When we took the overnight train from Paris to Venice, our sleeper cabin had a window that would NOT stay up. McGyver type that I am, I longed for my Leatherman multitool to solve the problem. I have since purchased a Leatherman Style PS Multi-Tool that is advertised as being TSA compliant - as it has no blade, however, I have heard stories about it being not being allowed on some domestic and international flights. Do any RS Forum folks have personal experiences with the Leatherman Style PS Multi-Tool passing muster and/or running afoul with the TSA or other airport security personnel around the globe?
I suspect that whether the PS Multi-Tool is allowed on a flight will depend on the mood of the TSA officer. It may be allowed in some cases but there's also the chance it could be "binned" and you'd lose your investment. One of the handles has a pointed end and resembles a knife, so that could be enough to have it confiscated. However, the TSA list does say that "Multi Tool without blades" is allowed.
Although I doubt that the airliner windows need to be repaired in mid-flight ...
Another reason for checking bags. Had to do it once to save a Swiss Army Knife from confiscation.
Considering my husband had a problem with the nail file on his nail clippers on a flight from Inverness to Belfast, I would put your Multi-Tool in your checked bag.
The post from rsheltn above is a good reminder that the TSA only operates in the US (and foreign airports with preclearance like in Canada and Ireland). When flying from airports in other countries, the security rules can be different.
That said, I've read other stories of people having trouble with the nail file on a nail clipper; one person said the TSA screener had them break off the file, and they were then allowed to take it on the plane!
I agree that if you really want to take it and really don't want to take a chance on having it confiscated, take a Leatherman in checked luggage only.
I don't check luggage; I travel only with carry on. Anybody have experience with the Leatherman Style PS Multi-Tool and foreign airport security?
What is your experience with tweezers and the TSA.
Someone else's experience is hardly the issue. The TSA presents some rules, gives some examples, then reality is entirely up to the agent doing screening. For what it is worth, the TSA website: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring specifically mentions "Leatherman tools" as a definite "No", they do not get into the specific models.
Also as was mentioned, once in Europe, either on a "domestic" flight, or on your way back, you are then under European rules, and they simply atate no sharp objects or items that can be used as a weapon...again, entirely up to the agents to decide.
All that sounds arbitrary, and it is, but you can not have firm rules that cover every eventuality. If you say a small knife under 2 inches is OK, I can find an example of very deadly knives that meet that "rule". As to your original question, someone getting by with something does not mean you will. You can try, but be prepared to lose it..
Yup, years ago the tsa person spotted the scissors in my small mending kit. The "blade" portion was about half an inch long and it always took about 3 attempts to get a single thread cut......but into the destroy bin they went
Would it be possible (like our cork screw conversation) to acquire one there and check a bag going home?
The ban of small blades or even multitools is irrational and meaningless. The issue of safety revolves around whether or not someone can gain access to and control of the cockpit, not whether or not they can harm a very few passengers or members of the cabin crew. There are plenty of items on board EVERY flight that can be used as weapons - a Coke can, an inflight magazine rolled to a pointy cone shape, drink carts, fire extinguishers, etc., ad infinitum. However, none of those things will allow someone to gain entry to the cockpit and no matter what, no matter how much carnage anybody managed to carry out in the cabin, no pilot will ever allow anybody to ever gain access to the cockpit again. It was access to the cockpit that caused the mass carnage on 9/11, NOT the utility knives. And, as we saw by the reactions of the passengers onboard the ill fated flight 93 on 9/11, such terrorism was rendered ineffective even before the terrorists' actions that day were complete.
I carry a pocket knife or a multitool almost everywhere I go except on a plane and have done so nearly my entire life. Why am I suddenly a potentially crazed assassin while flying? I grew up with the notion that there are two kinds of people: those who carry pocket knives and those who ask the former if they can borrow their knives. It's a shame that we seem to have lost all sense of reason when anybody invokes the mantra "terrorism." My bladeless Leatherman Style PS Multi-Tool isn't going to allow me to gain control of any cockpit, no matter how much of a McGyver type I might be.
Some of the rules do seem irrational, but unfortunately those are the rules we're stuck with for the moment. The current restrictions even ban the small knife that is part of the Swisscard, which the manufacturer labels as a "letter opener". I always have to remove the knife and store it in my checked luggage as I know without any doubt that my local airport will not allow it in the cabin.
If you must take it, put in a checked bag. I've "lost" small folding sissors once and a corkscrew with no blade being fully acceptable in my carry-on by the TSA, later confiscated by French security folks.
As I stated earlier, I don't check any bags, I only go with carry-on, and I'm certainly not going to check a bag just to take a multi-tool.
If you want to try, I would specifically show it to the TSA personnel doing the screening and ask if its OK, rather than wait for them to see something suspicious and dig it out. They do have the discretion to turn away anything they don't like, regardless of what the written guidance says.
As mentioned, other countries have different rules. Some countries require taking out iPads and E-readers from bags, for example.
Risk losing it to the TSA or EU security agents. Buy one abroad. Send one ahead to your hotel or Amex office if you are a member.