Airplane Safe and TSA Approved Tools – Part 1

Airplane Safe and TSA Approved Tools – Part 1

What do you need to know about Airplane Safe and TSA Approved Tools?

The TSA has been around since 2001. They were originally created to prevent terrorists from boarding planes. However, they have expanded their mandate over the years and now it includes all types of security measures. You may not think about them much, but they actually do a pretty good job at keeping us safe.

TSA approved tools are items that meet certain safety requirements and guidelines set forth by the agency. These include things like having a locking mechanism, being able to open with a key or combination lock, having an alarm system and so on.

Some of these tools even come with extra features such as screwdrivers made out of stainless steel!

Some of the most commonly used tools that are TSA approved include:

Scissors (and other cutting instruments)

Knives (including box cutters)

Binoculars/Lenses (with filters) and Tripods/Nosesets/Rockets (without batteries)

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These TSA approved tools have also been used by bomb disposal units and law enforcement agencies in the United States and around the world. It is always best to keep the original packaging for these devices so that you can prove that you aren’t using them for an illegal or dangerous purpose.

While scissors are usually allowed, large blade types (e.g. those that are used for hunting) are typically not allowed for obvious reasons.

You can also find TSA approved locks that are available to purchase. These are great for locking up your bags and keeping them safe during travel.

If you want to find the best quality locks, you will need to go through a third-party company and not the TSA directly.

What tools can I pack in my carry on?

There are several objects that most people commonly bring with them. These objects include things such as books, clothes, toiletries and other items that can be used for personal hygiene. When packing for air travel, you may be wondering if you can take these common objects with you on the plane. The answer is yes! You can pack scissors, knives, screwdrivers and more in your carry-on bag as long as they are TSA approved.

What about packing non-TSA approved items?

It is important to remember that the TSA has different rules and regulations in place for checked baggage. They do not have as many security measures in place when it comes to your checked luggage so you shouldn’t put any objects in your bag that could potentially cause harm to others. For this reason, it is advised that you do not pack items such as:

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Adhesives (glues, epoxies, paint, etc. that may be liquid or gel)

Arrow (with an arrowhead)

Baseball/Lacrosse/Hockey Bat

Beach/Golf Clubs




Firearms/ammunition (or anything that looks like a firearm such as a toy, no matter what the context)

Hammer (including claw hammers and sledgehammers)

Nails (or anything that may be perceived as a nail such as a pen)

Scissors (that are large and not TSA approved)

Snow Shovel


These types of items must be packed in your checked bag or left at home. You should also never pack any type of explosives or flammable liquids such as fuel in either your checked baggage or carry-on.

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You can find more information about packing these types of objects by visiting the TSA’s prohibited items list.

Final Tips

When preparing to go through airport security, it is always best to organize your carry-on luggage so that you can quickly get through the line. You will be required to take out all of the electronics in your bag and place them in a bin.

You will also need to take out any books, large items, and other objects that cannot be x-rayed. You should also wear clothes that are easy to take on and off as you may be asked to do this.

If you are traveling internationally, the TSA has even stricter guidelines for carrying liquids on-board. These carry-on regulations have more to do with the amount of liquids you are bringing on the plane rather than their content.

You can read more about these restrictions by visiting the TSA’s website.

These are just a few of the most common questions that people have when flying. The TSA has more guidelines in place for flying, but these are the ones that most people are interested in.

If you want to be safe, it is always best to read over the TSA’s guidelines so that you know what is prohibited and permitted before going through airport security.

Security is a top priority when traveling. Not only do you need to be concerned about your personal belongings and luggage while at the airport, but you also have to be aware of what you are bringing with you on-board the plane.

From sharp objects to flammable liquids, there are many things that aren’t permitted when going through security.

But what items are actually dangerous and which ones aren’t?

This is a common question that many travelers have when preparing to go through TSA security.

Knives, Tools and Other Sharp Objects

You typically won’t have to remove knives or most tools from your carry-on luggage or person when going through airport security. There are, however, some restrictions on the type of knife you can bring on a plane.

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You cannot bring on a knife that has a cutting blade of more than 2 inches or a razor blade. It is also important to note that you can bring small scissors on the plane, but only if the blade is less than 4 inches long. Although most types of tools and knives will not be a problem, you may be asked to take out any knives or tools from your luggage for separate screening.

Tools or knives that are attached to a gun are typically permitted on the plane, but you may receive additional screening before boarding. This is because these types of tools typically look like real firearms and could cause concern.

Other sharp objects like darts, knitting needles, screwdrivers and sword can be brought on the plane, but you will have to place them in your carry-on bag for screening. You should not bring any item with a sharp point or cutting edge in your checked baggage.

If you have any doubts about an item, it is always best to put it in your checked baggage.

There are additional restrictions on certain sports equipment, so be sure to read the guidelines before traveling. These restrictions are in place to ensure safety on the plane and not to limit the amount of items you can bring with you.

The TSA has an obligation to keep all travelers safe so having these restrictions in place helps prevents people from doing harm to others on the plane.

On average, more than 66 firearms are discovered by TSA officials every week. These illegal firearms can include actual ammunition, parts of a gun and replicas of firearms.

If you have any type of gunpowder, you must store it in your checked bag and not in your carry-on items. Gunpowder is very sensitive and could easily explode, so the TSA limits its transport to only checked baggage.

There are many more items that can cause harm if used incorrectly. It is important to put yourself, as well as others, in danger by bringing any of these items on the plane.

Ignorance is never an excuse when it comes to terrorism so having the TSA guidelines in place will help prevent you from attempting to board the plane with any illegal or dangerous items.

Flammable Items

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From flammable liquids, aerosols, matches and lighters, these types of materials can cause extreme danger to others around you as well as yourself. Most flammable liquids are not permitted past the TSA security check point.

There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. Small amounts of medically necessary liquids and toiletries are permitted after you pass through security. Some drinks that are under 100 ml with bottles under 3.4 ounces can be brought on the plane if you place them in a single, clear, quart-sized bag. This bag should also be placed in your screening bin.

Matches, lighters and other types of open flames are strictly prohibited from any type of carry-on bag or luggage. Any aerosols like hair sprays, air fresheners, spray paints and any other pressurized containers will be tested by the TSA to ensure that they are not dangerous.

If you do have flammable liquids, pressurized containers or any of the other materials listed above, you can place them in your checked bag.

Many people forget about their e-cigarettes when they are packing for their trip. E-cigarettes are typically allowed, but there are some exceptions.

If the power button is able to be activated, it must be placed in your checked baggage. This is because TSA agents need to ensure that the e-cigarette cannot accidentally turn on during transit. If the e-cig does not have a power button, then you can typically bring it on the plane with you in your carry-on bag.


Most types of knives are allowed, but there are a few that will cause you issues with the TSA if you decide to bring them on the plane. Most types of knives will typically not be an issue, but there are four that you may encounter problems with.

Any type of switchblade or automatic knife is strictly prohibited. Balisong knives, also known as batangas, butterfly or fan knives, are also not allowed either. Kukri and cat knives are also on the no-no list. If any of these types of knives are found in your bag, you will not be allowed to bring them on the plane.

The TSA has created a list of all prohibited items that you can find here.

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Updated by Robert Hanson

Robert has been writing for a self-help websites for 3 years and enjoys writing about a variety of topics, including travel and technology. When not researching the next great vacation spot, he can be found watching horror movies or exploring the outdoors.

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