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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.

              2. The corkscrew with the built-in wheel-type foil cutter is really handy and should pass TSA. The picture shows one type, but there IS another than has a two-step action which is much easier to use. Maker is Boomerang I think.

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                1. re: Midlife

                  I've had a couple of those, the cutter tends to break off.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    You are one powerful dude! I've had only two of them over the past 8 or 9 years. Yes, one cutter broke off after several years; the other one is just fine after as many. Both used several times per week. YMMV

                  2. re: Midlife

                    I really like that one -- especially the one with two-step action. For the cost of it, maybe it's worth taking a chance at security.

                    1. re: Midlife

                      I have several of those, and sometimes they pass inspection and sometimes they get confiscated. Just slip it in a pocket of your checked luggage.

                      I've not had the cutter break off. Yet.

                      1. re: ChefJune

                        If I check my luggage, it's a no-brainer. But I almost always carry on.

                        1. re: ChefJune

                          To avoid confiscation, it might help to have a printout of the tsa.gov page that says corkscrews are OK:


                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            That document link is from 2009. I thought the ruling about knives was amended so that knives with blades shorter than 3.5" (or maybe it's 3") are okay to carry on. But even if it's not, you're right -- it might be helpful to bring a copy of that document with me. Thanks.

                            1. re: CindyJ

                              The TSA has proposed allowing blades up to 2.36" but flight-attendant unions object to the change.

                              I don't believe corkscrews without blades were ever prohibited.

                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                I suppose the best thing I can do is to get a bladeless corkscrew and have a copy of the TSA regulations with me. Then just hope for the best. Thanks!

                      2. Are you planning on opening a bottle on the plane??? (Illegal, BTW.)

                        If not, why not simply put it into your checked baggage?

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                        1. re: zin1953

                          You can't take wine through security, but you can buy a bottle from a post-security shop and take it on the plane.

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            And, Robert, it's against the law to open a bottle on the plane -- besides, they don't have a way to charge corkage.

                            1. re: zin1953

                              They could charge corkage the same way they charge for wine and other stuff.

                              There is an FAA regulation that you can drink only beverages served to you by "the certificate holder operating the aircraft."


                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                I've brought and consumed beverages on board which I've purchased past the security checkpoint. Not wine or other alcoholic beverages, but soft drinks and water.

                                1. re: CindyJ

                                  It's not illegal to consume water or soft drinks . . . nor do they typically require the use of a corkscrew.

                                    1. re: zin1953

                                      It's not illegal to drink wine, either, provided that the certificate holder operating the aircraft serves it to you.

                            2. re: zin1953

                              Because some people travel with carry-on only and prefer not to check baggage unless forced to.

                              1. I have been using a vigneto wine opener for years and love it. It doesn't have a fold out blade but a wheel foil cutter so I think it would make it through if they allow the worm.

                                I've had mine for 8 years and it's still tight at all the joints and doesn't flop around like some do after a few years.