There are various types and shapes of peelers, swivel peeler or jonas peelers, julienne peelers, serrated peelers, rotary peelers.., and If you’re planning to travel by plane, you may wonder: can you take a vegetable peeler on a plane? The answer is not as simple as a “Yes” or “No”, as there are specific regulations and restrictions you need to be aware of.
In this post, I’ll will slice through the TSA regulations on carrying vegetable peelers in carry-on and checked bags, the type of vegetable peelers that you can bring on board with you and specific safety tips for packing these items in checked baggage, so you can pack your veggies peeler with confidence and enjoy your travel experience.
Let’s die right in.
Can You Take a Vegetable Peeler On a Plane? TSA Rules
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), didn’t specifically mention vegetable peelers on its website but generally the short answer is yes, you can take a vegetable peeler on a plane.
Here is the TSA team confirming to Elphie on X ( Formerly Twitter) that Y-shaped vegetable peelers are good to go in carry-on bags.
You do not also need to remove your peeler from your bag at the security checkpoint. vegetable peeler can remain inside your carry-on bag during x-ray screening.
But what about this one.
Well, the TSA has very strict guidelines when taking vegetable peelers on planes and any other sharp objects, so even if the TSA do not classify an item on its website as no go, it is up to the security agent you are dealing with if they will let it go on board the airplane.
Large serrated and Swivel vegetable peelers can be used as a knife, so they might not be allowed to go through the security.
Also vegetable peelers need to be sheathed or securely wrapped in plastic or other materials to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.
If it happens that the security agent does not accept your veggies peeler, you will either have to transfer it to your checked bag or surrender it at the airport, just remember that you are not going to get it back.
What About Other Kitchen Stuff?
The TSA and airports worldwide have strict rules about taking sharp objects on board the airplane. They want to make sure that no one takes anything that could be used as a weapon or has a sharp blade.
If you want to take kitchen shears, or other small utensils in carry-on for example, the blades have to be less than 4 inches long.
But items that are not mentioned in the TSA prohibited items like grilling tongs, are better if you pack them in your checked bag.
Can You Take a Vegetable Peeler In Checked Baggage?
This is what I will recommend, if you are taking other kitchen accessories along with your vegetable peeler.
Stash everything in your checked bag.
And here are some tips on how to do it safely and efficiently:
- Wrap your vegetable peeler and any other sharp items securely along with bubble wrap, a towel, or clothing items that can cushion them from impact and protect luggage inspectors and handlers from getting injured.
- Place your peeler in the middle of your suitcase or backpack, so that it doesn’t get damaged by other items during loading and unloading.
- If you are taking a large vegetable peeler, declare it to the airline, as it is considered a sharp item.
Can You Bring a Vegetable Peeler On International Flights?
If you’re planning to travel internationally with your vegetable peeler, there are no worries about taking small Y-shaped peelers to different countries.
However when traveling with several items or with large vegetable peelers some countries may have restrictions on importing certain types of knives or cutting tools into their territory. For example, Japan does not allow knives over 8 cm (3 inches) long into its airports.
You should also check with the customs authorities of any country you’re visiting about their requirements for bringing sharp objects.
Tip: Remember to always check the TSA website or use their mobile app for the most up to date information about things you can’t bring on a plane and the rules for sharp objects.
Can you bring a vegetable peeler on a plane: The Final Thoughts
After reading this post I really hope you have a better understanding for the rules and regulations of taking a vegetable peeler on a plane.
Remember that you can always take a peeler in checked baggage, but large and serrated vegetable peeler are more likely to not be accepted in carry-on bags as they can be used to harm someone.
So if you are a foodie that likes to prepare your meal while traveling, just follow the rules and you can bring your vegetable peeler with you on your next flight.
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