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Old 12-12-2007, 11:01 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by dex View Post
That's the way it should be.
Hey I have a knife - here it is - I give it to you before I get on the flight - you give it to me when I get off the flight.
Are you expecting the pilot to wait at security and see if you need something to take along? The logistics of this are almost impossible at any decent sized airport.

Actually, I stand corrected. They have exactly that program in place right now. It's called checked luggage. I think you need to figure out how to make this work for you.

I'm not trying to be an ass, but do you really think you're the only one who wants to skip baggage claim and just take one or two prohibited items on? Can you imagine the mess both to get those things to the plane, and then claim them afterwards if everyone tried to do this?

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Old 12-12-2007, 11:06 PM   #22
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Have you considered stopping in Switzerland and picking up another one? I mean being there and all that.

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Old 12-13-2007, 02:52 PM   #23
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Figure out a way to check it or mail it. If you don't, even if you manage to get it through security in the US, you'll have to deal with it again when you come home. In many airports in Europe security is even tighter than it is here. For example, TSA finally started allowing us to bring small cuticle scissors in our carry-ons a year or two ago, however, when I tried to get on a flight in Berlin, I lost yet another pair because European regs do not allow them (it didn't even occur to me to check it because I knew it was okay in the US) .
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Old 12-15-2007, 12:53 PM   #24
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How cool, Kevin! Thanks for the link! I love knife gadgets and this one is new to me!
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Originally Posted by kevink View Post
My advice is to skip the Swiss Army Knife and carry a Swiss-Tech Utili-Key on your keyring:

I've traveled with one of these for years, including 5 months in Asia last winter, and no screener has ever spotted it, since it looks like a key. Meanwhile, it has a razor-sharp 3" knife blade along with screwdrivers (Philips and flat), bottle opener, eyeglass screwdriver, etc. Nice tool (and so much for airport security).
I'm thinking that attempting to bring a 3" knife that is designed to look like a key aboard a commercial aircraft might get you the $2500 fine, but maybe if you started laughing and "aw, shucks! You goofs never caught it before"-ing, you might find yourself at the $10K level with any luck.

What is so important about having a knife that you can't be without it for a few days and it is worth a possible big fine and a criminal entanglement? I know what Freud would say.

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