One of the most useful take alongs for the well-equipped traveler is the once ubiquitous pocket knife. Not so easy in this age of Homeland Security, metal detectors and airport screening. I try my darndest to remember to stow mine in the checked baggage when flying – sometimes I forget (I’ve lost a few good knives that way). Even without the “Swiss” attachments – a plain old simple one-blade little folding knife can be worth its weight in gold – but it’s not much good if you can’t carry it ashore – (or the REAL rub, carry it back on board). Numerous times I’ve been stopped by ship security when the tattle tale beeper beeped in shrill alarm over my little vade mecum. A few times – they’ve actually “held on to it for me” until final disembarkation. Ah well – still - nice to have one when you need one…
What Has It Got In Its (Naasty Little) Pocketses?
My DH is in total agreement with you. He is finding the travel to be very frustrating.
Never had a problem with a SAK in checked luggage. Coming home from Atlanta I got stopped by TSA and was told I could pick it up on my way home. I told them I was going home and that Westchester had no problem with it in my carry on ( that was all we had ). They took it from me. Honestly, I think they saw a brand new knife with black bolsters and decided to take it.
my son carried an old timer folder in his pants through MIA, then told me about it later, I do like the idea of having a swiss type knife in case of icebergs in the carribean or running into pirates on a Canada/New England... We did go back through MIA with it in the dirty clothes bag
My father always told me a man has a pocket knife and handkerchief with him at all times. The pocket could save your life, the handkerchief is to give to a lady if she needs it. I thought he was crazy but I found them both to be true. I carry both to this day.
I have a better time dealing with TSA than I do with the ship security,
Nothing is worse, though, than going through a Mexican land port. If you do, make sure you are not coming from a firing range. Possession of a single .22 casing in the bed of your truck is a jailable felony.
Bring it if you must but just remember where you have to stow it once on board - not in your pocket when leaving the ship.