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Work Tools

Baggage Regulations for Work Tools

This guide explains airport security regulations on work tools. Check if the airline lets you bring working tools and portable power machinery on the plane in hand luggage.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCES WORK TOOLS: In some cases, work and power tools can only go in the hold when you take a plane journey in or out of the United Kingdom.

It would be unusual for airline passengers to take work tools and portable power machines on a plane.

As a rule the table shows the standard regulation for carrying work tools onto a plane. But you should always check with your airline if you are unsure.

Work Tools and Equipment

Work Tools and Power Machine Allowed in Hand Luggage? Allowed in Hold Luggage?
Tools with Blade or Shaft Longer than 6cm (e.g. chisel) No Yes
Drills and Drill Bits No Yes
Stanley Knife No Yes
Saw (including portable power saw) No Yes
Screwdriver No Yes
Hammer No Yes
Pliers No Yes
Wrench or Spanner No Yes
Bolt Gun or Nail Gun No Yes
Crowbar No Yes
Blowtorch No Yes

Flight Luggage Restrictions on Work Tools and Power Equipment in the United Kingdom