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No more tactical pens for air travel

Discussion in 'Travel' started by jzmtl, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. attorneyadrian

    attorneyadrian Loaded Pockets

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    I was just noticing that as well!
    It seemed great for a little while and now its got the "globbies"
     
  2. Monocrom

    Monocrom Loaded Pockets

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    Switching to a fine-point refill helps a bit.

    BTW, was it the black or SS CountyComm model?
     
  3. attorneyadrian

    attorneyadrian Loaded Pockets

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    I'll have to try that.
    Mine is the Black version.
     
  4. DBR

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    Mine is the SS model, scratch that, Stainless Steel, don't want to offend anyone. :cool:

    I was hoping that my dirt-cheap Pilot G2 07 refills would work in it, but they don't. They worked in my MAH-ZULLI when I had that, though! My brother in Colorado has that pen now. The one that started the craze in the first place.
     
  5. Ross2187

    Ross2187 Loaded Pockets

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    I know its been 6 years, but what is the current thoughts on carrying these on a plan? I carry a Uzi pen 6, and Cold Steel Pocket Shark in my backpack. In October I'll be flying home to Ca, and then off to Costa Rica. Is it best to check in my luggage, or can I keep em in my backpack?
     
  6. 0dBm

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    Well, now that you publicized this concern, it makes those at TSA that monitor this forum more aware of this matter. It's up to you if you wish to risk a criminal Summons.
     
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  7. Codeman

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    Here's the official place to look: TSA Prohibited Items.

    Pens, tactical or otherwise, aren't specifically prohibited, but the TSA disclaimer

    is very open-ended.
     
  8. Ross2187

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    Looks like check baggage it is!
     
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  9. SOS24

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    Just like Codeman stated the problem is that it is left to the discretion of individual airport TSA to determine what is or is not a weapon. I was told that very thing when I emailed TSA's official sight about whether or not a P-38 can opener is prohibited. The email I received back said it should not be a problem but it is up to the discretion of the specific TSA. So there you have it, if they want to call it a weapon they can.
     
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  10. garza

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    Just carry a screwdriver less than 7 inches in length. Screwdrivers over 7 inches in length must be checked in you luggage.
     
  11. jag-engr
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    jag-engr Semper Bufo!
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    That's all well and good, but...
     
  12. garza

    garza Loaded Pockets

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    My screwdriver comment is from the TSA website which lists screwdrivers less than 7" as allowed. It was also a little tongue in cheek given the arbitrary nature of TSA enforcement.

    Allowed:
    "Screwdrivers/Wrenches/Pliers
    Less than seven inches in length."

    Click the tools tab on this link https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/prohibited-items
     
  13. Ross2187

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    Shoots... I have one of the those double ended screwdriver pens from Home Depot.. Might have to check that as well.. o.0
     
  14. Holliday

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    Why not just replace the pen that is obviously marketed as weapon with something else? TSA agents comb forums like EDCF for this exact reason - to stay on top of the trends.

    Any sturdy pen that protrudes an 1" or 2 beyond your hand will suffice. Provided you know how to use it, of course.

    Safe travels!
     
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  15. graham_s
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    I have a pen that has a ruler inscribed on the sides and an inset spirit level.
    Solid aluminium, very sturdy.
    It's made it through every flight with no problem, and I fly very regularly.
    The only problem I've ever had was with a scuba regulator.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
  16. Theskyiscrying

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    I fly weekly with my Retro 51 Rollerball and no issues.
     
  17. 0dBm

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    This is the aspect that is missed; particularly. It shouldn't matter that type of pen it is as long as the owner knows how to use it whether as a writing or impact device.

    Unfortunately, there are several members present on this BB that seemingly assume some sort of implied advantage by merely having this device. When wielded in a particular manner, it could be construed as aggressive action to form sufficient basis for probable cause to believe intent to impart grievous bodily harm to the party to which it is presented.
     
  18. Karmakanic

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    Sensible solution.
    I'm not sure that a so called tactical pen would be that much more effective than a stainless Parker jotter.
     
  19. DIlan

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    It's discussable... I've read somewhere that even plastic pens can be used for self-defend. Basically, the main problem is in solidness of the pen when exposed to heavy stress. And we know that self-defending pens are much sturdy.
     
  20. ScottieG59

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    Well, a toothbrush can never a weapon. I try not to carry anything the Traffic might confiscate. My weapons go in a cabled lock box in my check on baggage.
     
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