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Old 09-05-2019, 8:01 PM
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Default Knife in checked-in luggage

Would like to pack a couple of Benchmade folders and a fixed blade in checked-in airline luggage. Any suggestions to minimize theft by baggage handlers/others?
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Old 09-05-2019, 10:10 PM
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Hard-sided case.

Inside, a gun box, cabled to the frame.
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Old 09-06-2019, 12:40 AM
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About 25 years ago I flew from LAX to SLC to go skiing with my brother. I took my 4” folding buck knife and put it in my checked luggage. When I got to SLC I couldn’t find it. I was super upset that some baggage guy stole my knife. My brother had one just like it. I started to wonder if my brother got mine mixed up with his. They didn’t make that knife anymore and I grumbled to my brother about it for several years every time I saw his. Years past- last week cleaning out paperwork and stuff in the garage. In the bottom of a box of important stuff of mine was my 4” folding Buck knife. I called my brother 25 years later with my happy news. He said “and you thought I stole it” I said the Airline.(but I wondered).

It’s going to assist on the elk and deer hunt this year.

After 25 years my knife and I get to go hunting together again.
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Old 09-06-2019, 3:52 AM
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In hardcase with non tsa locks inside suitcase. Locked to frame. Lock inside firearms case.
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Old 09-06-2019, 6:44 AM
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This is a legitimate concern. Last year my favorite Gerber folding knife was stolen, presumably by baggage handlers. It was stuffed in my unlocked rolling duffle on a Southwest flight from Kansas City.

This year my knives will be packed with my rifle in a locked case.
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Old 09-06-2019, 6:50 AM
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Put it in a locked case with an alarm and bolt it to GPS tracker the size of a brick. TSA steals anything small that can fit into their pockets.
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Old 09-06-2019, 8:38 AM
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The TSA has opened my bags with knives 100% of the time

Locks were cut


I would do the same as with firearms.

Take the suitcase to TSA screening

Wait while they xray- explain that you have legal knives in the bag
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Old 09-06-2019, 9:16 AM
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The TSA has opened my bags with knives 100% of the time

Locks were cut


I would do the same as with firearms.

Take the suitcase to TSA screening

Wait while they xray- explain that you have legal knives in the bag
When they scan the bags they see the knife and instantly do an "inspection", steal your knife then leave a note "Your bag was inspected". Unfortunately you are miles away and hours later when you realize your belongings are stolen and the TSA agent is off work, sitting on his couch admiring your...um, I mean,...his new knife. You can file a complaint but nothing will happen because the culprit has left the building.
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Old 09-06-2019, 9:34 AM
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Thank all of you for the heads up. I'll plan accordingly.
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Old 09-06-2019, 9:51 AM
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oddly, i have never had any of mine stollen in the 14 trips to the EU and about 12 around here in the USA over the past 20 years. i place them in with my razor and tubes of toothpaste.
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I flew a lot, always checked my pocket knife, my leatherman, and had other knives in my luggage. Never lost anything though my suitcases always had the inspected paper inside.

However, this was before they started contracting out TSA, so the new inspectors are undoubtedly paid less, fewer background checks, and less management scrutiny. Times may have changed.

Don't pack something expensive.
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When they scan the bags they see the knife and instantly do an "inspection", steal your knife then leave a note "Your bag was inspected". Unfortunately you are miles away and hours later when you realize your belongings are stolen and the TSA agent is off work, sitting on his couch admiring your...um, I mean,...his new knife. You can file a complaint but nothing will happen because the culprit has left the building.
At LAX I can take non TSA locked bags to be scanned. They can ask for the keys
They will scan with you there and then lock up the bags.
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The reality is that thefts by TSA are quite rare. Not zero, but quite rare. Often, the "thefts" are just passengers not packing what they thought...like the post above explained. Anyway, 1/10th of 1% is too much...if you demand zero chance, don't fly.

Put them in a box of tampons and put the box inside a locked suitcase. That will keep many away.
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When I've flown with a knife, I've flown with a gun and I just put it in the locked gun case. I hate TSA but I've never had them steal anything, rummage through it yeah, but nothing missing.
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I stow my folder in the shaving kit, in a side pocket with the razor and mini shave cream can. Figure metal help obscure it. In any case, never a problem domestic or international airports. Legal to fly, but don't want hassles or thefts.
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I stow my folder in the shaving kit, in a side pocket with the razor and mini shave cream can. Figure metal help obscure it. In any case, never a problem domestic or international airports. Legal to fly, but don't want hassles or thefts.
This.

I fly at least one trip a week and take my Benchmade folder and Leatherman on every trip. I put them both in my dopp kit and and have never had an issue.
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Old 10-12-2019, 3:30 PM
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I just throw a cheaper Chinese folder in my bag....decent knives that cut...no big deal if stolen.

No reason to take expensive folders on a short trip.

That said, never had a bag missing something.

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oddly, i have never had any of mine stollen in the 14 trips to the EU and about 12 around here in the USA over the past 20 years. i place them in with my razor and tubes of toothpaste.
Same here, but less EU trips.
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Old 10-16-2019, 4:40 PM
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I travel quite a bit for work, and I bring a knife every trip. On average, I fly about 18 trips a year, that's 32 flights. I've only had one knife stolen from my bag, and it was the one time I didn't do my usual routine. I always tuck my pocket knife in folded socks. I never pack my suitcases well, I intentionally don't fold the shirts or pants well. That way it looks like the clothing is worn. The one time I sandwiched the knife between two items (last minute, almost forgot to toss it in there) it was taken and a nice little thank you card was left by TSA.

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Before any trip I go to Big 5. I buy whatever sub $20 knife in the case I deem suitable. I pack it with my toiletries. If it were to go missing no biggie.


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I agree with Joey. I'll just buy something cheap and put it in my bag. Leave my good stuff at home.
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Old 10-21-2019, 7:10 PM
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I agree with Joey. I'll just buy something cheap and put it in my bag. Leave my good stuff at home.
Great suggestion. Went to the local pawn for a purchase. Threw it in my chek-in on the return trip and it showed up!
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