifes are not allowed onboard on plane because, they may cause damage to the aircraft.
- Bamboo Knife
You can only use bamboo knives as kitchen utensils. You can never carry these knives aboard the airplane.
- Bowie Knife
These knives are also known as Bowie Knives. They were originally designed for hunting animals. These knives are very popular among hunters.
But, due to their design, they are considered as deadly weapon. So, you can never carry them aboard the flight.
- Automatic knives
Automatic knives are not allowed on hand-carry because, they can cut through metal detectors. And , they can harm people around you.
- Basic pocket knife
Basic pocket knife are not allowed on plane on-board, due to its size and weight. It might get damaged during check-in process.
- Carving Knife
This type of knife was used for carving meat. Carved knives are not allowed on flights.
- Chain Saw
It is illegal to carry chain saws on airplanes. This tool can create serious problems while flying.
- Clip blade knife
They are commonly called Clip Blades. They are small blades which come attached to a clip.
- Butterfly knives
Butterfly knives, also known as switchblades, are not allowed on planes, as it is against most airline company rules.
- Double-edge knives
The reason for this is a double edged blade is sharper than a single edge. They are often illegal on flights because they have the potential to be used as weapons.
- Expensive kitchen knife
You can bring a knife on to the plane as long as it is in your checked luggage and it is no bigger than a bread knife. If you are using your knife as a tool for work you can also put it in your checked luggage.
- Flick Knives
Flick knives are not allowed on plane on-board due to their size and weight. Flick knives could break the window glass of the plane Folding knives
Folding knives are not allowed on planes. The main reason behind this rule is that folding knives can easily open up into a larger knife.
- Plastic knives
Even plastic knives are not allowed on-board due to airline safety and security purposes, so make sure you don’t take one with you.
- Plastic or round-bladed butter knives
Round-bladed butter knives are not allowed on-board as they can be used as weapons.
- Martial arts weapons
Martial arts weapons are not allowed inside the plane because they can hurt other passengers.
- Military style knives
Military style knives are not allowed on board an airplane. Military style knives include daggers, stilettos, machetes etc.
- Razor blade knife
A razor blade knife is not allowed on any kind of transportation including airlines. Razor blade knives can injure someone else’s skin when being handled by accident.
- Any defense weapon
Any items for defense weapons purposes are not allowed inside the plane cabin. You cannot use these things like pepper spray, stun guns, tasers etc.
All major airlines prohibit the use of lighters on flights, so why do some people still use Lighters when the airline staff tell them not to? When I first started flying, I was unaware of the policy, and it took a while for my colleagues to explain to me why I should stop using it.
It took me a while to realize that the reason they don’t want you to use your lighters is not to help the environment, but rather to prevent the risk of a fire on board an airplane, including the possibility of starting a fire during takeoff or landing. Now I know why I should never use them.
If you are traveling with a lighter in your hand luggage, you are in the minority—and that’s because the UK’s new restrictions on hand luggage are aimed at keeping terrorists out of the country. But what effect do these new laws have on our broad general population?
For starters, you can no longer carry a lighter on your person in hand luggage. This means that you can no longer use your lighter to get a fire going.
And if you want to light up at the airport or in another country, you might be subject to random searches. It also means that you can’t carry a lighter in your hand luggage.
- Electronic lighters
In an effort to decrease the use of traditional lighters and increase safety, many airlines now ban the use of electronic lighters.
Still, there are some who believe electronic lighters are better since you don’t have to worry about the flame getting out of control and harming fellow passengers. But still you cannot carry this inside the plane.
- Gun lighters
Gun lighters are not allowed in the airplane because, just like all other types of lighters, they could cause fires. If you’re planning to travel with gun lighters then you need to check whether those countries where you plan to visit allow firearms aboard airplanes.
- Plasma lighters
Plasma lighters are not allowed inside the plane because, as mentioned before, they can start a fire. They are also very dangerous to handle.
So, if you decide to bring one along, make sure you keep it away from children. Or put it on your checked-luggage.
- Torch lighters
Torch lighters are also not allowed inside the plane because, again, they can start a small fire. And even though they look harmless, they aren’t really safe to hold. So, if you decide to take one along, make sure to keep it far away from kids.
- Butterfly lighters
Butterfly lighter is not allowed inside the plane due to its potential danger. The same goes for matches.
Matches are prohibited in most places around the world. In addition, matches are considered flammable materials which may pose a threat to aircrafts.
- Arc lighters
Arch lighters are one of the most common lighter that are not allowed to carry on-board due to, once ignited, they produce enough heat to ignite any nearby combustible material. Arc lighters are also known to emit toxic fumes when used.
- Lighter fluid
The last type of lighter we will discuss here is lighter fluid. Lighter Fluid is highly flammable liquid that contains hydrocarbon compounds such as gasoline, kerosene, etc.
These liquids are commonly found in gas stations and convenience stores. That’s why, airline companies prohibit carrying lighter fluids onboard their planes.
Can you bring knives in checked luggage?
You can carry knives onto the plane as long as you can prove they are for your own use, as a tool, as a work of art, for religious purposes, or as part of a sporting good. All sharp objects must be placed in your checked luggage and not on hand-carry.
In addition, all knives must fit within the dimensions of a standard piece of baggage. If you’re planning on taking a large knife such as a hunting knife, then you’ll need to check it in.
Here are some list of allowable items on a checked baggage:
Common household items
What’s the first thing you think of when someone says the phrase “common household items are allowed for checked luggage” ? A pair of scissors? A can opener? A rolling pin?
While the overwhelming majority of people flying are not carrying any weapons or explosives, you should still ensure that household items such as tools and electronics are allowed in your checked luggage.
It is important to note that all non-powdered items must be thoroughly searched as they may include shrapnel or other dangerous materials that could seriously injure or kill a fellow passenger in the event of an incident.
- Box cutter
Box cutter’s are allowed only for checked in luggage, but not for carryon bags. Box cutters have been banned by airlines since 9/11.
They were originally designed to open boxes containing hazardous chemicals. However, box cutters can easily be modified into a weapon capable of cutting through metal.
- Cable cutters
Cable cutters are only allowed for checked in luggage, however, there has been instances where passengers have attempted to sneak them past security. They are often mistaken for nail clippers.
If you plan on bringing cable cutters with you, please remember to place them in your checked bag so that they do not get lost during transit.
- Sharp objects
Any sharps object you carry must be checked in due to safety and security purposes and because these items cannot be properly screened at airports.
All knives are prohibited from being carried aboard aircrafts. This includes kitchen knives, utility knives, camping knives, carving knives, steak knives, bread knives, paring knives, and many more.
All kinds of knives must be only put on a checked in luggage and it must properly packed.
Do you have to declare knives in checked luggage?
Yes! You need to declare knives in your checked-on luggage. They must be declared as “dangerous goods” in the cargo hold. You should check with the airline before you travel what their policy is regarding knives.
How much weight does a knife weigh?
A typical folding knife weighs about 1 ounce. The blade length varies depending upon whether it is intended for opening cans or slicing food.
What is the meaning of ” Dangerous goods” on airline industry?
Dangerous goods are items that may be harmful or dangerous if mishandled. These items include chemicals, explosives, poisons, flammables and radioactive materials.
Therefore, you will need to declare these items in your checked luggage. If you don’t know how to declare these items, contact your local airport authority.
Can I bring a gun onto an airplane?
No. Federal law prohibits firearms from being transported within the United Kingdom In and out. Firearms are also illegal in most international flights.
However, some countries allow guns to be brought but it must be on a checked-luggage only and not inside the plane. And upon checking-in must provide certain conditions are met.
How to pack a knife in your checked baggage when flying?
When it comes to traveling, we often forget the one essential item that you must carry on a plane with you: your knife. It may seem like a small detail, but your knife is actually an essential part of your emergency preparedness kit.
Luckily, the airport security authorities allows you to pack a little knife with each checked bag, and you can even bring it through the security checkpoint with you. But, there are just a few important things that you must keep in mind when packing a knife in your checked baggage.
- Place the knife in its original packaging.
- Wrap the knife with plastic wrap or packing tape.
- Put the knife into a zip-top bag.
- Make sure that the knife has been unsharpened prior to placing it in the bag.
- Do not use any type of metal container such as a zipper lock case or hard shell suitcase.
- Keep all other personal belongings away from the knife until after you arrive at your destination.
- When arriving at your final destination, make sure that you unpack everything carefully and securely.
- Never leave the knife unattended while unpacking.
- Always store the knife in a safe place where no children or pets could get to it.
- Be careful when using the knife because sharp edges can cause injury.
Knives that appear to be able to be used as weapons will not be allowed on board the aircraft. If you are unsure whether a knife is allowed, it is best to leave it at home.
When packing a knife in your checked baggage, you want to ensure that it is in a secure sheath. You will need to place it in a rigid, see-through case that is made of plastic, cardboard, or wood.
You will also need to pack it in your checked baggage. After that, you can check it in with your luggage.