TRAVELING WITH A SWISS ARMY KNIFE
In my travels, I have never seen an officer or government official look sideways at me for using or having in my possession a Swiss Army knife. Even in countries where knives are not allowed in checked luggage that is coming in, they are widely accepted. For some reason, the red knife and shield instantly disarm people, putting them at ease. In the Philippines, where knife carry is not permitted in cities, I asked a police officer if my Wenger Traveler knife was OK. He said, “Of course it’s OK. It’s not a weapon; it’s a Swiss Army knife! All travelers have them.” Some countries have X-ray machines located inside the airport entry for departures. These machines are used to screen for weapons and drugs. Even so, I have never been singled out for having a Swiss Army knife—only for small fixed blades, which are considered weapons (daggers) by them.