Can pilots in other countries or Canada carry Swiss army knives onboard on commercial flights? Passengers are not allowed to do that in Canada.

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    $\begingroup$ Funny thing is, they often (always?) have an axe in the cockpit. $\endgroup$
    – PerlDuck
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ is that an international standard for axes to always be available? $\endgroup$
    – verve
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 18:38
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    $\begingroup$ I only found this: "FAA Section 91.513 states: “Each airplane accommodating more than 19 passengers must be equipped with a crash axe." $\endgroup$
    – PerlDuck
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 18:40
  • $\begingroup$ In Geneva you can even buy them as a passenger at the airport (after passing security). No problem, as long as the blade is shorter than 6cm. $\endgroup$
    – Bianfable
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 19:02
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    $\begingroup$ Axe, shotguns...some people take that zombie thing rather serious. $\endgroup$
    – Peter
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 19:43

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pilots are never allowed to have any kind of weapon on board. when pilots go to work they have to go security just like the passengers.

there has been accidents because of this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Express_Flight_705#Flight_crew_and_hijacker

its maybe allowed when the total length is smaller then your hand but i`m not sure if this rule applies to pilots.

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    $\begingroup$ Eh....that’s not exactly true. Some company SOPs do allow a flight crew to be armed, if needed. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 10:51
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    $\begingroup$ In the US, pilots can participate in the Federal Flight Deck Officer program and are allowed to carry weapons on board. $\endgroup$
    – Bianfable
    Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 11:19
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    $\begingroup$ And by weapons, Bianfable means firearms. Guns, that is. There are companies that even make pilot flight bags in which to carry them. $\endgroup$
    – Dean F.
    Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ When is something a "weapon", and not simply a tool or random object? I think many pilots carry briefcases/flight bags, yet these can make quite handy improvised weapons. And then there's that axe in the cockpit :-) $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 18:12

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