Can You Bring Silverware On A Plane?

Last Updated on September 6, 2022

Key Takeaways

  • According to the TSA, silverware in general is allowed on the plane
  • But the knives usually found in silverware sets are not permitted in hand luggage
  • You can pack silverware in checked luggage but there is a risk it might go missing

TSA Silverware Rules

If you search for ”silverware” on the Transportation Security Administration website you won’t find a result.

So I checked on Twitter to find out what the rules are about bringing silverware on a plane.

Sally had already asked the question:

You can bring forks or a spoons in carry-on luggage without restriction.

The problem with silverware is the knives.

The TSA exists to protect passengers from aviation threats and they view most knives that you’ll find in silverware sets as a potential weapon.

The only metal knife that you can bring on a plane is a round-bladed butter knife.

The knife in your silverware set is not permitted to have a serrated edge.

Realistically that means if you want to bring a silverware set on a plane you’ll need to pack it in checked luggage.

Packing silverware in checked bags has it’s own set of problems.

Firstly, the fees for checked luggage can be expensive.

Secondly, there is always the risk that your silverware might be lost or stolen if packed in a checked bag.

If your silverware is expensive or has sentimental value then it might not be the best idea to check it.

As an alternative, consider shipping your silverware set to your destination rather than taking it on the plane.

If you just want to bring some cutlery on the plane to use to eat something then try packing a plastic knife and fork.

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