When I first heard about the Opena — an iPhone case that doubles as a bottle opener — last year, I had two reactions. The first: "Awesome." The second: "I wonder if you can get it through airline security in your hand luggage?" Last week, I decided to find out.
Bottle openers are one of those interesting items with airport security: if they've got a sharp end, you'll get busted if you try and to take one through, but they won't always get noticed. The Opena doesn't actually have an exposed sharp edge, so in theory it should be OK anyway, but you never know until you try. So last week I did.
I took the Opena on a flight to Melbourne and back, and put it in my hand luggage both times. I didn't put a phone in it, so if any observant airport type was looking for bottle opener shapes, it would have been obvious. But no-one stopped me. On both trips, it got through with no comment whatsoever.
This is good news: after all, you don't want to have to put your phone case into hand luggage. Beer, anyone?