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What You Can't Bring On An Airplane

(September 18, 2001)

Airlines around the country are trying to get back to normal, but security screening is causing some lengthy delays. Where security continues to be tight in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks, seemingly harmless items are being confiscated at airports.

To avoid delays, there are things that passengers can do to help speed things up. Avoid taking these things in your carry-on luggage:

  • Cigar cutters
  • Cork screws
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Nail files
  • Nail clippers
  • Envelope openers
  • Pocket knives
  • Crochet needles
  • Swiss army knives
  • Screwdrivers
  • Razor blades
The aforementioned are just some of the items confiscated from passengers at U.S. airports. All could be taken legally onto flights within the U.S. until last Friday.

Passengers are learning about the list as well. One passenger at Pittsburgh International Airport stated that before she had reached the security checkpoint, she had to empty her purse of "everything from tweezers [and] a fingernail file to anything perceived as a tool."

In order to avoid long lines at security screening, airlines and airports are starting security checks at the ticket counter. Along with asking about luggage, ticket agents have been inquiring about these other so-called weapons.

If you have items of sentimental value, you may have them taken from you. As a rule of thumb, if you think an ordinary item may be questionable, it probably is. So, pack it in checked luggage or leave it at home.

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