Can You Bring Chef Knives On a Plane?

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Did you know?

There is a chef’s knife that is priced at almost a hundred thousand dollars?

It is the Exklusiv Chef’s Knife Platinum 25 Diamonds by the German cutlery manufacturer Nesmuk, currently priced as of writing at EUR 80000!

Yes, with four zeroes with an estimated conversion of around USD 96000.

How cool is that?

It made from 640 layers of hand-smithed Damascus steel, with a handle embedded with 24 small diamonds and one large one.

If you are wondering why would someone would like to hand-carry a chef’s knife on the plane, you might probably know one of the reasons why.

Can you bring chef knives on a plane?

can you bring chef knives on a plane

TSA (Transportation Security Administration, an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security that focuses on the security of the traveling public in the United States) in 2013 have planned to allow pocket knives that have 2.36-inch blades or shorter in carry-on luggage.

A few months after it, the Association of Flight Attendants have raised this concern to stop passengers carrying any type of knife while on the plane.

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R.302) has included the provision that knives are never again allowed on US and US-bound planes.

The law clearly states that no knives (including the Chef’s Knife!) can be carried on the plane.

Though there are two knives that could be allowed – a plastic knife or a rounded blade butter knife.

However, proceed at your own risk.

Security personnel may still bring you to their office for questioning.

So it is better not to bring any knife at all!

If you really need to bring the knife with you, consider using services from courier delivery companies.

You may ask the hotel where you booked to see if they can help you in making the arrangement in the local area.

It would be better if you can ask a friend or family member that lives in your destination to receive it for you.

If it is a very valuable item, contact the courier company for insurance or to clarify their terms and conditions.

What if you accidentally brought your knife?

The good thing is, as of writing, knives are classified as prohibited items.

They are not unlawful and you will not be charged or arrested if you are caught carrying one at security.

They would instruct you to remove the knife before flying.

You may leave them if you are with someone who just dropped you at the airport.

Leaving it in your vehicle is a good option too if you are flying alone and parked the car inside the airport facility.

Baggage services could be available in your local airport, where they can safely keep the item for you for a fee.

If you don’t have any other option, you may leave it with the security office.

Why would someone bring a knife?

As mentioned, obviously due to the price of the item.

If you are the owner of that very precious knife, you would like to have it within your sight until you reach your destination.

Whenever bags are checked in from the check-in counter, passengers don’t have a chance to see them and how they are being handled and loaded on the plane.

Some even experience bag switching, where a passenger took another bag that belongs to another passenger.

There are even instances that the airline company and/or the airport services team were not able to load the baggage.

Probably, the knife was asked to be bought by a person living at the passenger’s destination.

There are brands that are not available in certain countries or states, and they turn to someone they knew living in the area to buy and bring it to them.

Or maybe the knife is too valuable enough for a person and doesn’t want to leave it somewhere or to someone.

(See more: best chef knives in the world you should know about)

Are chef knives allowed onboard?

In the US, you can only bring a knife on your checked baggage and not on your hand carry.

However, when you reach your desired destination, your luggage may be considered a threat as it could be regarded as an illegal concealed knife.

Therefore, if you were able to make it past the security checks before you reach your boarding gate (which most likely will not happen), it could still be an issue once you claimed your luggage.

To be on the safe side, it is better not to carry kitchen knives – especially on international destinations.

In case you really have to, it is better to check the laws and regulations of the country you are visiting about checked-in luggage.

The airline company you have chosen may help you in finding this information, or you may check online with the country’s official tourism website.

Some international airports have more detailed webpages that will help in knowing more about what to bring and what’s not.

Conclusion

Generally, there should be no issues with knives that are well packed inside a piece of checked luggage.

However, still consider the laws, rules, and regulations on your destination as they may not allow any kind of knife upon entry.

It would be better to leave them at home and use them when you come back.

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My name is Andy Wang, and I'm a retired chef. I used to work at the City Vineyard restaurant in NYC. I also had a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And this blog is where I share my love for knives and cooking with people like you.