My wife and I flew over the holidays and were stopped both ways because the guy at the x-ray machine saw she was carrying a small Leatherman tool. It was legal so they let her through with it. But what happens to tools that are confiscated because they do not comply with TSA rules?
They end up at the state surplus store in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — and if you go there, you might be able to buy your tool back. You will also be able to buy other items that for some insane reason, people thought would be okay to bring on a plane — like daggers, fake guns, and material that looks like plastic explosive.