When taking an early morning flight, wouldn’t you hate if the airport security stopped you because they found a pair of scissors in your bag?
Trust us; you are not alone in this. Many like you had to bid goodbye to their favorite pair of scissors at the airport. To ensure you are never caught in such a mess, I am here to tell you if and when you can carry scissors on a plane.
Taking Scissors Through Airport Security
Unless you want to get into trouble or get delayed during the security check, try to avoid carrying a pair of scissors with long blades. Specifically, do not carry scissors whose blade is longer than 4 inches (6 cm) when calculated from the blade’s tip to the pivot point.
If you carry scissors longer than 6 cm in your hand baggage, they will quickly get detected in the x-ray machine during security checks. And trust me when I say that the security officer will not be lenient!
When the officers detect something sharp in your bags, they will put it aside for extra screening. And rest assured, that’s the last time you will see the scissors. The same problem will arise if you carry a pair of scissors in your pocket. During the security check, the alarm will be set off as soon as you walk through the metal detection machine.
Depending on where you are, you will be pulled aside for further investigation by the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) or the TSA (Transportation Security Administration).
TSA Rules- Carrying Scissors On Planes
If you are wondering-“ does TSA allow scissors on planes?” let me tell you that the answer is not that simple.
There’s no doubt that the TSA is very strict about not allowing people to carry any sharp objects, including scissors, in their bags. However, under certain circumstances, you may be entitled to have a pair. And I will take you through the nitty-gritty in the upcoming sections of the blog.
If you are allowed to carry a pair, you should pack it in a secure wrap. This will help ensure that the officers do not get hurt if they conduct a manual search of your bag. I suggest you do the same if you carry other sharp objects in the checked luggage.
The rules are the same when boarding a flight from any civil airport in India. CISF is equally strict about not letting people carry scissors or any sharp objects, for that matter.
Carrying Scissors In Carry-On Bags- Is It Allowed?
You can carry small scissors on a plane in your carry-on bags, only under one condition. You are good to go if the blade size is not more than four inches when measured from the tip to the pivot point.
Let me tell you loud and clear! Brow tweezers, cuticle trimmers, thread cutting scissors, and safety scissors are all allowed in an airplane as long as the blade is not more than four inches long.
So, you do not have to get bored during long flights anymore. Carry a scissor and all other knitting equipment and have a good time!
Carrying Scissors In Checked Bags- Is It Allowed?
Textile designers and hairdressers often get disheartened when they know they cannot carry their giant scissors in their cabin baggage.
But there’s a solution for that too. If you are in the same boat, there’s nothing to worry about! Airlines do not stop you from carrying scissors in checked baggage. When you put a pair of scissors in your checked bags, remember to wrap them well.
This will help ensure that the officers or handlers don’t hurt if they inspect your luggage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the rules about carrying scissors on a plane the same for all countries?
The rules about carrying scissors on planes vary from one country to another. For example, if you are flying within the USA or to another destination from the USA, you can carry scissors in carry-on bags if the blade is less than 4 inches long.
However, when you are flying from other countries like the EU, UK, or Canada, only scissors with a blade size smaller than 2.36 inches are allowed. Indian airlines, on the other hand, do not allow passengers to carry scissors in cabin baggage if it has a pointed tip.
Can passengers use scissors on a flight?
Absolutely! If you carry a small scissor (of a 4-inch long blade) in the carry-on bag, you are allowed to use it too during your travel time.
Many passengers love to knit, quilt, or sew during long flights. And thankfully, thread-cutting scissors can be used during the journey. Also, you can use cuticle scissors and give yourself a fancy french manicure while on a flight.
Why are scissors not allowed on airplanes?
People are not allowed to carry scissors on planes because they might cause serious security issues.
If long and sharp scissors are allowed, they might be used as a weapon to hurt someone. And in the worst-case scenario, they might be used as a weapon to threaten other people’s lives and hijack a plane.
I hope I have cleared all your doubts about whether you can carry scissors on a plane.
Airlines mainly advise passengers to refrain from carrying sharp objects in planes, not just scissors. However, if you follow the guidelines, you can have one without any issues.
Just ensure that the blades are not longer than the prescribed length mentioned by your airline.
Until next time, Ciao!