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sarafrog
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USA
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Posted - 07/28/2006 :  2:47:19 PM  Show Profile Send sarafrog a Private Message
I flew to Mexico in April and had no trouble on the way there (was knitting socks magic-loop style on sz 1 circulars) but ran into problems on the way back. The security staff at the airport in Mexico would not allow the needles in my carry-on. Fortunately, I had not been separated from my suitcase yet so I was able to put them away rather than have them confiscated. A friend of mine flew to a different part of Mexico more recently and also had no problems on the way there but she had her small crochet hook confiscated in the Mexican airport on her way back to the US.

sandlover
Warming Up

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Posted - 07/30/2006 :  10:12:05 AM  Show Profile Send sandlover a Private Message
We went thru the Cancun airport in April and had no troubles at all with having knitting needles in my carry on.
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wildhorsefarmer
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USA
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Posted - 07/30/2006 :  6:53:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit wildhorsefarmer's Homepage Send wildhorsefarmer a Private Message
I had big problems in Cancun this spring with my bamboo dpn's.I had socks on the needles in my carry on bag.A young (Mexican)woman in line ahead of me had a kit with nail scissors,file,and clippers.The security people opened it,looked at it qucikly,and handed it back to her witha smile!Then they x-rayed my bag, pulled the sock out,held it up,stared at me for a few seconds,then ripped the needles out of the sock in progress, and finally handed it all back to me and waved me through.
I was glad I was allowed to keep my knitting and needles.
Never encountered anything like this in my years post-911 of travelling internationally with my knitting.
Lisa

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sarafrog
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USA
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Posted - 08/01/2006 :  11:22:59 AM  Show Profile Send sarafrog a Private Message
Apparently, procedures vary quite a bit in Mexico and it sounds like it depends on the individual security person you're dealing with. I guess it's best just to be prepared for anything. I have always taken a SASE (padded, of course) with me when flying with knitting but haven't had to use it, yet. I have to say, though, that I haven't found anywhere more beautiful for knitting than a shaded flagstone patio overlooking a beach in Mexico.
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Posted - 08/04/2006 :  12:17:24 PM  Show Profile  Send eae1969@yahoo.com a Yahoo! Message Send eae1969@yahoo.com a Private Message
I have been traveling to Mexico 3-4 times a year for work (plant visits) for the past couple years. I always travel with my Denise needles (I only take the size tips I need, and a couple of the cables in case I need to extend them). During my last visit in May, I had no problems entering Mexico, but on my return trip the security lady confiscated my scissors! She told me they could cut someone. Huh??? LADY THEY'RE CRAYOLA CHILDREN'S ROUND TIP SCISSORS AND THEY WON'T HARM EVEN A BABY! I explained to her in Spanish what I needed them for, but she confiscated them anyway. They only cost me $1, but still it made me mad.

Happy Knitting!
Ericka
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