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    Just wondering if any of you know what type of scissors are airline approved to be in carry-on luggage. Going back to Vanuatu next month and want to work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt during the wait at the airport and long flight! Thanks

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    Scissors with blades less than 4" are allowed, per TSA's website.

    Last time I traveled, my scissors measured 3 1/2" and I got pulled over at every check point and my carryons were searched.

    I advise bringing the smallest scissors possible, take them out of the bag and put them in the container with your shoes to be scanned, and then you should go right on through :D:D:D

    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm

    PS I always check this site the day before I travel, to make sure there haven't been any changes :wink:

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    Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches are approved.
    NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

    tsa link:
    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...d-items.shtm#4

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    You might want to check with the airlines you are flying on. This info should be on the airlines web site. Dental floss holders have a cutting edge that you could use possibly.

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    Are you using them to cut the fabric or just thread? If just thread I take a clover thread cutter with me and put my scissors in the check in luggage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstodo
    Are you using them to cut the fabric or just thread? If just thread I take a clover thread cutter with me and put my scissors in the check in luggage.
    Just the thread-I have cut the hexagons and papers already and will put them in a plastic tote. I'll check the Clover out-thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    You might want to check with the airlines you are flying on. This info should be on the airlines web site. Dental floss holders have a cutting edge that you could use possibly.
    Never thought of dental floss-good idea-I'll try it first to make sure it is sharp enough without fraying the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstodo
    Are you using them to cut the fabric or just thread? If just thread I take a clover thread cutter with me and put my scissors in the check in luggage.
    this is what i would do also

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    Thanks-I'll check out the site. One of the problems is going through Fiji-not the brightest bananas in the bunch-they gave me a REALLY hard time with my small make-up mirror-it can be lit up if you put a tiny battery in it, which I never did-they wanted to see it work and after at least 20 minutes of trying to get them to understand you needed a battery to make it work and I didn't have one-they even took it apart! I was SO angry! On my trip over there in August, they took away my lipstick because it wasn't in the proper clear plastic zip lock bag! I had one in my carry-on, but it wasn't the RIGHT SIZE! I had NO problem going thru LA, so why Fiji on a short lay-over in the departure lounge?? Anyway, with them you never know what to expect-they make up their own rules as they go I guess.

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    I used a small pair and the bag got tagged, searched and resent through the xray on the way to Houston from Charlotte. On the way back to Charlotte, I pulled the scissors out and put them in the bin with my shoes, like someone else stated and I had no problems.

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