I was given a small set of screw drivers. A set of 8 bits and a plastic cable.

Can I transport that in hand-luggage?

I will be flying inside European Union.

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  • From where to where? – JoErNanO Dec 29 '15 at 10:33
  • @JoErNanO updated – nsn Dec 29 '15 at 10:35
  • Do you have just the bits, or do you actually have the screwdriver handle (into which the bits go) as well? – jcaron Dec 29 '15 at 13:06
  • I have the actual screw driver. But its just a plastic handle where you also keep the bits. This was a one of those company gifts. Not a real "hard core" tool. – nsn Dec 29 '15 at 13:45
  • I've never had any comment about these, not even from the US TSA. – Michael Hampton Dec 29 '15 at 16:30

EU Regulations

The list of prohibited items drawn up by the EU doesn't mention screwdriver bits explicitly. I would not take this to mean that screwdriver bits are indeed allowed in your hand-luggage. Rather, these regulations are often left vague enough so as to allow the airport security staff enough wiggle room to rule on a case-by-case fashion. However, the linked document has an entire paragraph on workmen's tools which includes all of the following in the list of items forbidden in hand-luggage:

d. workmen's tools (tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft), including:

  • crowbars,
  • drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills,
  • tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels,
  • saws, including cordless portable power saws,
  • blowtorches,
  • bolt guns and nail guns;

An over-zealous airport security staff member might consider as either screwdrivers, drill bits or both, and thus might disallow you from carrying them on the plane in your hand-luggage. As usual, to be safe, I'd put these in my check-in luggage.

TSA and CATSA Regulations

For completeness sake, note that TSA allows screwdrivers of length ≤ 7in to be carried in hand-luggage:

TSA prohibited items list

Similarly, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) seems to allow tools of length ≤ 6cm in hand-luggage:

CATSA allows tools of length ≤ 6cm in hand-luggage

Once again, if the value of your screwdriver bits is too high to risk having them confiscated at the airport, I would check them in regardless of what the regulations say. Better be safe than sorry.


I was given a small set of screw drivers. A set of 8 bits and a plastic cable.
Can I transport that in hand-luggage?
I will be flying inside European Union.

Not with any certainty of their not being confiscated, regardless of what rules may or may not say.

I have had more innocuous items than that confiscated (not in Europe).

FWIW, if it was in a pack pocket surrounded by coins and other small miscellaneous metal paraphenalia then a medium size Swiss Army Knife might make the trip from London to Paris undetected.(Or may not).
(As may happen if a passenger discovered that they were carrying it only after their main baggage had been checked*.)(Don't ask me how I know). That being the case, the same may apply to a very small toolkit. If this did happen the passenger would probably want their awareness of the tools inclusion to be plausibly deniable.

  • Said hypothetical knife may have (hypothetically) been the one which fell foul of a Chinese inland airline security check about 10 years later. Doh!

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