This is something I’ve also wondered about when I first traveled abroad solo. Can you bring tweezers on a plane? Are tweezers considered dangerous items? And would the TSA suspect that I’m trying to stab someone with tweezers?
Hmmm…. these questions indeed puzzled me and kept me up late at night.
(Okay, I might be exaggerating a bit)
No need to worry everyone! According to the TSA, tweezers are allowed in both carry-on and checked bags.
What The TSA Says About Tweezers On Planes
Can You Bring Tweezers In A Carry On?
Yes. You can bring tweezers in your carry on.
This is quite a common question amongst travelers. Which is not surprising because technically, tweezers can really poke someone’s eye out if used with malicious intent. (But I guess that is also true for all other seemingly harmless everyday items). I digress.
So yea, if your eyebrow and nose hair grow inches overnight, no worries. You can pluck them all you want on the plane.
Can You Take Tweezers In Checked Luggage?
Yes. It’s no problem.
According to the TSA rules, tweezers can go in checked luggage. However, please make sure that you don’t just throw a bunch of pointy tweezers on the surface layer of your checked luggage. This will potentially hurt the baggage handlers and inspectors who are working hard to send your luggage to its destination.
Please make an effort to pack sharp objects like tweezers securely in a small bag, and place it away from the surface area of your luggage.
As mentioned on the TSA’s website, “the final decision rests with the TSA’s officer on whether or not an item is allowed through the checkpoint” So do understand that the TSA officers have the final say in what is allowed on the plane. However, I’ve personally never had an issue bringing tweezers in my carry-on luggage.
Sharp Objects On Airplane? TSA Rules
After reading this post, you might have some additional questions regarding which kinds of sharp objects are okay on planes.
For example, are razors, scissors, nail clippers, nail files, sharp pens, and pocket knives allowed? Well, this all depends on where you plan on storing these items (in your carry-on or checked-bag?)
You can actually take all of the above-mentioned items in your check-luggage as long as they are packed securely and would not injure any of the luggage handling agents.
But if you plan on taking some of the above-mentioned items in your carry-on luggage, I highly recommend that you check out the TSA’s website before making your final decision. Because at the end of the day, even if you try to sneak a prohibited item through security, 99.9% of the time, it will be confiscated by the TSA agents.
Some Prohibited Sharp Objects For Carry-Ons
Here are just some of the many sharp objects that the TSA prohibits for carry-on luggage. For more information on what items you can bring, make sure to check out the TSA’s website.
- Box cutters
- Safety razor with blades (allowed without blades)
- Knives (except for plastic or round-bladed butter knives)
- Corkscrews (with blade)
- Scissors with blades longer than 4 inches (from the pivot point to the tip of the blade)
- Meat cleavers
- Soldering torches
- Swiss army knifes
- Nail guns and staple guns
If you were scared about getting your tweezers confiscated at the security checkpoint, I hope this post has relieved your worry. Feel free to bring tweezers on your next trip. As long as you follow TSA’s security guidelines, you should be fine.
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