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71Bear
Chatty Knitter

USA
130 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2010 :  12:40:35 PM  Show Profile Send 71Bear a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just called US Airways I need to fly for business and wanted to knit on plane. They told me in no uncertain terms NO WAY

Anyone else heard this? I thought it had been cleared

Becky

"Works to support her new hobby of knitting and old hobby of mandolin playing"

NastiJ
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1287 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2010 :  12:57:07 PM  Show Profile Send NastiJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Got to the TSA website:
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm
Print that out and pack it with the needles. Print a second copy and carry it in your purse or pocket.

You can take them in your carry-on. Whether you can use them on the plane is entirely up to the airline, and it can vary from flight to flight - the flight attendants have the final say and it depends on THEIR comfort level. I've never had mine taken away on a domestic flight - but then, I've never asked anybody if I could. Just took them out and started knitting.

njg

Nancy J.

"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck
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Ceil
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USA
1699 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2010 :  3:59:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Where are you flying from/to? Going to Europe might make a difference.

Ceil

Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
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ClaireG
Seriously Hooked

601 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2010 :  10:44:53 AM  Show Profile Send ClaireG a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am a frequent flyer with US Airways and I never had a problem even after 9/11. I have not gone out of the country though. Where are you flying to?
Claire
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NutmegOwl
Gabber Extraordinaire

576 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2010 :  11:21:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been flying and knitting on domestic flights since the week after 9/11. Doesn't matter to TSA folks whether I tell them my stuff is in the carry-on or not - I have NEVER had them even cock an eyebrow. I've never asked anyone whether it's okay to knit on a plane or not, and no one has ever challenged it - on US Air or anywhere else.

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Nutmeg Owl
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Ceil
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USA
1699 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2010 :  1:00:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fwiw, if you are knitting socks, use bamboo needles. They look like really thin pencils in the Xray. Nobody argues with a pencil.

Ceil

Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
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martha1958
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Posted - 07/31/2010 :  06:07:23 AM  Show Profile Send martha1958 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just flew on US Air and didn't have a problem using #4 metal circular needles.

I fly a lot and have never had an issue with knitting on domestic flights. I don't think I would take needls on international flights. When I do fly I always carry a self-addressed, stamped envolope just in case TSA has a problem with the needles. This way I can send them home. I also carry extra needles in my checked baggage.
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DonnaH
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USA
3 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2014 :  06:56:26 AM  Show Profile Send DonnaH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Within the US http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/transporting-knitting-needles-and-needlepoint
And I'm flying tomorrow. So I'll bring a copy of this with me.
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One Stitch at a Time
Chatty Knitter

293 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2014 :  1:50:35 PM  Show Profile Send One Stitch at a Time a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It is not the airline but TSA that determines what is permissible to be brought onto a plane. I have never had a problem getting knitting needles through security and I have never been told that I can't knit while on the plane, during takeoff, landing or while inflight.

Hope this helps....
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Sloknitr
New Pal

USA
43 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2014 :  10:04:53 AM  Show Profile Send Sloknitr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
FYI - My friend was unable to take her knitting through security in Lisbon, Portugal last week. They have a convenient machine right there that allows you to purchase a padded envelope to mail your contraband home. She is sure it is a money making scheme, but be aware if you are flying out of Lisbon.
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