My suitcases are very small (smaller than the maximum dimensions allowed for carry-on items), so I can't put my skillet inside and check the suitcase. I wonder if it is possible to take the skillet with me as a carry-on item. The skillet has a box.

Oh also, this is for an international flight to the US.

EDIT: Based on the list of forbidden items, it doesn't seem skillets are forbidden...

  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal).
  • Knives with blades more than 6cm. Lighter top-up fuel (passengers are allowed to carry one disposable lighter in a clear re-sealable plastic bag).
  • Razor blades.
  • Scissors - specifically, blades measuring greater than 6cm in length.
  • Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence).
  • Builder's tools.
  • Hammers, nails or screw-drivers.
  • Darts.
  • Sporting bats.
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues.
  • Catapults and sling-shots.
  • Umbrellas - unless foldable.
  • Acid.
  • Explosives
  • Gas cartridges, or gas cartridge re-fills.
  • Paint.
  • Lighter fuel.
  • Mercury.
  • Restraining Items - such as, handcuffs, fishing line or restraining tape.
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    TSA reports for a cast-iron skillet: check only. What's your originating airport?
    – mkennedy
    May 1, 2015 at 17:01
  • you can't check the suitcase or you don't have to? I've seen some bags on the luggage belt that could have been carryon, but were checked. In fact, I've done it myself on more than one occasion. May 1, 2015 at 18:48
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    I can check the suitcase, but my suitcase is too small to hold the skillet.
    – Alex
    May 1, 2015 at 20:05
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    – phoog
    May 1, 2015 at 22:35
  • @phoog: I will go through the security check point in the UK, not in the US (no layover in the US)
    – Alex
    May 2, 2015 at 4:35

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It would depend on the security officer that checks you in and the country where your flight originates.

TSA doesn't allow frying pans especially cast iron ones it's check only as evidenced in a blog from Forbes.

TSA also has a mobile app now that you can look at. But since it's a flight originating from another country TSA rules may not apply so originating country's rules will have to be followed.

Based on additional information

There is nothing specific regarding skillets for carry-on luggage in the UK so they may allow skillet through but I would still put it into a checked bag or just ship it home.

  • I am not sure but I seem to remember something like 'blunt object' not being allowed, as in something that can be used to hit/kill someone. (I have used the UK as well as other EU airports).
    – Willeke
    May 1, 2015 at 18:05
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    @Willeke Therein lies a problem. There is no clarification...
    – Karlson
    May 1, 2015 at 18:08
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    Another thing to keep in mind: Regardless of your country of origin, if you have a connection in the U.S. (say, you're flying from London to New York then connecting to Nashville,) you will go through a TSA checkpoint at the connection. Similarly, regardless of your country of origin, you will go through a TSA checkpoint on your return flight. So, unless you're planning a one-way trip to the U.S. with no connections, TSA rules will indeed apply at some point on your trip.
    – reirab
    May 1, 2015 at 20:01
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    @reirab Not necessarily but a good point.
    – Karlson
    May 1, 2015 at 20:03
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    @GayotFow Stranger things have been known to happen and stranger people have been known to travel...
    – Karlson
    May 2, 2015 at 2:34

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