What are the rules about sharp objects in your main luggage (not hand luggage)? Is a junior hack saw blade (Don't ask) ok to take? Do you need to tick a box on some kind of form to say you have sharp objects in you bag or anything like that? Thank you.
It would seem ok to me Sui, providing it is checked in of course
My parents just brought a spear back in their checked in luggage without any trouble Last year I was at a conference and one of the sponsors flew over from New Zealand with a suitcase FULL of pocket knives to hand out as a promotional tool. He had to explain himself, but was still allowed to check it in.
You didn't say where you were flying, but most transportation security agencies in each country has a website that will list what is and is not allowed to be brought on board and checked in. Here's the US Site.
In general, a hack-saw blade if it is covered (either in plastic as they often come when you buy them or wrapped in some stiff material) is allowed on a plane in checked luggage.
Noticed you were from the UK. Here's a link from a UK airport: Aberdeen security control
I got pulled up at Hobart airport for trying to 'smuggle' a fork onto a plane (had been there for weeks, lost). I managed to accidentally take a penknife through JFK though, despite the fact that they emptied my bag out and put the stuff back in again!
You know, it's funny what is and isn't allowed, really. When I travel for work, I take a laptop with me - which is a large, heavy blunt object that could be used for bashing people's skulls with. Also, I have a lock for my laptop, which is a 4 foot long piece of metal wire topped with a heavy metal bob at the end - ideal for strangling people or swinging wildly to hit face, eyes, etc.
But my nail clippers - you can't bring those on board!
Just before going through security at Louis Armstrong airport in New Orleans, I remembered I'd stored a souvenir voo doo doll in my carry on luggage. And it was stuffed full of pins!! Gack!! But it didn't even make a bleep on the x-ray machine.
However, getting on a flight from Toronto to LA, a security woman randomly stopped me before I got on the plane. After going through my ENTIRE carry-on bag (and after searching through my shoes) she inquired rather sternly what the "non-soap handcleaner" was for.