TSA Approves Corkscrews on Planes. Now Citizens Demand Access to Wine Bottles.

by Nannette Eaton on March 6, 2013


Update: On June 4, 2013, the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reversed their decision to allow small knives on planes, and will confiscate the standard corkscrew (pictured below) if present in carry-on bags at the TSA screening check-points.  #OneStepForwardTwoStepsBackPulltex Pulltap Corkscrew Wine Key Bottle OpenerThe United States Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced yesterday new guidelines that will allow corkscrews on domestic flights in the United States, effective April 25, 2013. As delighted as the Wine Harlots are about the new regulations (as wine keys are de rigueur for any self-respecting oenophile, we inadvertently have had many, many corkscrews confiscated by security agents around the globe) we now call for the TSA to amend the liquid rule to 750 ml (the size of the standard wine bottle), as the current rule of 100 ml really doesn’t require the need for a corkscrew. C’mon, Homeland Security, if you let me bring delicious wine on the plane, we promise we’ll share!

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Wandering WIno March 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Dear friendly PSA Portland:

Thank you for being the most friendly people that ever confiscated anything from me, now please return my wine openers.

Great info Nannette! So glad to see this post!

Nannette Eaton March 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Shawn!

I’ve lost sooooo many — even when I think my bag is clean, there is always one hiding in a forgotten pocket.
Whatcha gonna do?

All the best,


Jessica l Food Wine Fashion March 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Finally, I can stop having panic attacks in the security line about where I’ve placed (or more appropriately misplaced) my wine keys. Phewwww….

– jessica

Nannette Eaton March 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Only domestically, though.
I think internationally most countries don’t allow corkscrews.

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