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trymonlam Jan 15, 2008 05:28 AM

Guys,
I've spend the last 10 years of my life in the united states studying and working. in about 8 month or so I might make the permanent move back home. I've got a knife roll with all the tools i intend to keep. however i've never travel with one of these on a plane before. Soo.... my question is, can a knife roll filled with knifes and kitchen tools be part of the checked in lugage on a plane? is doing this legal? how do other cooks travel with their knives when the job require them to hit the road?

thanks for all comments in advance.

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    charlottecooks Jan 20, 2008 10:50 AM

    I've traveled with a huge knife roll in my checked luggage throughout Australia (where I got the knifes), New Zealand, to LA and back to Atlanta. Absolutely no problems at all. I have no idea if, or how many times, my suitcase had been opened and investigated, but I certainly didn't notice or see anything myself.

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      crowbar Jan 19, 2008 05:22 PM

      I travelled internationally recently with a 3 foot ceremonial sword. Called my travel agent before I packed and learned, like the other posters have mentioned, that it could be packed in my checked baggage. I packed it right on top... figuring that every official next to the xray machines would want to look at it. I was right... probably had to take it out and show EVERY security guard I passed.
      I don't generally lock my luggage (if I'm carrying anything that valuable, it goes carry-on) but the sword wasn't that valuable.

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        Harters Jan 18, 2008 07:55 AM

        You say that you've been in the US for some years and are now thinking of a "move back home". You don't mention which country "home" is, but it would be worth you making contact with the Customs/Border Police in your homeland. It is obviously going to be fine to pack the knives in your luggage but you need to check that your Customs will not then confiscate them as "dangerous weapons" (for instance, the sword mentioned in another post would be likely to be confiscated by UK Customs) . If there is a risk, then ship them separately with a carrier.

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          trymonlam Jan 25, 2008 07:33 AM

          hmmm... that's a great idea. Home for me is Hong Kong. I need to call them and find out about this.

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            soupkitten Jan 25, 2008 07:36 AM

            hong kong, that's a different story. yes check it out w customs first.

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          BN1 Jan 17, 2008 07:28 PM

          Your probably safe flying out of the U.S., but I had a knife taken by TSA from my luggage upon arrival in Atlanta from Europe. I wondered why the NBC reporters covering the Torino Olympics that we met at lunch in Borolo, Italy laughed when we said we were returning through Atlanta.

          1. Caroline1 Jan 17, 2008 06:56 PM

            Have you thought about shipping them home with UPS or some other international carrier? NOT by post office! Then insure them for twice their value. The advantage here, assuming you have family or friends who will recieve them for you, is that you don't have to worry about airline rules or national/international customs rules, or any of the other hassles that are part of air travel today. You will KNOW you will have your tools in your future. Good luck!

            1. MMRuth Jan 15, 2008 10:41 AM

              Agree w/ the others - I almost always fly with a good knife in my checked luggage.

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                soupkitten Jan 15, 2008 05:49 AM

                no prob in checked luggage. you don't have to declare it like you do w a firearm, just check it. people carry swords and whatnot in their checked baggage. you obviously want to have the knife roll inside another larger piece of locked luggage, so your nice knives don't get swiped.

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                  alkapal Jan 15, 2008 10:24 AM

                  tsa will open bags, and break non-tsa approved locks. buy special locks that tsa can open (but not others). i've seen these types of locks at various types of stores: hardware, travel, airport gift shops, etc.

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                    Snackish Jan 19, 2008 04:46 PM

                    If your knives are very valuable, consider buying a starter pistol or some other cheap pistol (ammo not necessary), putting it in your checked luggage, and declaring it. The TSA will slap a lock on your luggage AND track it every step of the way so you know you will be getting your tools, intact, at your final destination.

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                      irishnyc Jan 25, 2008 07:59 AM

                      Buying a gun legally is quite an investment time-wise to protect knives.

                      As others suggested, just pack them in checked luggage, or send them to your final destination via FedEx, insured of course.

                  2. alkapal Jan 15, 2008 05:41 AM

                    according to tsa's site, there is no problem with a knife kit in checked baggage (since you can check properly sheathed sabers and swords!).
                    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrave...

                    obviously, it ain't gonna happen with carry-on.

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