Here are some tips I've learned:
- Read my detailed post about tools in carry-on. You'll enjoy the surprises!
- It helps to warn the x-ray screener that your carry-on contains tools for your jewelry projects.
- Always keep a printout of the TSA rules in your carry-on, just in case.
- Hammers of any length are not allowed in carry-ons. Pack hammer & oversized tools in your checked bags.
ON CRUISE SHIPS (at least NCL's Spirit):
- Suspicious tools in ALL baggage (checked or carry-on) will be flagged.
- Checked bag: Porters take everyone's checked baggage to a screening area &, if ok, will deliver to your room hours later. If not ok, checked bag will be flagged, & you'll get a notice to wait in a long line to personally go through your bag with a screener. You'll miss a pingpong tournament & welcome-aboard cocktails. My long-handled, round-tipped metal scissors triggered the notice, but were approved when we examined the baggage together.
- Carry-on bag: Examined in your presence & tools discussed immediately when boarding ship. Tools deemed unsafe will be removed, tagged, & returned at end of cruise.
- SUGGESTION: Before boarding ship, re-pack baggage from your plane trip this way==> Put ALL jewelry tools in your carry-on so they can be discussed as you're screened to board the ship. Saves hours of precious fun-time.
ON TRAINS: To be determined:) I hope to make such a trip one day.