Flying with tools (not the other passengers)
January 11, 2010 11:47 AM Subscribe
Question about flying with common hand tools in my carry-on bag, US domestic flight.
posted by Bohemia Mountain to travel & transportation (23 answers total)
I'm flying this coming weekend to pick up a vintage 4x4 that I am purchasing from a friend. I would like to bring some tools with me to address any issues on my drive from the bay area back to LA. I'll be getting off the plane and driving right back to LA. Thought about taking the train, but the time-table and super slow trains here in California just weren't going to work out. I'll be flying from Burbank -> Phoenix -> San Jose on US Airways. Direct flights were super expensive to book this late in the game. There aren't any super cheap Harbor Freight stores on my route home, and I don't want to buy expensive wrench sets at a big box store either.
TSA prohibited items list
states that i can carry on hand tools, screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers that are less than 7 inches in length. I realize that these guidelines are often left to the discretion of the screener, so that's why I'm asking here. I'd like to take a ratchet set in a small case, and a roll of box wrenches. This will easily fit in my normal carry-on bag. I don't want to check a bag because of my layover/transfer in Phoenix and the baggage charges. Anyone have any recent experience carrying tools carry-on? Thanks!