Apparently I've had an adjustable spanner in my suitcase for who knows how long. On my most recent flight I had to have it tossed away in airport security. This even though I've flown with it many times before. And I only flew on a short domestic flight in a 20 seat airplane.

The reason the officer gave me was "You are not allowed to bring tools on-board".

I find this rather silly. Is it true?

My spanner was the same size as the one pictured below, or maybe even smaller.

A normal adjustable spanner

  • It was Åland, so maybe the Finnish list. Dec 9 '19 at 16:53
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    Same thing happened on Malaysia - KLIA2. it was a really small normal spanner. Dec 10 '19 at 2:02
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    I brought a digital voltmeter on board once. Dec 10 '19 at 2:30
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    @MikaelDúiBolinder I disguised it as a digital ammeter. Dec 10 '19 at 2:34
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    @MikaelDúiBolinder , the restrictions are not supposed to help against terrorists, but give the public a feeling of security. All the limits are easily bypassed for anyone with a brain (fortunately, many terrorists are not in that class).
    – Aganju
    Dec 10 '19 at 2:34

Finnair links to the website of security consultancy firm Finsecpro which has a searchable database of "What to bring on a flight". If you search for adjustable wrench, it says "Cabin baggage: No."

So if this is accurate, the officer was correct to tell you that you cannot bring your spanner on board.

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