Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 32566 times:
Pens and pencils are not on the TSA's prohibited item list but they do say,
Quote: The prohibited items list is not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. To ensure travelers' security, Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) may determine that an item not on the Prohibited Items List is prohibited.
When travelling internationally from Australia I have always carried a ball-point pen with my travel documents and passport. After all, how else is one to fill in the landing cards required by some countries, including Australia, without a pen?
PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2858 posts, RR: 48
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 32500 times:
Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 2): I also carry pen/pencil in my laptop backpack all over the United States and a few international destinations, no problems ever.
Agreed. I have certainly never had this questioned and I always have multiple pens in my bag regardless of whether I'm in uniform and on duty, or traveling as a paying passenger in civilian clothes. I even have a clothes pin, which can pinch something fierce!