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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 03-02-2015 05:29 AM 1131 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ColonelTravis

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03-02-2015 05:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: airport security waterstone

Visiting my parents this week who seriously have the crappiest knives on the planet. Wanted to sharpen them and take my diamond plate and a 1K stone in my carry on, not checking bags. You think these will be fine through security? Not sure why they wouldn’t be, but who knows if TSA will think the Shapton is C4 and the diamond plate can crack someone’s skull, which it could, but I’m not in the skull cracking business. I just want to eat a steak in less than three hours.


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#1 posted 03-02-2015 05:32 AM

I wouldn’t think it would be a problem, but you might want to contact the TSA before hand just to check.. Now, try and get a water-pik through customs in Nicaragua and see what kind of amusement you will get :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 03-02-2015 05:45 AM



I wouldn t think it would be a problem, but you might want to contact the TSA before hand just to check.. Now, try and get a water-pik through customs in Nicaragua and see what kind of amusement you will get :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 01:25 PM

Sound like you already had the issue with the TSA. Well? Did they let you through? Or confiscate your stones?

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 05:44 PM

Joe i you’re asking me, no, I leave in a couple days.

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#5 posted 03-02-2015 07:43 PM

I brought a carborundum oil stone back with me from central america and had no issues.

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#6 posted 03-02-2015 08:03 PM

Think instead I’ll take my crappy combo stone, which isn’t ideal but will get the job done. If they don’t let it through who cares.

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#7 posted 03-02-2015 08:31 PM

TSA has published a list of prohibited items. If it isn’t on there, you should be fine.

At worst they’ll probably want to unpack the stones for closer examination. When my wife and I visited Germany, we bought several cuckoo clocks as gifts and airport security required us to unpack one of the clocks because the heavy cylindrical weights apparently looked very suspicious in the X-ray.

If I was going to visit a friend or relative and didn’t want to have to worry about anything, I would probably just spend 5 or 10 bucks and mail anything that I thought could be regarded as a prohibited item.

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#8 posted 03-02-2015 08:35 PM

You should be fine but considering the x-ray won’t shoot through it expect to have them take it out and inspect it.

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#9 posted 03-03-2015 06:28 AM


If I was going to visit a friend or relative and didn t want to have to worry about anything, I would probably just spend 5 or 10 bucks and mail anything that I thought could be regarded as a prohibited item.

- Rob

I was going to say the same. +1
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#10 posted 03-03-2015 09:07 PM

If you’re really worried, water stones will fit in a relatively cheap USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate box… The box itself is included with the postage!

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#11 posted 03-04-2015 01:20 AM

I don’t know, man. I mean, what’s to keep you from sharpening any old piece of metal you find on the plane and making a knife en route? I should think the people who confiscate our bottled water and nail files would see right through your little ruse. These are professionals, you know.

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#12 posted 03-04-2015 03:45 AM

I can take the pop can served to me in flight and turn it into a nearly razor-sharp killing implement. I can turn a rolled-up magazine into a stiff enough baton to KO people. My feet and hands can be lethal weapons, if properly employed. I tell the people at the turnstile that the explosive-sniffing dog is smelling fertilizer from my farm…when the truth is that it is (non-explosive) APCP rocket propellant from the last time I helped a bunch of Cub Scouts earn their Scientist Activity Badge. I can’t imagine that your water stones could be held in contempt by the TSA, for any reason. They really aren’t even hard enough to be a blunt force trauma inducer; they will probably break if you hit someone on the head with them.

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