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May 2, 2013 07:12 AM

Travel Corkscrew Recommendations

Can anyone recommend a good corkscrew that won't be confiscated at airport security? I've lost so many nice ones that I didn't even realize I had with me. I don't like those 99-cent ones where the worm fits into a wooden or plastic part that becomes the turning mechanism; I'm looking for something a bit more substantial. Thanks.

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  1. It isn't going to happen. Your only option is to put it in your checked luggage. Any decent corkscrew will not pass the TSA screening rules.

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    1. re: dinwiddie

      I thought it was the small blade that was the restricted part. Is the worm verboten too?

      1. re: CindyJ

        "Fancy schmancy corkscrews with knives, no. Cheap corkscrews with no knife, yes."

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Do all fancy schmancy corkscrews have knives? Isn't there a good quality corkscrew that doesn't have a knife? I often use the point of the worm to cut the foil anyway.

          1. re: CindyJ

            I think the Vigneto Waiter's Friend has a little circular cutter wheel instead of a blade.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I just googled it and I'm looking at a photo. It's not clear to me where the foil cutter is.

      2. re: dinwiddie

        It really depends on the person that is doing the screening. I've had waiter's corkscrews taken when they had a wheel type foil cutter and no knife blade. The explanation, the corkscrew itself could be used as a weapon.

        Since you can't use it on the plane anyway, just put it in your checked luggage.

        1. I travel with a waiter's corkscrew, and it's gotten through in the outer pocket of my rollabord. However, I try to remember to tuck it into my checked bag.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Waiter's is the simplest and best, and the one that Trader Joe's sells ($5 or less, I think) is the best of those I've ever used. YES, in the CHECKED luggage! I've got about five of those scattered among my various travel bags, the car, wherever I can be sure I'll have one. Kind of like reading glasses …

            An Ah-So might pass scrutiny, but I'm afraid your average TSA person is likely to react adversely to any metal device he or she has never seen before, especially if you could put someone's eyes out with it (shades of Mom!).

            1. re: Will Owen

              +1 Also, I'm afraid your average TSA agent might misconstrue the Ah-So for a potential electro-shock control device. ; > P

              Good to see you posting again WO.



          2. I just buy one of those dollar specials in a wine store and leave it behind.

              1. re: ellaystingray

                I thought, after easing up on those restrictions, they changed it all back to the way it had been.