The Airport Lead™ — a metal-free leather leash & collar for travel (no leash snap)

A BLD exclusive design! This simple, premium leather slip lead is perfect for frequent flyers. Crafted with no hardware or metal, this all leather design makes it easy to walk right through TSA security metal detectors with your companion.

Artisan handcrafted in Colorado, USA! 

Medium 6′ lengths are normally IN STOCK. Please allow 3-5 business days for other sizes to be made to order. 

Due to new limitations in our supplier’s leather processing, the base cost of all 3/8” products have been increased to cover the additional cost of labor needed to continue to provide this size of leather.




The versatile and all-in-one design of the Airport leash & collar will simplify your life. This leash can be used as a slip collar, looped around any collar or harness as an alternative to using a leash snap, or it can be worn as a simple harness by looping the lead under the dog’s chest and back through the collar if more control is needed. See photos for ideas.

Ideal for frequent travelers with service/assistance dogs, working dogs who travel to locations, or pets permitted to fly aboard airplanes. Perfect for frequent state house and courthouse visitors and frequent MRI scan patients, too. Eliminates the need to “undress” your dog as you walk through security making it more convenient for quick security screening.

Made from our soft and extremely durable leather, this leash will out-perform any regular leash. There is no stitching to come undone or rivets to wear out. We use only the best and most durable leather that is always soft to the touch and only improves with age.


  • Small (3/8” / 7mm. width): Best for smaller and medium sized dogs. Lighter weight leather is braided at both ends; this narrow width is very secure
  • Medium (1/2” / 11mm. width): Great for medium sized dogs, yet sturdy enough for larger dogs. *Most popular choice! *
  • Large (5/8” / 14mm. width): Great for larger dogs, or those that like a heavier, sturdy feeling leash


Choose the overall length of the leash: 4 or 6 feet. Remember your dog’s neck will use some of the length so the functional leash will be shorter.


Our Golden TAN BRIDLE Leather is 100% American vegetable tanned leather, made with NO dyes or toxic metallic chemicals. Reminiscent of fine English horse tack, this leather is superior in quality to any other leash you’ve seen. Every leash is HAND-OILED to bring out the softness, so your leash arrives supple and feels great in your hands immediately and only improves with age. The color will darken with use and age.

Our lovely BLACK LATIGO is solid black, and superior to ordinary leashes in texture and quality, cut from select from USA hides. It is incredibly durable, yet is very flexible. Feels great in your hands and will simply get better with age.

Leather care is easy! Don’t worry too much, and don’t be afraid to use your items — we promise leather is incredibly resilient, and regular weather won’t hurt it. If you think your item looks dirty, dry, or just need a little extra love, pouring a little leather conditioner on a cloth, and rubbing it in like lotion will usually do the trick. Baths and a jaunt in the river are just fine, but you might want to offer a little conditioner to your products afterwards. Saltwater can be harsh, so after a visit to the ocean, a good rinse in fresh water and proper conditioning will help preserve and protect your treasured leash or collar. See our Leather Care page for more specific information.

Lifetime Warranty

We stand behind the quality of our products.

All Bold Lead Designs’ handcrafted leather & Brahma products that we make in our workshop are guaranteed against defects in materials and craftsmanship for life!

If your leather lead, Brahma lead, training equipment, or harness ever breaks or is damaged from regular use, simply contact Bold Lead Designs for a replacement or repair at no charge. There is no time limit. This is the best warranty in the industry.

If service is required, please see Warranty Claims & Repair Service below.

Warranty is limited to replacement or repair of covered product only, and does not cover things outside of our control such as chewing, neglect, misuse, normal wear, external trauma, or customer alterations. Bold Lead Designs reserves the right to determine if a repair or replacement is covered by our warranty. Items we don’t make in our workshop, such as accessories and consumable items, are excluded. Note: bldBASICS, any item sold as used or imperfect or marked with a star is excluded from this warranty or guarantee.

Limitation of Damages:

Guarantee/Warranty is limited to replacement or repair of product only. Bold Lead Designs, LLC, or its associates, cannot be responsible for any claims or liabilities beyond the scope of the guarantee. Chewing, neglect and misuse, customer alterations, external trauma, and items marked with a star void all warranties. No other warranties, expressed or implied, are made. User assumes all responsibility for proper and safe use of product and care of animal. Customer pays for shipping for warranty claims. This warranty is nontransferable.

Have a warranty issue? Need a repair or replacement?

Please contact us first so we can help determine the best way to get you taken care of!

If the product sustained damage under normal use, and is covered under warranty, we will make it right at no charge (just pay for shipping).

Non-warranty repairs and alterations may be available, even for chewing and external damage. Repair costs start at $5 plus shipping. We will provide an accurate quote upon assessing the damage.

What to do: Tell us what product you have and what the issue is. If you can, please email us photos of the damage so that we can determine the best solution (repair, replacement, or something else). Usually we will have you mail the item to us, in which case we ask that you send the item to us with a completed Warranty-Repair Form. Please download, fill it in, print, and include with your return.

All warranty claims and repairs must be accompanied by the form otherwise we won’t know what to do with your item when received. If you don’t have a printer, you may write out all the pertinent information on a paper and include it with the item. Customer is responsible for all related shipping costs.

Reviews (13)

13 reviews for The Airport Lead™ — a metal-free leather leash & collar for travel (no leash snap)

  1. Desiree Nielsen (verified owner)

    Arrived very fast. This is going to be perfect.

  2. Collette Yee (verified owner)

    I always struggled through security and looked everywhere for a leash with absolutely no metal. So glad I finally found this one! Price is ok but I would think it would cost less since it’s just one material.

  3. (verified owner)

    If you fly, you need this. Before I got this lead, I had to take everything off my service dog when we got to TSA security. I would walk through the metal detector and then he would follow but we weren’t attached. I worried that if there was an emergency, we could be separated. BLD to the rescue!! Now that I have this Airport Lead, it’s so easy!! I never have to worry that we aren’t connected. It is a big hit with the TSA screeners also. Sometimes they call over another agent or supervisor, just to show it off. It makes their job easier as well because they don’t have to worry where the dog is. He’s right there with me! Thanks, BLD!!

  4. fedx816 (verified owner)

    This is our most commonly used leash for everyday work (I usually use it lopped around the nose). I just it through TSA for the first time recently, and it was really nice for my dog to not need a pat down, since I commonly have trace something-or-other on me.

  5. Vanessa Rosa (verified owner)

    This is the best lead for for the airport. TSA makes you take every metal off of your dog when going through the metal detector..This leash made it so much easier to travel with my dog alone. I had no issues going through TSA and my dog found the harness to be very comfortable. Than you for just a great harness for dog travelers.

  6. Sarella

    I used this awesome lead on my GSD, Emma’s maiden flight. It was wonderful! I put her Bold Lead Designs Mobility Assistance Harness, Collar and Lead on the scanner belt. I walked through with Emma right after me. It was so simple and easy for us to go through security! Once through I put Emma’s Service Dog gear back on and we were good to go. Emma proved herself to be a pro also on the flights.
    Thank you for the great design of the Airport Lead!

  7. Heather (verified owner)

    Service dog Molly loves this leash. She got the black 5 footer, which is perfect for keeping her close in an airport. The leash comes with a helpful little piece of leather that ensures that the neck hole doesn’t get too big. When molly gets through security with no problems, she’s a happy dog!

  8. KateLynne S. (verified owner)

    BLD had done it again. Another winner with A+ for ease of use and quality. It make traveling much easier and quicker. It takes long enough for TSA to do my pat down, at least now my working dog just breezes through. Very very happy with this product and I recommend it to all my friends who travel with guides and service dogs.

  9. KateLynne S. (verified owner)

    BLD had done it again! This leash had really made life easy for a lot of us who travel with our dogs. I no longer have to wait for my dog to get wander by TSA (she never cared but I always did). I am very happy to have this leash in my toolbox of equipment and have used it many many times. A+ for ease of use and quality.

  10. Patricia Meredith (verified owner)

    This is a godsend at the airport! Training collar and leash go in the scanner basket. My service dog Trent II walks through with me and the agents no longer have to wand him! It paid for itself the first time I used it!

  11. Jonathan Gorman (verified owner)

    I needed something like this to walk through security and this is the only place I found it. The sizing is great – make sure you take into account how they measure (the bigger the neck, the shorter the leash due to the slip).

    I love this leash – the only downside is that my dog wants to chew on it because it smells of natural leather (because it is).

  12. Cheryl Thomason (verified owner)

    My dog, Annie, loves this lead…no metal! In the past I had to change collar and lead at security, before and after. Now, I have this lead and my TSA pre-approval number…presto!

  13. Kim (verified owner)

    My husband and I bought two of these for our two dogs (55 lb boxer mixes), simply because we really liked the no fuss design and they looked like they’d hold up well. The leashes are beautiful, and the leather is really nice quality- you can tell they’ll break in really well. They’ve proved incredibly sturdy, and held up well to the “OMG that’s a squirrel, I must get the squirrel,” test, and our dogs seem to find them really comfortable. I would definitely recommend them for anyone, regardless of the need to go through metal detectors. The customer service was phenomenal as well!

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