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Can I pack a knife in checked baggage?

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Can I pack a knife in checked baggage?

Traveling to Mexico for a fishing/snorkeling trip.

Can I pack a small pocket knife in my checked baggage to snorkel and clean fish with?
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While I've never been to Mexico specifically, I always travel with at least one folding knife in my checked luggage. And have never had issues, just make sure it's not super expensive. just to be on the safe side.
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As a frequent flyer I can say you will encounter no issues
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I always pack a Swiss multi-tool knife and no probs.
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I always pack a boxcutter in my checked luggage, and I never had a problem, even as a brown guy. :lol:
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I've accidentally had a knife in my CARRY-ON luggage for 4 separate flights which I had to walk through security each time and had no problem ;)
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I actually had a boxcutter in my backpack going to Vegas last year. Didn't notice it in there until I was back home unpacking my laptop. :-0
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I want to buy a chef's knife coming back from Japan, any prob if I check it in?
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waterproof wrote:
Nov 10th, 2010 4:45 pm
I want to buy a chef's knife coming back from Japan, any prob if I check it in?

Nope, I've brought knives before.. as long as it's in your checked luggage and in a box or a protective sleeve then you're okay.
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I too always pack a knife in checked luggage.

A young male airport worker at the security check in point thoroughly searched my suitcase to be checked in and gestured that this knife was "prohibito" because its blade was longer than the broadest part of his hand. I think he simply admired my favorite Swiss Army serrated lock blade and thought he would talk me out of it.

I argued nicely with the lad until his superior overheard us, rolled his eyes back and directed him that my knife was no problem. If it was not going to be returned I would have put my foot on the blade and broken it off.

Still travelling with it!
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Just make sure you get to the airport on time.

I was on a flight where a guy coming back from a fishing trip arrived to the airport late so there was no time to check his luggage. It ended up being all carry on. Which meant he was now trying to take his fishing knife on the plane. They took him away in handcuffs!
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Two times in the last three years I've traveled with a lot of woodworking hand tools in my checked luggage. I've carried things like folding knives, carving knives, fairly large machetes (carried 1 with me to the destination and brought 4 new ones back with me, last time), chisels, gouges, an adze, etc., etc.

Each time there's never been a problem, and last time I didn't even have to declare the contents of what I was bringing back with me (from the Caribbean) in my checked luggage.

So, yeah, as everyone has already said - you shouldn't have any problems bringing knives along with you or buying them/ bringing them back with you in your checked luggage.
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