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I always used to pack a pocket knife in my checked luggage when travelling, but now that I'm travelling with carry-on bags only, security restrictions prevent me from bringing a pocket knife.

Is there a good substitute for a pocket knife that has a good selection of tools (for example, screwdrivers, bottle opener, small scissors), but no knives, so it is legal to carry on board?

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"Tools" may be turned back at the discretion of the inspector, in my experience. – user22254 Nov 3 '14 at 21:20
I agree. I have had experiences where I could bring my personal devices through just fine, but the "Work Equipment" I was carrying was inspected and questioned thoroughly. – sysdmin Jan 17 at 2:57
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I believe what you're looking for is called the Knifeless Leatherman.

  • 8 in | 19 cm Ruler
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Hard-wire Cutters
  • Large Screwdriver
  • Needlenose Pliers
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Regular Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wire Stripper

but importantly, NO KNIVES!

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The Knifeless Fuse is listed in the "Retired" section of the Leatherman website, so it may be harder to find. However, they also have the Style PS which is smaller and lighter, and also knifeless, and is a current model. This may be perfect for me. – TimB Nov 17 '11 at 23:59
I doubt that this is allowed in cabin. See TSA: Prohibited items – mouviciel Nov 18 '11 at 8:33
This sounds far more dangerous than a water bottle... – dbkk Nov 19 '11 at 19:19
@Mark Mayo: Have you actually got such an item through security anywhere? – WW. Dec 28 '11 at 1:56
If it has an 8-inch ruler, then I'm assuming that the tool is larger than 7 inches. TSA states that tools over 7" are not allowed on board. Incidentally, though, screw drivers under 7" actually are allowed. Hammers, drills, and drill bits aren't allowed, though. It appears that scissors actually are allowed if their blade length is shorter than 4 inches. – reirab Sep 19 '14 at 15:50

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