One of the biggest questions we see at CoolShitGuysNeed.com is what gear can I carry on an airplane? I get it, no one wants TSA to take their cool shit just before flight. Lets face it, not every tool or knife we carry is a $10 item, so when one gets taken, it hurts a little. Here is the simple breakdown of what you can carry on an airplane without fear of the TSA confiscating it.
Blades / Sharp Objects
Lets go ahead and clear this one up, you CANNOT take any sharp objects in your carry on luggage except a disposable shaving razor. Technically, TSA’s website says scissors without pointed tips, and a blade less than 4 inches, are allowed, but many people have had personal experiences that prove otherwise. I know there was a time when people said you could carry small keychain style knives like the Leatherman Squirt or SwissArmy Classic SD but I am here to tell you that you CANNOT. Don’t bring your knives, scissors, or straight razors in your carry on and get mad when TSA takes them.
This one is pretty simple too. You can only carry screwdrivers, wrenches, or pliers that are under 7 inches in total length on the airplane. No crowbars, hammers, hatchets or drills in your carry-on please. If you would like to have some tool at your side, Cool Shit Guys Need suggest the following:
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. No pepper spray, tazer/stun gun, batons, brass knuckles, or anything of the type.
Nothing involving firearms can be carried on an airplane. If you would like more information on checking a firearm please visit the TSA website for Transporting Firearms.
Hopefully this article has cleared up some of the common misconceptions regarding what you can carry on an airplane. One quick note, you can carry a lighter on an airplane. You can only place an empty lighter in checked baggage. If you came here because you are curious about carry on bag sizes, ebags.com has compiled an impressive list of Carry On Bag Sizes by airline.