Can You Bring a Corkscrew on a Plane?

Hey there, fellow traveler? Are you wondering if you can bring your favorite wine opener or corkscrew on a plane?

The answer is a firm – it depends!

 If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably found yourself wondering about the ever-changing world of airline security regulations, and what items you can and cannot bring on board. One commonly asked question is whether or not you can bring a corkscrew on a plane. In this friendly guide, we’ll help you navigate this question with ease!

Corkscrew in the top of a wine bottle.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Guidelines

First things first, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of TSA rules and regulations. The TSA has a long list of items that are prohibited in carry-on luggage to ensure everyone’s safety. When it comes to corkscrews, the guidelines are actually pretty straightforward.

There are several types of corkscrews, each with their own rules when it comes to air travel. Let’s take a look at the three most common types:

Wine Key Corkscrews

Wine key corkscrews are compact and foldable, making them a popular choice for many wine enthusiasts.

Great news! TSA guidelines generally allow wine key corkscrews in your carry-on luggage, as long as they do NOT have a blade attached.

The most important thing to determine is if your corkscrew has a blade or not. Some corkscrews have blades so you can cut the foil on the top of the bottle. Many do not have a blade.

Corkscrew No BladeCorkscrew With Blade
Carry OnYesNO!
Checked BagYesYes
Can you bring that wine opener on the plane?

Winged Corkscrews

Winged corkscrews have two levers that resemble wings, making them easy to use for opening wine bottles.

Winged corkscrews are also allowed in carry-on luggage, according to TSA guidelines. Just make sure there are no sharp or detachable blades!

Lever Corkscrews

Lever corkscrews are a bit more complex and feature a lever mechanism for efficient cork removal.

You guessed it! As long as your lever corkscrew doesn’t have any blades or sharp attachments, TSA guidelines permit them in carry-on luggage.

TSA Security Checkpoint Guidelines state that you can’t carry knives or box cutters onto planes. So if your wine opener has blades or is sharp at all, this could make things difficult for getting to your destination.

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International Air Travel Considerations

Now, before you start packing that corkscrew, it’s essential to remember that rules can vary between countries.

While the TSA guidelines apply to flights within and departing from the United States, other countries may have slightly different regulations.

To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve listed some notable international guidelines below:

  1. European Union – Similar to TSA guidelines, most EU countries allow corkscrews without blades in carry-on luggage.
  2. United Kingdom – The UK also follows similar rules, allowing corkscrews without blades in carry-on bags.
  3. Canada – Canada’s CATSA guidelines are in line with TSA and EU regulations, permitting bladeless corkscrews in carry-ons.
  4. Australia – Australia’s aviation security regulations also allow bladeless corkscrews in carry-on luggage.

As a friendly tip, always check the specific regulations for your airline and destination before packing your corkscrew!

Alternatives to Carrying a Corkscrew on a Plane

If you’d rather not worry about packing a corkscrew, consider these alternatives:

  • Purchase a corkscrew at your destination – There are plenty of affordable options available at most stores. Donate it to a good cause when you leave your destination!
  • Opt for a multi-tool without a blade – This handy gadget can help you open a wine bottle and serve other purposes too!
  • Learn corkscrew-free methods for opening wine bottles – Impress your friends with creative ways to open a bottle without a corkscrew.

If you’re not sure what the rules are about bringing a wine opener on an airplane, it’s best to contact your airline before packing one.

Can You Put A Corkscrew In Hold Luggage?

You are allowed to put a corkscrew in your checked luggage or hold baggage.  


In conclusion, the general guideline for bringing a corkscrew on a plane is that it should be bladeless. But remember, it’s always best to check the specific regulations for your airline and destination before you pack. By adhering to safety and security rules, you can ensure

And as always, try being nice when dealing with airport staff it’s been scientifically proven that people who are more polite make other people happier than those who aren’t! Happy travels!

Carlos Flood

Hello, I'm Carlos Flood. I am a wine writer and the wine editor for The Wine Enthusiast Magazine. I have been writing about wine since 2008, but my love affair with all things grape started much earlier: when I was barely old enough to pick up a glass of vino at family dinners. As a food and drink journalist, my goal is simple: to help people know more about what they are drinking by providing them with information that will inform their decisions.

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