Pocket Monkey…I barely knew you.
You cannot argue with the TSA. They are right…just ask them. And the smaller the airport, the more “vigorous” the enforcement.
I have written ad nauseum about my addiction to multi-tools and my sadness at not being able to carry one on a plane. I mean, I just NEED one, right?
I thought I had solved my problem with the Pocket Monkey, but the TSA supervisor at FWA had other ideas this morning, even though I had carried the Monkey through this airport before, several times.
He informed me that this portion was considered a blade because it was sharpened, so I could not carry it on the plane.
I understand that they have a job to do, but really? I mean, really? This is a half inch of “blade” that is just barely sharp enough to nick a banana.
What I have discovered is that you cannot have a reasoned conversation with a TSA agent. They have a certain amount of discretion in interpreting the rules, but I am reasonably sure that I could not do anything damaging on this plane with the Pocket Monkey, other than tighten the screws on my seat back tray table.
I will miss poor my friend Dieter the Pocket Monkey.
I am now open for new suggestions on the next piece I can try to carry on a plane, to save lives and defend freedom.
Oops, there go my self-righteous histrionics again.
As I said, please leave me some suggestions in the comments section for other things to try to carry legally onto a plane.