On my last flight I was served a meal with a metal knife and fork, which was a pleasant change compared to plastic utensils. This gave me the idea of packing my own utensils for the next flight as a small way of improving the economy experience.

However, would I be allowed to take a standard knife and fork through airport security? By 'standard' I'm referring to something like this:

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To make the question less broad I'm restricting it to North American and European airports.


From the US side, the TSA run a website, giving generic advice on whether items can taken as carry-on, in checked luggage, or not at all. Note the important disclaimer that the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint, but searching for "utensils" gives the response:

Carry On Bags: Yes

Checked Bags: Yes

Knives, except for plastic or round-bladed butter knives, are not allowed in carry-on bags.

So, you're likely to be ok with the fork and the spoons, but the table knife is liable to be confiscated.

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    "round-bladed butter knives" seem to be the kind I want to take on board – JonathanReez Supports Monica Jun 8 '18 at 16:56
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    I would be mightily surprised if you consistently got through with those. Don’t take your grandmother’s silverware if you’re not ready to abandon it at the security checkpoint... – jcaron Jun 8 '18 at 17:07
  • @JonathanReez It'll depend on whether they mean the general meaning of any non-serrated table knife or the strict "this knife is only for butter" meaning! – mkennedy Jun 8 '18 at 18:06
  • I have had forks confiscated in Europe on two occasions. Both times I left one in my bag accidentally. It triggers an in depth bag search that can take a while. So I wouldn't recommend it. – Avelina Jun 8 '18 at 20:11

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