Dear, TSA: I want my knife back.
It’s no secret that a good multi-tool can be an active person’s best friend (Okay, Rover, second best), helping you adjust bike cables in a pinch, cut rope, pop open a beer, etc. So it’s always more than a bit aggravating when you’re emptying your pockets into an airport security bin, only to realize, crap!, your sidekick is about to end up in some TSA surplus store upstate.
The new rules (knock on wood) would allow a limited range of utility knives that meet the following criteria, listed in this brochure:
• The blade is no longer than 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters in length
• The blade width is no more than ½ inch at its widest point
• The knife does not have a locking or fixed blade
• The knife does not have a molded grip
Examples of allowed knives:
In addition to their picks, one of our own tiny favorites, the Gerber Dime, makes the cut (yuck yuck!), although too late for our Peter Koch, whose baby was taken away by Airplane Protective Services. Don’t worry, folks, he got a new one.
(Images credit: TSA)