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
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    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.
    – user58700
    Jan 17 '16 at 2:57
  • @user58700: What did the work equipment say in response? :-P
    – Vikki
    Oct 13 '19 at 3:37

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
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    I doubt that this is allowed in cabin. See TSA: Prohibited items
    – mouviciel
    Nov 18 '11 at 8:33
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    This sounds far more dangerous than a water bottle...
    – dbkk
    Nov 19 '11 at 19:19
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    @Mark Mayo: Have you actually got such an item through security anywhere?
    – WW.
    Dec 28 '11 at 1:56
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    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

I've had a bicycle Y-wrench, about three inches across, small enough to forget in my pocket, refused. They did let me mail it to myself, which was approximately the same cost as replacing it.

Scissors are definitely a no-no. About a dozen years ago I traveled with my 80-year-old mother. She had a small scissors caught inside the lining of her purse, about the size of the scissors blade of a Swiss-army knife. It showed on the X-ray, and the bag made multiple passes through the machine until they managed to find it and confiscate it.

I agree with the observation that ANYTHING tool-like is likely not to make it.

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    The question makes sense in an international context, because the ban on knives is very widespread. However, this answer seems to be specific to one country, but doesn't say which. Please be explicit about where this happened, so that people can make their own decisions as to how far to extrapolate your experience. Jun 29 '18 at 7:45

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