Whenever my wife and I go on vacation somewhere we tend to swing by and pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy in our room. The problem is finding a corkscrew. Most times a hotel will have one you can borrow but not always. You see I was under, to this day, the impression that you could not bring a corkscrew through a TSA check point. I was wrong. Notice what the TSA blog says:
“Bigfoot is probably one of the best known urban legends, but nail clippers, knitting needles and corkscrews are probably the most believed.” – From Blog.Tsa.Gov
And they go on to tell us:
“Corkscrews are a little tricky, but also permitted. Let’s be clear, corkscrews without knives. We know many corkscrews have the little knife that help cut the metal wrapping on a bottle, those are not allowed, but the little corkscrews with no knife are. Clear? No? Let’s try this. Fancy schmancy corkscrews with knives, no. Cheap corkscrews with no knife, yes.”
So the key issue is no knives. So one like featured in the above photo that has no knife but just tiny little disks (4 of them) to cut the foil on a bottle works just fine. BTW I have tested it a few times and I just love the design and not just for travel.
Here is the thing about this little gem, TSA still “freaks out” a bit with a corkscrew of any kind and will want to inspect it. So, even with TSA PRE check it is a good idea to take it out and put it in its own tray. That way, a quick check and you can pop it back into your bag. Maybe that is too much hassle for you but having flown with this a number of times I know that is what they like to see and it will expedite your screening.
Also note this is for the USA. Outside the USA you may still have this item confiscated and they may care less about the TSA rules and just not like the long cork opener made of metal. Just sayin’ I would leave this at home when traveling abroad.
What about the second item in the photo, that is, my new upgraded Trip-Lite Traveler3USB I am now using. Am I in love with it? Yes and No. I loved my old one for the size and compactness. However, it has some drawbacks. First off I LOVE with the new one the cord that gives me some reach. This, plus two conveniently placed USB power outlets for faster charging is a nice perk. Lastly, the fact this is a “proper” surge protector is a huge reason I have changed over. Now the downside is this is NOT a power converter so not much of a help outside the USA but most of my travel is domestic. Lastly, as mentioned, it is bigger but the slightly larger size is a trade-off I am willing to make for the other perks.
Now, after all of this interesting travel info, on to the SWAG SATURDAY part as you have a shot at winning both a surge protector and a bottle opener for yourself this week 🙂
For a shot at winning this week, all I need is for you to let me know if you knew that you could take a non-bladed bottle opener through TSA. Yes or No is all I need but feel free to comment more on this post below. I will then use Random.org later this week to pick a winner! – Rene
Comments are closed as of 9PM on 9/18/15 as we have our winner per Random.org and it is Keven #55:
“No and that’s crazy. You could do more damage with the corkscrew than with the fancy schmancy little knife.”
Well I am sure there are many who agree with you but either way you have one on the way to you now 🙂 Congrats and I will email you soon to get your prize on the way! – Rene