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Mitch3880
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Canada
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Posted - 11/04/2008 :  08:00:08 AM  Show Profile Send Mitch3880 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi! everyone,
Best to place your knitting needles and crochet hooks in your checked-in luggage. It happened to me twice, while going thru the USA en route to South America. They were confiscated even though my needles were made of plastic.
Good knitting!

marfa
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USA
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Posted - 11/08/2008 :  9:55:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.

This is obviously your experience. However, I disagree, respectively disagree.

I just flew from Philly to NC & had 3 projects w/me (you know how your eyes are bigger than your tummy sometimes? I am that way w/ knitting & books.)

A woman came over to me in the Philly airport to remark upon my knitting & said she had packed her knitting in her checked-in bags, thinking it would not be OK.

I would encourage you to look at the government web site for what is allowed or not allowed. You can print it to show to anyone who wants to take the knitting needles.

My luck/fortine was A-OK in two airports.

Martha

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anderknit
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USA
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Posted - 11/12/2008 :  2:29:22 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I fly all the time (US Domestic only), in and out of high-profile airports including those in DC and NYC, and I have never (within the last 4 years or so) had any problems with needles of any size or material. Scissors, yes, but needles, no. Non-US airports are an entirely different story - I wouldn't even try it.

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knottyknitter
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USA
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Posted - 11/12/2008 :  3:18:58 PM  Show Profile Send knottyknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The OP was flying to South America, and yes, the rules for International flights can be far different than those for Domestic flights. Last year we flew to Argentina on LAN Air. They specically state on their site that knitting needles are NOT allowed. However, I did see a woman at the gate knitting after we went through security in NYC, so I knew that they were not really paying attention to that. So, on the way home, I decided to carry my project instead of packing it. We had to tranfer planes in Chili and they were actually doing spot checks right at the gate for "sharp objects" - fortunately they did not ask me as I would have had to give up my project!

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LadyLiberty
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USA
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Posted - 07/21/2009 :  10:00:21 PM  Show Profile Send LadyLiberty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What if they are wooden needles that you can take off the project and essentially will look like pencils in x-ray?

Also anyone know what they would do with this?

http://www.woolworks.com/Shop/Yarn-Cutter-Pendant?q=yarn+cutter&x=0&y=0&match=all&min=&max=

This is a yarn cutter it looks like a pendant. Would they even know what this was?
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Bethany
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USA
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Posted - 07/21/2009 :  11:07:40 PM  Show Profile Send Bethany a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If it's a domestic flight, or an international fight on a US carrier originating in the US, they'll do exactly the same thing they'll do if you carry on tiny, ultra-pointy steel sock needles.

Absolutely nothing. They're allowed items.

On a flight (or any leg thereof) that originates internationally, what would happen depends on the country. In some countries knitting/crochet implements are allowed (e.g. Canada) in some totally forbidden (e.g. Australia) in many it seems like it's next to impossible to find out (e.g. Poland. Still don't know if my size 5 bamboo DPNs were allowed, but no one took them away from me.)

Circular pendant cutters are explicitly forbidden as carry-ons by the TSA. Like any other non-allowed item, whether they will actually find it and take it away is a crapshoot:

"Most of the items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside. These items cannot be taken through a security checkpoint. They must go in your checked baggage."

(http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm)

I generally carry on nail clippers, which are permitted, cut yarn nicely, and can also trim annoying hangnails.
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LadyLiberty
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USA
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Posted - 07/21/2009 :  11:35:21 PM  Show Profile Send LadyLiberty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bethany

If it's a domestic flight, or an international fight on a US carrier originating in the US, they'll do exactly the same thing they'll do if you carry on tiny, ultra-pointy steel sock needles.

Absolutely nothing. They're allowed items.

On a flight (or any leg thereof) that originates internationally, what would happen depends on the country. In some countries knitting/crochet implements are allowed (e.g. Canada) in some totally forbidden (e.g. Australia) in many it seems like it's next to impossible to find out (e.g. Poland. Still don't know if my size 5 bamboo DPNs were allowed, but no one took them away from me.)

Circular pendant cutters are explicitly forbidden as carry-ons by the TSA. Like any other non-allowed item, whether they will actually find it and take it away is a crapshoot:

"Most of the items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside. These items cannot be taken through a security checkpoint. They must go in your checked baggage."

(http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm)

I generally carry on nail clippers, which are permitted, cut yarn nicely, and can also trim annoying hangnails.




wow. They know about those, eh? I thought they were rather obscure. There's no way they could hurt anyone, I don't think... Ok, i'll get some nail clippers. Sheesh, we have beome so paranoid!
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jaymeKnits
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USA
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Posted - 07/22/2009 :  03:30:33 AM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For cutting yarn on planes I use an old pair of nail cutters. If I'm knitting socks or lace though I just break the yarn. I do that even when I have scissors available.

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creeko
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Posted - 07/22/2009 :  10:36:46 AM  Show Profile Send creeko a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My mom uses a floss container to cut yarn and thread. Nail clippers would work too!
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Wen
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Australia
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Posted - 07/22/2009 :  6:27:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bethany

If it's a domestic flight, or an international fight on a US carrier originating in the US, they'll do exactly the same thing they'll do if you carry on tiny, ultra-pointy steel sock needles.

Absolutely nothing. They're allowed items.

On a flight (or any leg thereof) that originates internationally, what would happen depends on the country. In some countries knitting/crochet implements are allowed (e.g. Canada) in some totally forbidden (e.g. Australia) in many it seems like it's next to impossible to find out (e.g. Poland. Still don't know if my size 5 bamboo DPNs were allowed, but no one took them away from me.)

Circular pendant cutters are explicitly forbidden as carry-ons by the TSA. Like any other non-allowed item, whether they will actually find it and take it away is a crapshoot:

"Most of the items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside. These items cannot be taken through a security checkpoint. They must go in your checked baggage."

(http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm)

I generally carry on nail clippers, which are permitted, cut yarn nicely, and can also trim annoying hangnails.



In Australia you are allowed pendant cutters, bamboo, timber or plastic crochet hooks. Nothing with a point is allowed which is why all knitting needles are banned.

Wen


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sribas@dgmnet.com.br
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Brazil
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Posted - 07/23/2009 :  06:20:46 AM  Show Profile Send sribas@dgmnet.com.br a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi everybody,
If someone is coming to Brazil DON'T carry your crochet hooks or knitting needles in your carry-on bags, they don't permit it.I had one crochet hook confiscated allready. If you are coming back to the same airport they keep it for you and you can get it back when you return, otherwise you loose your needles.
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lavenderandpurl
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USA
8 Posts

Posted - 07/26/2009 :  07:03:56 AM  Show Profile Send lavenderandpurl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It may also depend on the airlines. We've had a lot of differences in weight limits between domestic and international airlines, even on the same itinerary to the same destination. As with weight limits, you might have to check the security regulations for each airline you're using. I'm sorry that they took your needles away! How disappointing!
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cranky hanako
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USA
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Posted - 08/05/2009 :  10:09:22 AM  Show Profile Send cranky hanako a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just took North West Air Line traveling within the US. I wanted to knit in the plane, so I asked a lady at the counter if I could do so. She said that there is no problem. So, I took a whole sets of needles and crochet into th e plane. I had a great time not worrying about if I was allowed to carry them in or not!
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Mocha
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Singapore
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  02:19:31 AM  Show Profile Send Mocha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wen, my mom had her crochet hook confiscated and disposed by the 'ever helpful' Qantas staff. That was before 911.
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deedee57
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USA
11 Posts

Posted - 08/06/2009 :  11:25:13 AM  Show Profile Send deedee57 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
JetBlue and Delta allow knitting needles. On my last trip, two projects -- Denise's knitting needles.
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lucienh
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Posted - 08/07/2009 :  11:33:00 AM  Show Profile Send lucienh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've never had a problem with knitting needles on a plane, but last trip they confiscated two jars of my sister-in-law's incredible apricot jam. Afraid of glass? Afraid that I'd mix the apricot jam with the 3-oz tube of toothpaste and make a bomb? It's a sad world we live in.

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Patti Jean
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Posted - 08/09/2009 :  6:49:53 PM  Show Profile Send Patti Jean a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We just returned from a vacation out west in which we flew from Columbus, OH to Salt Lake City,UT and then flew from Denver international back to Columbus. I carried my knitpicks options w/ mot problem. We were on Northwest/Delta. Ironically, on one of the flights, my son got one of the snack packs they sell. One of the items was a little Tube of hummus. The instructions to open had a picure of a pair of scissors. I think someone did not think about that one.

Pat
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Wen
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Australia
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Posted - 08/10/2009 :  8:13:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mocha

Wen, my mom had her crochet hook confiscated and disposed by the 'ever helpful' Qantas staff. That was before 911.



The information I had was from a flight a friend took to NZ in 2008, she checked the law (in both countries before travelling) and was told a bamboo hook was fine as it did not have a point.

Wen


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Laxmom4x
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Posted - 08/17/2009 :  03:15:13 AM  Show Profile Send Laxmom4x a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just flew to and from FL with only carry-on, and brought my knitting. Even though I know TSA would allow needles I brought a duplicate wood circular, and some cheap yarn. I had heard it really depended on the whim of the person checking you through whether it would be okay or not. I had no problems. Neither did the woman across from me with size 10 metal needles. And yes, my nail clipper worked just fine for cutting.

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mokey
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Posted - 08/17/2009 :  1:48:02 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Within the past two weeks I've flown out of Toronto, Seattle and Edmonton. My bag full of circular needles was no problem but mu husband's manicure set was confiscated.

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maidenengland
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Posted - 09/04/2009 :  03:16:22 AM  Show Profile Send maidenengland a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In Europe, well to and from the UK, all knitting needles must be in the hold baggage. Quote:
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In addition to the list of dangerous items prohibited for carriage in baggage, the UK Department of Transport, Local Government and Regions (DTLR) has prohibited the following articles from being carried onboard as cabin baggage:

Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal), catapults, household cutlery, knives with blades of any length, paper knives, razor blades, tradesmenís tools, darts, scissors, tweezers, hypodermic syringes (unless a genuine medical need can be proven), knitting needles, sporting bats, billiard, snooker or pool cues.
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This makes me very grumpy! They allow you to take duty free bottles on board, so anyone who wanted could just bash two bottles together and, bang, two instant weapons.

My nail clippers were taken off me on one flight, but they relented and only cut off the nail file extension, so I still have the working bit.

Carol


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