There are so many people interested in going fishing while they are on holiday that it makes sense that they don’t want to buy too much fishing gear once they reach their destination.

One of the popular questions most fishing enthusiasts ask is:

Are Fishing Hooks Allowed on Planes?

Yes, fishing hooks are allowed on planes, just not in your hand luggage. If you just have carry-on luggage, then you will not be allowed to carry sharp objects on the plane like sharp fishing hooks. However, if you have a suitcase then you may be able to pack them in your suitcase and have them travel in the main cargo hold.

Why there is confusion around fishing hooks

Fishing hooks are what most fishermen use to catch their fish. In fact, is their main tool of choice for impaling fish in the mouth or (and this rare) snagging the body of the fish.

The problem is, unless you are into fishing, you will have no idea what a fishing hook is. This is actually part of the problem.

So, you can see why it is such an important tool for fishermen.

Some Airlines and Airport Security Officers May Allow Them

There is a caveat to the previous answer in the fact that some airlines and airport security may allow you to carry fishing hooks, but this is a bit of a lottery.

It all depends on the airline’s own policy and also what sort of mood the airport security is in on any given day.

Why then do some airlines say no?

The main problem lies in airlines using smaller airports where security knows less about the laws around aircraft security. In some cases, they may see a fishing hook on someone’s belt or in their pocket and assume it is a weapon.

Differs from country to country

Not only are there different rules and regulations for airports, but there are also different rules and regulations depending on which country you are flying to or from.

Legalities of Air Travel

The US has its own set of laws about traveling by plane within the country. However, when International travel comes into play, there is a separate set of laws for this.

International law says that all sharp objects must be stored in your hold luggage after passing through security before boarding any aircraft. It can’t be put in hand luggage.

How Can You Safeguard Yourself?

You can safeguard yourself by getting in touch with the airline you are flying with and asking their security department what rules and regulations there are about taking fishing hooks on board.

With this information, you can take your fishing hooks with you when flying.

As for airport security, the only thing you can do is make sure that they are not visible in your luggage or on your person.

Just Needs an Explanation

Oftentimes, you may get stopped by airport security (some may not know much about fishing) and they may ask you what the hooks are.

If you ever find yourself in this situation, you can simply explain to them that you are a fisherman and it is part of your fishing gear.

Whether the security officer believes you or not, they may just let you go through without any problems.

Alternatively, Buy Some More

If you really don’t want to go through the hassle of being checked and then having your fishing hooks confiscated, you could simply purchase some more fishing hooks once you reach your final destination.

It may add a little more expense to your holiday, but at least you will have a hassle-free journey.

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Are Fishing Hooks Allowed on Planes?


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