Air Travel With a Multi-tool A.k.a. F-U TSA

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Introduction: Air Travel With a Multi-tool A.k.a. F-U TSA

As an engineer that has started to travel for work and needs to be prepared to fix and maintain prototypes on the road this how-to is about getting a useful multi-tool on the plane with you. I hand carry some of my prototypes so that if I am separated from my luggage I won't be completely hosed, and this is also why having a multi-tool on me is important. More of a tip than instructions, but useful none the less.

Step 1: Buy a Utilikey

A company called SwissTech makes a great multi-tool called the Utilikey. It has many of the useful functionality that you find on a leatherman or the like but it is in a much smaller form factor. It looks like a standard key at a glance but its about 1 cm longer. Mine was a gift from a coworker who originally came up with this idea. They generally go for under $10.

Step 2: Attach It

I put mine in the middle of my key ring to hide it as much as possible.

Step 3: The Proof

Just go through security as you would normally. It doesn't matter if they scan the key son the x-ray because it just looks like a bunch of keys, they see hundreds of key rings a day and take them for granted. The pics are from the bathroom of a trans-pacific flight.

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    I Take a CD, roll of electric tape and a bandana. Snap the CD in half, wrap the bandana around lower half, secure with tape. A formidable slashing cutting improvised weapon. And all TSA friendly items that can be assemble in seconds if defense is required.

    LOL! The ad accompanying this 'ible (at least for the moment, never noticed how often they change) is for an airline :-)

    I see an ad for a knife depot. o.O

    I've purchased my last three Leatherman tools from the TSA on ebay, to replace the ones stolen from my checked baggage. This is how they pay for their Christmas parties. You have little or no recourse if they steal from your baggage, although I've stated leaving them notes- written in fourth-grade english- to put them on notice as they ransack my checked bags.

    Or you could just lock your bags...

    airlines eat locks for breakfast, if you have a lock on your bag and its being checked, they will cut it off if you wont vouluntarily remove it

    No offense but you couldn't harm a fly with that 1/2 inch blade. Any half decent person could take you down. Best idea is to sneak a ceramic blade somewhere on you. They don't pull off metal detectors

    Sorry about that but it seems that your statement is wrong : according to one of the manufacturer of ceramic blades I met, these are designed to be trigger metal detectors (understandably he didn't tell me how, maybe they add some metallic particles in the ceramic, or the handle ?…)
    To my taste it is better like that : I don't see the point of sneaking something that could be used as a weapon in a plane these days …

    Remember, the intent here isn't to hurt anyone.  It's about the convenience of not having to put your multi-tool into checked luggage.