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Old 12-26-2012, 18:51   #1
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"Tactical Pens" and the TSA?

My daughter got me set of Kershaw items that included a nice little folder knife, a small flashlight, and a "tactical" pen. It is made of metal, has checkering around parts like a knife handle for gripping, and a cone shaped end that comes to a fairly sharp but shallow angle point. (Glass breaker?)

My question is: will the TSA actually let you board an airplane with a "tactical pen"? I'd much rather have that then nothing if somebody whipped out a boxcutter, etc., but I can't believe they would let anybody (not just us good guys" board with something so obviously designed as a weapon of sorts. (Yes, it does actually write!)

Anybody heard how this is working out?

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Old 12-26-2012, 23:59   #2
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next time, try google first

A TSO at Palm Beach International (Fla.) was working the X-ray machine when he came across an anomaly on the screen and called for a search of a passenger’s backpack. Inside, the responding Officer discovered a tactical pen, used commonly by law enforcement as a defense tool with its sharp aluminum-based point on one end and blunt portion on the other.

A Supervisory TSO confirmed that item was a prohibited item. The police responded and issued the passenger a criminal summons to appear in court – under the state statute – for carrying a concealed weapon. He was cleared for travel and there were no flight delays.”
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Old 12-27-2012, 00:23   #3
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Lol tsa is something else..a quick Google searched showed me the pen is no more dangerous then a common car/house key..bet the charges are no-filed by the Sao.

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Old 12-27-2012, 00:27   #4
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IMO don't bother with the tactical pens. For some reason many makers insist on plastering their name on the barrel. Most of the time they are a well known firearm company

I use a zebra F-701 that is all stainless and very strong. It looks like pen, not a Kubotan.


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Old 12-27-2012, 16:01   #5
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IMO don't bother with the tactical pens. For some reason many makers insist on plastering their name on the barrel. Most of the time they are a well known firearm company

I use a zebra F-701 that is all stainless and very strong. It looks like pen, not a Kubotan.


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I agree. I have one because I was given one by one of the gun companies. I have it in the car somewhere, I think.

Since I don't plan to have to be breaking glass with mine ( ), I've found it's easier to carry my Waterman pen (service award) or one of my regular pens. It's the skill and experience of the user I keep in mind. Having invested over 40 years in the martial arts, I was practicing with pens (and chopsticks) as expedient defensive weapons back in the early 70's.

Even back when I had a couple of Kobutan key fobs (young cop), I found the similarly-sized Parker capped pen was easier to carry, since it could be carried in a shirt/uniform pocket, and wasn't encumbered with keys. Worked as a pen, too.
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Old 12-27-2012, 16:03   #6
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Old 12-27-2012, 20:05   #7
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IMO don't bother with the tactical pens. For some reason many makers insist on plastering their name on the barrel. Most of the time they are a well known firearm company

I use a zebra F-701 that is all stainless and very strong. It looks like pen, not a Kubotan.


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Old 12-27-2012, 21:20   #8
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Old 12-27-2012, 22:34   #9
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Remember that after you carefully read the TSA's "prohibited item" lists that the final decision as to whether or not an item will be allowed past the checkpoint is up to the individual TSA screener/supervisor. They can, arbitrarily, declare that an item may not be carried through.

As I read somewhere, a TSA screener told a passenger with a "tactical" style item (pen, flashlight, etc), "We read the same catalogs you buys this stuff from. We know what it really is."

Thus, to avoid TSA entanglements avoid "tactical" items. They aren't James Bond secret. Everybody knows why you're carrying a pen that looks like a railroad spike.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:36   #10
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I also like the Zebra pens, I have a couple of the sold stainless ones that are both low profile and very stout.
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Old 12-28-2012, 15:59   #11
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I have carried a Hinderer Extreme Duty pen through many airports with no issues. I usually put it in my laptop case next to a couple of "normal" pens. Never seen anyone even look twice at it.

Went through Palm Beach International a few times recently and no issues. Well apart from them telling me wait while they cleared my checked firearm and then forgetting about me for an hour :-D
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Old 12-28-2012, 19:51   #12
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thanks

Picked up two F-701s today.

Remember the following - you can buy anything that you want to buy for a friend, child or spouse. If that person is not action-oriented, doesn't understand OODA, and doesn't comprehend conditions white, yellow and red, you have wasted your money.
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Old 12-28-2012, 20:11   #13
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I have one on me and a couple more in my truck, plus they write well and don't explode when I go over high mountains. plus they look like a normal pen.
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Old 12-28-2012, 20:26   #14
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why bring a pen, my dad made it to Phoenix, to visit family, from Milwaukee, through Nasheville with an 8 inch filet knife in his jacket. my brother noticed it when he hung the jacket in his closet. honest, it's become a family legend because my sister works at airport and couldn't stop laughing when she heard about it
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:28   #15
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I actually need to pick up a new ink pen. Where are you guys finding the F-701's?
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:38   #16
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OM, I got mine at Staples for about $7. Meijer and Walmart carry other model Zebras, but I've not found the 701s there yet.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:48   #17
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I usually get them from DiscountOfficeItems.com

http://www.discountofficeitems.com/o...nt/p63036.html

4.99 each
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FWIW I've only ever been asked by TSA once what the Stinger is on my key chain, I told them it was a massage pressure tool.

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Old 12-29-2012, 13:37   #20
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Hi, PhilD.

Model/maker of the orange knife please?

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