AirTravel Tips – Traveling With Tools

by Tanja Martens

Are you a handyman business? If so, it is likely that you used to carry your tools around you wherever you go. In fact, there is also a chance that you may need to travel with them. Whether traveling for business or not, it is important to know that the airline industry as a specific set of rules on air transport tools. If you plan brining your tools with you, you want to take the time to famialrize yourself with these rules. Doing so may prove useful, in more ways than one.

Before examining what tools are not allowed to board an airline and those, it is important to know one thing, there are different types of rules. Most airlines are not strictly forbidden to carry tools with you, but they do not restrict you to wear them at certain times. For example, you will find many tools can be stored in checked baggage, but they are prohibited from being stored in your carryon luggage. If at any time you are confused about these prohibitions, you are advised to contact your airline for additional information.

One group of tools that are banned from carryon luggage includes sharp objects. With the recent focus on airport security, you should already be well aware of this type of ban. Saws, saw blades, drills, and box cutters are banned from all airplane cabins. Essentially, this means that you cannot store these items in your carryon luggage; however, they can be packed in your checked baggage. Since all baggage, including the bags that you do not plan on keeping with you at all times, needs to be searched, you are advised to properly secure these tools. Not doing so may result in an air airline employee receiving an injury that could have been prevented.

In addition to tools with sharp edges, there is also a carryon luggage ban on tools that could be used as a deadly weapon. These tools include axes, hatchets, cattle prods, hammers, and crowbars. This ban is mostly imposed due to the size and weight of these items. As with most other tools, the airline industry will allow you to store these heavy tools in your checked baggage.

Although it may seem as if all tools are banned from your carryon luggage, this is not the case. There are a number of tools that can be stored in your carryon luggage. These tools include a screwdriver and pliers. Other tools may also be allowed, but they must not have been mentioned above. It is also necessary that these tools are not more than seven inches long. In cases where there are more than seven inches, you need to make other arrangements.

Although some tools can be stored in your carryon baggage, it may be a good idea to put these items in your checked luggage or leave them at home. Even if these points are accepted, you can raise the suspicion of having you on board an aircraft. That suspicion may not necessarily come from the airport security officials, but it can come from other passengers. With the way the world works today, it might be better if you refrain from including these tools in your carryon baggage, unless you absolutely need them.

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