Flying with watch springbar tool

Heading out on a trip in a bit and I'm curious if anyone has tried to fly with a standard spring bar tool in carry-on.

I'm curious if there are successful and/or unsuccessful trips out there.


never tried it due to fear of it being taken
05/30/2016 - 23:49

A case back knife would probably be even worse.

if you do it, please let me know how you fared. 


TSA List of Prohibited Tools
05/31/2016 - 03:08

Here's a list from TSA of prohibited and Ok tools:

Axes and HatchetsCattle Prods

CrowbarsHammersDrills (including cordless portable power drills)Saws (including cordless portable power saws)Tools (greater than seven inches in length) -------------The following are OK.Ok   Tools (seven inches or less in length) Ok   Screwdrivers (seven inches or less in length)OK   Wrenches and Pliers (seven inches or less in length) So it looks like if your tools (except for case knives) are less than 7 inches, you're ok. My spring-bar tool is just a tad over 5.5 inches; so it would be ok. Best of luck with your trip and tools. Please let us know how it turns out. (...and visiting hours at the Federal prisons...)  
Thanks, I have a cheap 2.5 inch/64mm long spring bar tool
06/01/2016 - 10:29

It was a gift from somebody that I bought a couple of straps from.  I guess it could go in my toilet bag and go unnoticed.

Re: TSA List of Prohibited Tools
06/03/2016 - 23:40

The one thing you can count on from TSA is cursory implementation of their rules/guidelines.

I carry many tools I use for work on board aircraft and never know what will or will not be acceptable.

I carried two screw drivers that were inside of the 7" length requirement for 7 years and never had an issue.

Then along comes January 2016 & the Richmond,Va TSA and I am strip searched and they finally commandeer

my 2 screw drivers as illegal devices. 

The agent was totally surprised when I told her to trash them; since I was also given the option to place them in a checked piece

of luggage. BTW that would have cost me another $50.

Welcome to THL.
06/04/2016 - 00:58

Your TSA story is unfortunately what people experience, and the inconsistency is a pain for frequent travelers such as yourself!