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TSA scissors question

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by skippyW, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. skippyW


    Jul 1, 2013
    From what I've read in several places, scissors less that 4 inches is allowed by TSA in carry on. Nowhere I've looked clarifies if this is blade length or overall length. My wife wants to take a hair cutting scissors blade length less than 4, overall length more than 4. Post a link if you have one, otherwise don't reply if you don't know for certain. It's a domestic flight, not international if that matters.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    I think its overall length. The reason I'm replying is that there are no rules. Each agent can use their discretion to allow or deny pretty much anything, and the rules are intentionally vague to allow for this. Either way, pointed scissors would likely be denied.
  3. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    I fly with scissors in my carry-on with blades 3.2 inches and overall length 5.5 inches. Been doing it for years. Go through TSA at least 80 times a year. They very rarely look at them, but never an issue to date. I also always have a self-addressed and stamped priority mail box in my computer bag, just in case they might take issue or if I somehow miss a knife.
  4. Getahl


    Dec 22, 2007
  5. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    That's a really good idea.
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  6. dryflytrout


    Jan 15, 2017
    Why not just check them? Is she planning on trimming other passenger's hair mid flight?
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  7. Getahl


    Dec 22, 2007
    Can't speak for the OP, but I prefer carry on. Checking bags typically costs extra cash on most carriers, I don't want to plan to spend extra time checking a bag, especially with the route into my local LAX as craptastic as it is, and don't want to wait for baggage claim to cycle. Or hassle with missing luggage. It's not that I won't check a bag under any circumstances. It's just easier to travel with carry on, and reasonably sized scissors are an easy way to bring a cutting implement along for the ride.

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