LEM- wrote:Two things to consider if I was to have it on my keychain:
1. How heavy/large/clumsy are they? Do they seriously add any inconvenience for having it on the chain all the time?
2. Are these considered weapons/dangerous/unacceptable at airport security checkpoints or other secure location such as landmark attractions / state buildings / elsewhere, where you have to pass a metal detector to get in?
In other words - would having this on me at all times add a lot of headache because I'd have to remember to leave it behind in certain situations?
You can google and research and ask and inquire and read guidelines until you are blue in the face but what it really comes down to (as in the case of the TSA as an example) is the individual who is putting it under the scanner to determine if it is a potential threat. I have been through this, flying between 80 and 100 thousand miles a year, and how people judge things never ceases to amaze me. I had an amazing little bitty Leatherman that was no more than an inch and a half long. I used it for all kinds of things. Sure enough, I forgot it was on my key chain and TSA would not let it through. I had enough time to go back to the counter and have the airline put it in a small box as excess baggage. When I got to my destination, the box came down the chute already opened. If the TSA folks don't get it, the baggage handlers will. Granted, a Leatherman could be more "threatning" looking than this but... ask yourself this: "What were all these thousands of TSA folks doing for a living before they decided that your seat belt cutter is to dangerous to take on a plane?"