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Old 08-22-2021, 03:23 PM
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I'm soon to travel by air and am looking at the TSA website which tells me that sewing scissors less than 4" are allowed in your carry-on. Further, it says 4" from the pivot point which is surprising as 4" from the pivot point could be a very large pair of scissors. I'm wishing to take my beloved Kai 4" curved embroidery scissors to do some hand sewing on my cross country flight. I'm hoping there might be more experienced travelers here that can weigh in on whether I should just stow them or feel confident to carry on?

And I guess, regardless of the rules they have the authority to say no for any reason. So, now I think I'm asking what good alternatives are there (that I can get within the next 36 hours?)

Thank you in advance for the input -
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Old 08-22-2021, 03:35 PM
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If you love your scissors that much, and at the price of them, I'm sure you do....why would you take a chance at having them taken, and held until your return trip? I use the little collapsible ones when I do air travel, but then I haven't traveled through the US in these Covid times.
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Old 08-22-2021, 03:47 PM
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I will see if I can find something smaller such as the collapsible you mention - thanks!
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Old 08-22-2021, 04:02 PM
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I'd go to Walmart and get a kiddy scissors in the school dept. Less than a dollar and big loss if they takeit.
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Old 08-22-2021, 04:14 PM
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I agree, the folding scissors would be best. I thought the same thing about knitting. Knitting needles are allowed but I wouldn't take my bamboo needles.
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Old 08-22-2021, 04:26 PM
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First of all, they don't hold your items, they get thrown in a bin and disposed of, no chance of retrieval.

The first time I traveled with my featherweight, they made me take out the needle. Really????
Don't do what I did: I started laughing and told them I could kill them quicker with the pen in my purse. Needless to say, my purse was then searched. I thought it was funny....no sense of humor those TSA people.
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If you are only cutting thread, what about the old dental floss containers. I don't remember if you can still buy the container that unrolls the floss and then has a cutter on the top. I think the last time I checked the Dollar Tree, they only had the picks. This is one brand that you may be able to get at the grocery or drug store https://www.amazon.com/Oral-B-Pro-He...g_bs_3778071_9 Or maybe a letter opener like https://www.amazon.com/ZXTY-Letter-O...679096&sr=8-46

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Originally Posted by Marich52 View Post
First of all, they don't hold your items, they get thrown in a bin and disposed of, no chance of retrieval.

The first time I traveled with my featherweight, they made me take out the needle. Really????
Don't do what I did: I started laughing and told them I could kill them quicker with the pen in my purse. Needless to say, my purse was then searched. I thought it was funny....no sense of humor those TSA people.
Note to self - do not laugh and joke with TSA agents! I could see myself saying something like that, too.

Thanks all - great ideas all around. I'm headed to Wally World to look for some of the alternatives suggested.
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Old 08-23-2021, 04:25 AM
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I have a pair of fiskers child scissors with curved tips that I use on my sewing machine every day. They are sharp.
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I bought kiddie scissors, the kind kids use in nursery school or kindergarten and have taken them on many plane trips without any problems.
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