If self defense at 30,000 feet is what you're looking for, train with a belt or blanket or something like that and forget knives. Too much hassle. I woulden't want to get into a stabbing match with anyone up there anyways.
I've never had a problem with checking a bag with a knife or two in it. Usually it is a Leatherman Supertool and a Kershaw Leek. Been all over the US without incident. The interesting thing is one time from LA to Vegas, a friend of mine had the plastic handle broken off of her hair brush. It didn't get broken in transit, they actually took the handle
I travel by plane at least once a year, to the US (Florida), the Caribbean, Mexico, and other places and have never had any issues with knives in my checked luggage. I usually travel with a couple SAKs, Spydercos, Leatherman Wave. On one of the trips I made last year to Florida, I forgot my Leatherman Wave in my Carry-On back pack and they never even caught it when it went through the scanner. It was only when I got home and was unpacking that I realized it was in my carry-on.
one of the cold steel dvds shows how many of their swords and such that you can fit in a singe checked bag. ive also looked into firearm transport laws for flying and as long as its in your checked bag unloaded and you dont have any ammo your good, so i cant see why youd loose your knife in a checked bag unless its stolen. as for carrying in the airport...well the plastic shiv would work up untill you get to one of those body scanners or have your cavity checked...im sure theyll notice the plastic shank hanging from your neck...
If you're in the CONUS, carry your knives in a locked (not with a TSA lock, mind you) Pelican case with a starting pistol or a wal-mart flare gun inside. They're regarded as firearms, and you just put your valuable stuff in with them. Show the TSA when you check your baggage, and that's that. No further problems.
And yeah, times have really changed. I remember when you could bing fly-fishing gear on the plane no problem in a tubular case. The guy would ask, "what do you have there?" "Fly fishing gear." "Move along."
I used to fly with a butterfly knife, pre-9/11. Hell, a few times a flew with my G19 in a shoulder holster, because I forgot to put it in checked baggage.
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That's the good thing about spyderco you can padlock the hole to your suitcase frame. Could probably get a lock of some sort through your lanyard hole of some knives
I've been considering buying something like the PacSafe TravelSafe 100 for traveling, to keep my knives and other small valuables in inside my suitcase, as well as in my hotel room.
I usually just keep my knives in the pockets of my folded cargo pants or cargo shorts. More recently I've been keeping them in small zippered pouches like my Maxped Cocoon Pouches inside my suitcase.
It will never be possible for that to work again in our lifetimes since all the passengers would instantly dogpile them no matter what they have...in fact that's already happened several times.
The 9/11 highjackers in effect exploited a glitch in a human risk analysis process. A bug that has now been patched.
Actually no they make you sit strapped like sheeple 30 minutes before landing in DC
Sorry OT but Joben I emailed you and PM'ed ya!
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