Can You Bring Utensils And Cutlery On A Plane? 2024

If you’ve ever attempted to bring your utensils and cutlery on a plane for any reason, you’ll need to have some basic knowledge about the airlines and airport security rules so you don’t end up leaving them at the airport.

Utensils, cutlery and silverware in general are permitted on planes in both carry-on and checked baggage, but knives of any length (except plastic rounded better knives ) will not be accepted in hand luggage, they need to be packed in checked baggage.

Sometimes it can be hard to identify which items are okay to take, but in this post we have searched all the items that you can and cannot bring in both carry on and checked baggage.

Let’s dive right in.

ItemsCarry on bagsChecked bags
All type of ForksOKOK
All type of Metal SpoonsOKOK
Metal knivesNot Allowed OK
Wooden and Bamboo knivesNot Allowed OK
Round-bladed plastic butter knivesOKOK

Can You Take Utensils And Cutlery Through The Security Checkpoint?

The TSA regulates what you can and can’t bring in the airport to and from the United States, and here is what they have to say about traveling with utensils, cutlery and silverware.

Utensils in general are allowed through the security checkpoint without and on planes, however sharp objects like knives are not permitted in hand luggage, knives need to be placed in your checked bag.

The TSA rules about taking utensils and cutlery in both Carry on and checked bags

“Knives, except for plastic or round-bladed butter knives, are not allowed in carry-on bags.”


Metal spoons and forks are all good to bring in hand luggage and the reason knives are not allowed in carry-on is for safety reasons, knives can be used wrongly on board the airplane if a bad guy loses his temper.

So if you want to bring your cutlery to enjoy a meal on your flight, consider bringing a plastic knife.

Even knives with saw-like edges are not permitted to be carried in hand luggage.

Angies asked the STA customer service on Twitter about taking her utensils in carry-on, the spork and the butter knife are metal. 

Even though the TSA agent answer is not straight forward, we still got it.

The spork is allowed in carry-on baggage even though it is metal ,but the knife needs to be plastic so it can be accepted in carry-on baggage. 

Take Utensil and Cutlery In Checked Baggage

You can take your utensils in checked baggage on most airlines.

If you want to bring a set of utensils it is better to send them in checked baggage.

Silverware and expensive cutlery are better to avoid sending them in checked baggage as there are chances that they will be damaged and sometimes even stolen during the transportation.

You can take expensive silverware with you onboard and send the knife in checked baggage that way you will mitigate the risk of losing all your items.

Jim wanted to bring these beautiful metal utensils in his carry-on.

Spoons and forks are allowed in carry-on bags, serrated knives must be placed in unchecked bags.

Can You Bring Utensils And Cutlery On a Plane: The Final Thoughts

Generally any sharp metal objects will not be accepted in carry on luggage.

Pack any knives in your checked baggage. 

But when traveling with high value items, it is better to avoid sending them in checked baggage.

We hope this helps.

Happy travels.

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