Can I Take a Kitchen Knife on a Plane?

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“Can I bring a kitchen knife in my checked luggage?”

That’s the main question, right? A good chef knife is great to have around you all the time because you love it. And there is a considerable number of people prefer keeping a knife around when traveling either for protection or convenience purposes.

There are even people who have a ritual of slipping a pocketknife into their pockets before setting out for the day. However, if you are planning to travel on a plane, you may need to reconsider your decision of packing a kitchen knife in your luggage.

This is because even though you may not have any bad intentions of packing your knife, airport authorities will most likely regard the knife to be a dangerous weapon. Here are some of the things you should know about carrying knives on a plane:

Flying with knives

According to air transport security guidelines, travelers can be allowed to fly with legalized types of knives but cannot bring the blades on board the plane packed in the traveler’s carry-on luggage. The only types of knives that are allowed in the carry-on luggage are plastic and round-bladed butter cutters.

That means even if you love your great paring knives, or your newly purchased carving knives, you can’t bring them along with you onboard.

Kitchen knives are banned from onboard luggage but can be packed in the other luggage provided they are packed well.

However, there are instances when the airport security may consider confiscating the knife especially if it is not securely packed or if they may deem it as a potential weapon that can be used to harm other travelers or crew.

Which are the provisions for a knife being allowed on a plane?

If you are keen on traveling with a knife during your next trip on a plane, there are certain provisions worth noting.

These provisions provide the basis for which a knife can be allowed in the plane. For starters, the cutter’s blade should not exceed 6 centimeters/2.36 inches in length.

That means shorter knives such as Chinese meat cleavers, or a set of great steak knives are more likely to be accepted since they’re shorter.

Knives whose blades are longer than this are confiscated as they are regarded to be weapons. Additionally, the blade width should not exceed 0.5 inches at the widest point.

What is more about these provisions is that the cutter should not feature a molded grip or have a locking/fixed blade. Since kitchen blades do not meet these provisions, they are therefore not admissible onboard planes.

Which types of knives are allowed on planes?

There are certain types of knives that can be carried onboard the plane without getting into trouble with airport security.

These blades include hinge corkscrew blades, pocket style knives, and foil cutters. However, it is worth noting that the permissibility of these knives onboard planes are subject to review by the airport security and flight crew.

So, if you’re thinking about bring onboard long bread knives that you really love, you would find it to be pretty hard since they’re much longer than other types of knives.

In most instances, you will most likely be asked to put the blades in any other luggage except that which you are planning to carry onboard the sitting compartment in the plane. Other cutting equipment that you will most probably not be allowed to carry into the plane includes a pair of scissors, machetes and razor blades.

If you are carrying your kitchen knife to the airport and are not allowed to carry it with you to the plane, you can consider leaving behind with the person seeing you off or leave it in your car.

This way, you will still have your knife when you return from your trip rather than have the airport security confiscate it.