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1. Posted by johnstar (Budding Member 53 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I will be travelling to Peru in two weeks time with my girlfriend and as we will be hiking, camping and trekking at a variety of places i will require a first aid kit, torch and also will need to bring a swiss army knife as an essential tool but im just a little concerned about airport security and wondered if anyone has any experience with this issue.

We will be flying out from Barajas Airport in Madrid and of course i will place the swiss knife in my travel luggage and not in my hand luggage as i realise that it could carry a big risk or threat but is it best to declare this or is it accepted to pack certain essential items?

Many Thanks

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello - I carried a Swiss Army knife in my hold luggage all around the world and didn't have a problem.

I think the issue would be around the security risk from having the knife in the cabin.

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I just flew from the UK to Iceland on Monday with my Swiss Army knife in my checked-in bag and had no trouble.

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 8, 2006 6:41 AM by angela_ ]

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

As far as I am aware, you can carry a samurai sword etc on a plane if you want, providing that it's in your checked in luggage. Don't see how a swiss army knife in a checked bag can be any cause for concern for anybody

5. Posted by Travel_N (Inactive 161 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hey ...
one question , but slightly off this main topic.
I bought a swiss knife few months back... I find it a little difficult to pull the blades out - anyone faced this issue? anyidea to "loosen" it up a bit?

I read somewhere that we eneed to soak it in hot water - is this correct?

6. Posted by johnstar (Budding Member 53 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi April,

Yeah i heard something similar about either soaking in water or a soapy water to loosen up the blades if they are too tight.

I think after a fair bit of use they will get slightly easier to use anyway.

Good luck )

7. Posted by nichoco (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have travelled with my swiss army knife RTW many times.Carried in the hold,ie checked in baggage, no problem.Last trip to New Zealand forgot that it was in my day pack and lost it.
As for cleaning it, dishwashing liquid and brush out and move the blades.Than use a very small amount of olive oil or other cooking oil in the part where the blades swivel and move the blades back and forth to allow the oil to get right in.This will keep it going for a long time.Just don't over do it with the oil.

8. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oiling the knife worked well for me... and as for the knife issue i got mine passed to the airline staff in Singapore after they found it in my carry on, but could not retrieve it in Yangon airport later... well anyone who has been to yangon airport should know how its like.... Sorry if my post appears a bit of an anomaly.. first post so im just learnin...

9. Posted by Behappy (Full Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I had had a problem with my knife in Istanbul airport on 2001.

I had to go a airport police office to explain the reason why i carry that knife and make a police report.

so i should send my knife via checked baggage.

I guess it's because of 911 terror happened on that year.

10. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I just got back from Peru a few months ago and I did not have any problems carrying a knife. As long as it is in your checked bags you should be fine. I would also suggest bringing a headlamp instead of a typical torch. This way you can keep your hands free while hiking in the dark or setting up a tent. Have fun, Peru is incredible.