Dive knife when travelling?

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by gcarter, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. gcarter

    gcarter Surface Interval Member

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    I am going to Cuba and was wondering if there was any dive knife restriction. What are you experiences travelling with knives? Where are they restricted?
     
  2. miked

    miked Surface Interval Member

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    I Don't know if there any restrictions specific to traveling(flying) to Cuba, but elsewhere( Caribbean, etc.): Knives in carry-ons:NO
    Knives in checked luggage: okay
     
  3. graham_s

    graham_s ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Flying with a dive knife is no problem as long as it's in hold baggage.
    Some locations (I'm told) don't allow dive knives on site, but that's a different problem.
     
  4. ColoDale

    ColoDale ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Have dived internationally with the dive knife in checked baggage and had no issues whatsoever.

    I have been on inter island air carriers (same country so essentially a domestic flight) where the luggage was in the main cabin (in a pile) even though it was "checked" and had no issues. It didn't occur to me to say anything and I think I won't.

    I couldn't tell you about Cuba - could be whole different animal. The Greater Antilles forum has Cuba posts.
     
  5. mathauck0814

    mathauck0814 Loggerhead Turtle

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    Just don't do what I did and put it in your carry on bag with your can light and dive computer. In the x-ray it sort of looks like a death kit.
     
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  6. gcarter

    gcarter Surface Interval Member

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    Maybe I didn't phrase well, but that is actually the question I am asking.
     
  7. Dirtdevil

    Dirtdevil Angel Fish

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    Lol. Had an image of that as I read it. It sure dose!


    DD
     
  8. flyandive

    flyandive Nassau Grouper

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    Internationally it varies greatly from country to country. Within the US however scissors with blades less than four inches are allowed in carry on luggage which means trauma shears are ok. A friend has also told me that they will allow the Trilobite since the razor blades require a tool to be removed however considering the prohibited list doesn't mention this and how inconsistent the TSA is I wouldn't count on it. All knives even swords are allowed in checked bags.

    TSA: Prohibited Items
     
  9. Agility

    Agility Manta Ray

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    I carry scissors and a line cutter in Egypt (where dive knives are forbidden)
     
  10. Firebird2XC

    Firebird2XC Single Diver

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    Dive knives vs. line cutters-

    Pros and Cons? Seems like line cutters are the way to go for gear you carry on..
     
  11. scubadiver888

    scubadiver888 Divemaster

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    My shop own travels to Cuba all the time to do spearfishing. If he can bring a speargun then he could probably also bring a dive knife. You'd have to ask the dive shop in Cuba to be sure however.

    Personally, I have never brought a knife to the Caribbean. Never needed one.
     
  12. WOODMAN

    WOODMAN Surface Interval Member

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    So you are actually asking where do DIVE SITES restrict carrying knives? Whooo- that varies all over the map, and often depends on who you are using as a dive operator, if any. Cozumel, for example, doesn't allow dive knives (or gloves, etc.) but I never had anyone say anything to me about this. I think it's sort of a "don't ask, don't tell" situation. And as long as you don't flaunt the thing (or carry one of those 'underwater swords' that used to be so popular) you will probably be okay. It never hurts to ask in advance, however. (which is what you are doing..)
     
  13. Interceptor121

    Interceptor121 Scuba Instructor

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    A sharp foldable knife to carry in the BCD pocket is what I carry everywhere including regions where a knife is not allowed
    And the reason is that when I won't carry the knife I will need it
    I would avoid large knife with sheath to be put on your leg unless you use them for pineapple and to cut fruit...
     
  14. RJP

    RJP PADI Pro

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    A line cutter would NOT be allowed in carry-on baggage.

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    I've got a Halcyon knife in a sheath on the webbing of my BP/W rig. The knife is always in it. I've dived with it everywhere in the world, even in those places where knives are not permitted. No-one has every said anything, no-one has ever even noticed. In clear tropical water dives it would be rare to need a cutting tool from an environment standpoint, but there are all kinds of rescue needs where I can see a need -- I might need to cut you out of your gear, remove a wetsuit, cut strips of fabric for a tourniquet, etc, etc.

    I carry at least one cutting tool on every dive, and will do so unless someone on-site specifically tells me that I can't.
     
  15. Firebird2XC

    Firebird2XC Single Diver

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    Hmm. I'd been told some had gotten away with it. I certainly might, but not internationally. Perhaps I'll just buy a cheap one when I get where I'm going.

     
  16. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

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    A friend of mine has a small knife attached to his goodman handle, and forgot about when going to Mexico, and got away with it (i.e. TSA didn't notice it).

    However, he also forgot about it on the way back, but this time it was confiscated.

    My point is that with regard to any cutting tool, TSA may notice it, they may not and furthermore, it may be a little subjective, one agent may confiscate it, and another may not. So, packing it in carry-on is risking the loss of it.
     
  17. ColoDale

    ColoDale ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have found that any place that has a marine park generally does not allow dive knives. However, these are general remarks and may vary due to location. I have never seen a comprehensive list of marine parks and their rules so the best I can offer is to check with a dive op or gov't website regarding marine parks and rules for the specific location you are looking to visit.
     
  18. RJP

    RJP PADI Pro

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    When I was flying home from Egypt (Hurgada to Cairo to JFK) I was stopped about every 10 feet over my cannister light battery which obviously looks like 5 sticks of dynamite taped together. Much discussion and managers being called over every time. Ultimately got it squared away, no problem. Fast forward to the plane being half-way across the Atlantic when I go to get a book out of my carry-on bag...

    I had to pack my BP in my carry-on bag due to the weight of my checked luggage. As I open the bag to get my book I look in and realize that my backplate - which is now in the cabin of a jumbo jet flying from the middle east to New York City - has THREE cutting tools attached to the webbing. A Halcyon titanium dive knife, a DiveRite Z-knife, and a pair of trauma shears!

    This bag had been x-rayed and hand searched no fewer than six times! I guess they were so distracted by the harmless battery each time that they missed three genuine threats.

    A little scary, no?
     
  19. mathauck0814

    mathauck0814 Loggerhead Turtle

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    Par for the course, really.
     
  20. gcarter

    gcarter Surface Interval Member

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