There are strict protocols for everything including whether you can bring the smallest of items like nail clippers on a plane...

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When you are preparing to fly, you will be packing all sorts of items from large luggage, liquids to small nail clippers which you do not give second thoughts to. However, there are strict protocols for everything including whether you can bring the smallest of items like nail clippers on a plane.

In the past, I have had my mini nail clippers taken away from me by the TSA due to it being slightly sharp at the end. This just goes to show how precise and strict the TSA is and also, that it is important to check with the TSA and airline guidelines on whether the items you are bringing are allowed.

However, after going through this small hiccup, I have done the research, and never have I ever got my nail clippers confiscated again.

To put it simply, you are allowed to bring nail clippers on a plane. You can freely put it in your carry on or your checked baggage. However, if you are putting it in your carry on, the airlines make the final decision whether you can bring the nail clippers on or not.

In this article, we will first go through the different types of nail clippers, then we will do a deep dive into everything to do with bringing nail clippers on a plane.

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Can you carry nail clippers in the checked baggage?

Different types of nail clippers:

There are 4 different types of nail clippers:

Scissors clippers: Scissor clippers help in cutting nails more precisely compared to the other clippers.Lever-type clippers: Lever type clippers are the most common clippers. These clippers are small and compact which can be used very easily. These clippers have two sharp blades. When you put your nail in between these blades and you squeeze those blades together, the blades will trim your nails. These clippers will not give a precise cut.Cuticle cutters: Cuticle cutters are used to clear the thin tissue around the nails. It is used to clean the excess tissues around the nail. These look similar to small scissors and these have thin points and they are very sharp. These are the thinnest nail clippers.

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Nipper clippers: These clippers are the strongest among all. These can be used to cut thick nails such as toenails. They look more like a wire cutter. The blades of the clipper could be concave or straight.

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