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Jun 25, 2016
So as I was leaving Sin City this morning a silly TSA person decided to rifle through my carry on and give me shit about my nut tool. Mind you, I have never had an issue with a nut tool in my carry on so I was not amused when he whipped out a ruler and measured the nut tool. He told me if it was more then 7 inches long it would not be able to fly. I questioned him , since I've made several calls to TSA directly about nut tools and ropes as carry on items and have traveled all over with both in my bags, never having an issue. I wonder if the rules keep changing, if this guy was a noob or bored, or if size really does matter? jersey girl
Joined Jun 12, 2012
405 points
Jun 25, 2016
Well according to the TSA, any tool longer than 7" is not allowed as carry on luggage.

Prohibited Items


Pretty much all 'sticks' for sports are banned from carry on, along with ice axes. It's probably a line the TSA had to draw somewhere and for whatever reason decided that anything longer than 7" could potentially be used as a weapon.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
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Jun 25, 2016
Looks pretty clear from that website that greater than 7" is verboten for carryon. FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
15 points
Jun 25, 2016
I have gotten pat downs etc from carrying a full rack in my bag (from the looks of it they basically saw the nut tool in my bag and thought it was a knife than i am assuming it was the climbing chalk flagged as explosive etc.

My big cams are bigger than 7 inch... what is there something where a solid piece of metal has to be under 7 inch cause I am pretty sure my laptop goes through and it is bigger than 7 inches.
ViperScale
Joined Dec 22, 2013
165 points
Jun 26, 2016
You're asking for logic in a system that has zero. You're probably better off playing the lottery if you're looking to win. ClimbLikeAGirl
From Keene Valley
Joined Jun 14, 2015
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Jun 27, 2016
John Wilder wrote:
Well according to the TSA, any tool longer than 7" is not allowed as carry on luggage


But according to their live humans manning the phone system nut tools and climbing equipment are considered sports equipment and are welcome in carry on luggage. Luckily they didn't take mine and it's a cheap piece of gear, but the rules seem as arbitrary as many of our other government policies. Shock and awe there!
jersey girl
Joined Jun 12, 2012
405 points
Jun 27, 2016
Just because they didn't stop you previously, doesn't mean they wouldn't stop you now. TSA is notorious for missing weapons and letting them through - something like 95% failure in undercover testing. Just be happy they are getting more thorough. There is nothing wrong with some employees being more vigilant than lax at doing their job. doligo
Joined Sep 26, 2008
212 points
Jun 27, 2016
Leslie McG wrote:
So as I was leaving Sin City this morning a silly TSA person decided to rifle through my carry on and give me shit about my nut tool. Mind you, I have never had an issue with a nut tool in my carry on so I was not amused when he whipped out a ruler and measured the nut tool. He told me if it was more then 7 inches long it would not be able to fly. I questioned him , since I've made several calls to TSA directly about nut tools and ropes as carry on items and have traveled all over with both in my bags, never having an issue. I wonder if the rules keep changing, if this guy was a noob or bored, or if size really does matter?


Most likely your problem was that you called it a nut "tool" as tools greater than 7 inches aren't allowed. I bet if you had explained that it is a climbing nut remover and falls under sporting goods you would have had no problem.
Ken Noyce
From Layton, UT
Joined Aug 12, 2010
1,912 points
Jun 27, 2016
I have traveled several times with a full rack including a nut tool and have had TSA question it only once. They did however, spend almost 40 minutes tearing my Jetforce pack apart even though there is no canister causing me to almost miss my flight. My guess is the employee was new and was just trying to follow the policies and wasn't familiar with climbing equipment. If they would have taken it or told you you need to check it I would just ask to talk to a supervisor and they will likely let you pass through security. If not then I guess it is probably something LAS has chosen to do. Every airport is different I always have the hardest time getting through Boise they tend to be really strict about what is allowed and what's not. They questioned my nut tool but let it go once they saw it wasn't sharp and it was clearly part of the climbing rack. I wouldn't let it get to you though I am more often surprised that I don't get asked about it then when I have been. BrokenChairs
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Feb 21, 2015
177 points
Jun 27, 2016
Dude just go through pre-check. You get a background check then at the nearest city they ask you a serious of stupid questions.

Do this then you can skip the security checks. It's great!

Working as intended.
Tylerpratt
From Litchfield, Connecticut
Joined Feb 25, 2016
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Jun 27, 2016
kennoyce wrote:
Most likely your problem was that you called it a nut "tool" as tools greater than 7 inches aren't allowed. I bet if you had explained that it is a climbing nut remover and falls under sporting goods you would have had no problem.

Brilliant! It's all in how to word things!!!
jersey girl
Joined Jun 12, 2012
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