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Old 08-09-21, 07:12 AM
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Carry On Bike Tools

I am traveling via airplane within the USA soon. I know the TSA rulebook states that tools shorter than 7 inches are ok (snicker).

However, I also suspect sometimes the TSA/Security people are very conscientious and may question me carrying on a mini pump and a multi-tool.

Anyone in USA have experience/recommendations? We are not checking any bags.
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It can be a total crap shoot. You could get a hard ass agent

With that said, people carry on things like fly fishing rods all the time. The mini pump should not be a problem.

The multi-tool, with things like screwdriver heads and small allen keys that could be used as stabbing weapons, could be another story, especially with all the unruly passenger incidents these days. Can you bring one of two individual allen wrenches instead of the entire tool just to be on the safe side?

I have always had to check a bag for my western tours, so I have never had to carry on such things.
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Old 08-09-21, 08:37 AM
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It can be a total crap shoot. You could get a hard ass agent

With that said, people carry on things like fly fishing rods all the time. The mini pump should not be a problem.

The multi-tool, with things like screwdriver heads and small allen keys that could be used as stabbing weapons, could be another story, especially with all the unruly passenger incidents these days. Can you bring one of two individual allen wrenches instead of the entire tool just to be on the safe side?

I have always had to check a bag for my western tours, so I have never had to carry on such things.
Thanks for the suggestions. I am borrowing a bike from a friend of a friend, and it's possible HE has a muliti-tool and pump etc., but I don't want to impose too much. I know I will have to exchange pedals (FoF uses Time pedals, who does that??) and adjust saddle height, so I will certainly need an allen wrench for those. I will minimize the metal I carry, for sure.
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The last couple of times I've flown, I've ended up with bike tools in my carry on; once because the checked bag was overweight and I was making a mad dash to lighten up at the counter and once completely by accident.

Both times led to a TSA bag search. They let me threw after asking what each item was (one time was just a small multi-tool), but I could easily see someone having a bad day and confiscating everything. I'd either bring cheap tools and not be too sad if they don't make it or buy cheap tools when you get there...or make some other plan.
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The problem with TSA is there are broad interpretations and one guy can let x item through and another won't and if they won't, you either go back to the counter and check a bag ( I usually don't have time for that) or donate it to the TSA thieves. There is no arguing with them so if I have anything of value that might be considered prohibited , I'll check a bag.
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The problem with TSA is there are broad interpretations and one guy can let x item through and another won't and if they won't, you either go back to the counter and check a bag ( I usually don't have time for that) or donate it to the TSA thieves. There is no arguing with them so if I have anything of value that might be considered prohibited , I'll check a bag.
Or get in another line
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Check it. I hate all the carryon stuff people drag onto the plane. Takes up too much boarding and unboarding. Ive rented mountain bikes at my destination. I take a Camelbak with tools and pump, pedals and a pedal wrench. I only carry on my electronics. Like work computer which if checked and lost Id be in deep doo doo 💩. Then why even take the trip.
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I hate to check baggage, but that's what I'd probably do. Either that or, as suggested above, I'd consider shipping a small box of stuff to the friend that's letting you borrow the bike.
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The only thing I've ever had taken are CO2 canisters.

Apparently traveling w/ a life jacket that has a CO2 cartridge for inflation is fine (up to 2 cartridges), but if they're packed into a saddlebag that magically changes them to the verboten variety.
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