Airline Security Tips for Knitters

One of my most favorite things about knitting is its portability. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have knitting to get me through delayed flights, transatlantic destinations, and long lines. In addition to thinking about what to knit on the plane, I also love to plan small projects for when I get to my destination. Like many others, I often pack many more projects than I will realistically need for the duration of the trip.

The reality is that many knitters are worried about their knitting needles getting confiscated before flying. Personally, I haven’t ever had a problem with taking my metal circular needles on domestic flights, even my entire case of Addi Interchangeable Needles.

Here are some tips for flying with your knitting.

The TSA says: “In general, knitting needles and hooks are permitted in carry-on luggage. Scissors with blades under four inches are allowed.” I highly recommend the Snip-its scissors. They have blades smaller than the recommended length, and they also fold up for easy storage.

Although your knitting needles shouldn’t be confiscated when flying domestically, these particular rules are subject to the interpretation of the particular TSA agent you encounter. If the TSA agent feels your materials are unsafe, there is a chance they will take them.

There is also a chance you be able to take the needles through security, but depending on what airline you choose, you may or may not be allowed to knit on the plane, or during takeoffs and landings.

It’s important to remember that the final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane. If you are concerned about losing a valuable set of needles, leave them at home, and either bring a substitute pair or plan to pick some up at your destination.

Another thing to keep in mind is that international airports and airlines can have different rules about knitting needles. Even if you were able to fly out of the country with your knitting needles, doesn’t mean you will be allowed to use them on your return trip. Please check the websites of the airport and airline you are using for their list of prohibited items.

Have you ever had an encounter when flying with your knitting? Share your story with us in the comments!

Useful links:
http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items#4
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/tools/3203561/1-25

August 19, 2015 by Oleya Pearsall
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