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IrishKnitter
06-27-2007, 01:52 AM
Hi everybody,

I've recently flown within the US with my knitting with absolutely no problem. However, I'm flying to Europe next month, and I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with international flights. Has anyone tried to take their knitting needles with them recently?

Thanks in advance for any input! :thumbsup:

Debbie
06-27-2007, 03:51 AM
I just got back from Denmark and knitted all the way there and back. I "checked" my options and used bamboo circs to knit while on the planes. I love airplane knitting ... it makes the time go so quickly!

AmandaC
06-27-2007, 03:54 AM
I'm not allowed ..... :pout: they won't let them through security :verysad: that's London Heathrow.

catownedanna
06-27-2007, 05:08 AM
This post's Swedish word/phrase: "det är inte tillåtet att sticka på svenska flyg" = "Knitting is not allowed on Swedish flights"
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I tried bringing my knitting on a plane flying domestic in Sweden in November last year but was denied. I had to change planes in Arlanda (Stockholm) and saw two women knitting while waiting for the same plane as I did... :shrug: :grrr:

I've heard that the standard is to not let knitting on board. Maybe these women were better looking than I am? Or had understanding women checking them through security? :shrug: :teehee:

ironmaiden
06-27-2007, 08:14 AM
What about plastic needles? I don't see how those could be seen as any more dangerous than a ball point pen...

Josie
06-27-2007, 08:21 AM
I recently flew to Spain (through France). I was allowed to take the needles on the way there (both legs of the flight), but not allowed to have them on the return flight. Not sure why, but knitting needles were specifically disallowed in a list on a sticker when we checked in for our return flight in Madrid. Just keep your baggage that you're planning to check with you until you find out -- that way you can stash them quickly if you need to!!

bajanKnit
06-27-2007, 12:50 PM
I am travelling to the UK next week and i would die if i have to sit on a plane for 8 hours and not be able to knit maybe i should call the airline and ask ? yeah i think i'll call May be you can try doing that as well or checking they website..

zkimom
06-27-2007, 08:27 PM
I am travelling to the UK next week and i would die if i have to sit on a plane for 8 hours and not be able to knit maybe i should call the airline and ask ? yeah i think i'll call May be you can try doing that as well or checking they website..

I wouldn't risk it if you are travelling to the UK. I travelled through there in April and they are very tough on security regulations. Just in case no one has told you, they will only allow ONE carry one bag. ONE. Not a bag and a purse. Just ONE bag. If you are carrying a bag and a purse they will make you put your purse in your carry on bag or they will have you check one bag. It's a pain in the behind but that's what they want and you can't talk your way past that.

AmandaC says they don't allow knitting needles and after my experience trying to get through with more than one carry-on (most other places allow you two carry on bags) I would take her word for it.

Best,
Susan

ADAllen
06-27-2007, 10:39 PM
I just got back from Europe last week and they let me take my needles out of the US in to Amsterdam, from Paris to Spain, and out of Spain back to the US. I had wooden needles and a small pair of children's scissors that had a rounded tips. I didn't have any problems at all. I would recommend looking over the regulations of the airlines you will be using. I was able to find all of that information on the websites of our airlines. I would also take a stitch holder along just in case your needles are confiscated.

bah
06-27-2007, 10:46 PM
I knit going from Japan to the US, then from Japan to Guam (yes, still part of the US) and next week will be taking my knitting from Japan to Australia. I take it and worry about it then. If you don't make a big deal about it, usually neither will they, but it all depends on the individuals at the security areas.

Castle
06-28-2007, 06:57 AM
I've had no problem bringing plastic Denise Interchangables onto flights between US and New Zealand. The problem I've had is that traveling with 2 kids under 3 made knitting impossible!

ironmaiden
06-28-2007, 09:23 AM
I've had no problem bringing plastic Denise Interchangables onto flights between US and New Zealand. The problem I've had is that traveling with 2 kids under 3 made knitting impossible!

That's what I was thinking - the Denises. I can sort of see how pointy metal needles might worry security lol.

dharmakitty
06-29-2007, 10:40 PM
I'm glad I came across this thread. We are flying to London and then to Paris next week. I was going to bring my Denise needles and a small project. But now I am reconsidering because I would hate for my Denise needles to be confiscated. I wasn't planning on checking my bag. I'm purposely packing extremely light so I don't have to check anything. I would hate to have to get out of the secuity line and go back to the ticket desk.

Has anyone ever brought along an envelope with prepaid postage so you could just mail them home to yourself? Is there a mail box somewhere in the airport?

I guess I could just knit some socks. That way if they confiscate my bamboo needles, it wouldn't be as painful. But I was hoping to knit a tea cozy instead.

I know, I know, my life is so hard.

Knit1Drop1
06-30-2007, 12:57 AM
Has anyone ever brought along an envelope with prepaid postage so you could just mail them home to yourself? Is there a mail box somewhere in the airport?

I have not done this but my mother did. They confiscated a pair of scissors when she went through. I believe the mail drop off for such things is near the security check.

bajanKnit
06-30-2007, 02:42 PM
I contacted the airline I will be travelling to london on British Airways and they don't allow any type of needle onboard so i guess knitting is out of the question.. what will I do for 8 hours :cry:

ADAllen
06-30-2007, 03:47 PM
That's no fun, but I suppose there are all those knitting books (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/showthread.php?t=60253&highlight=books).

lilyofforce
07-01-2007, 10:32 PM
Hi! I recently flew to and from Spain with two pairs of needles and a big project, and had no problems whatsoever. TSA does say that needles could be seen as a threat, and that bamboo/plastic are preferred over metal.

Happy travels!

Doodknitwit
07-01-2007, 11:32 PM
i fly with Denise always!! no hassles check with the airline website!!

zip
07-02-2007, 09:18 PM
Regardless of what the individual airlines state, regardless of what others' experiences have been, always remember that (1) things can change in one day, (2) getting through with ANYTHING depends entirely upon the security person you draw, and (3) you'll get through more quickly if you act as though you fly everyday and don't draw attention to yourself.

Once, I was behind two women in the security line, one of whom loudly and pointedly asked a member of security, "my friend crochets. Can she take her needle on board?" I did the Napoleon Dynamite "idiot!" under my breath. :rofling:

babylee
07-02-2007, 11:57 PM
hi all,

I travel a lot domestically in Australia and always take my Denise's with me. I have called the airline who said I can't take them, but I have never had a problem with them...no one in security has even questioned them.

I do take an envelope with me in case I need to mail them to myself, but this has never happened. I usually take the needles off the cord and put them with my pens.

Also, I have taken them from Australia to New Zealand without any trouble.

Cheers,
Abby

dharmakitty
07-23-2007, 08:20 AM
Just to give an update about my recent experience flying through Heathrow...

I decided to go ahead and take the moebius wrap I've been working on with my Denise needles. I took the needles off the ends of the cables and put those end cap things on instead. Then I put the separated needles into my purse right next to my pens. My purse was stuffed into my carry on bag because Heathrow only allows one carry on and your purse counts. But it was seperate in the bag from my knitting.

I had no problems whatsoever, both when I flew into Heathrow fro the US and went through Security in order to connect to my flight on a different airline to go on to Paris, and when I went through Security at Heathrow in order to go home.

I only brought the pair of needles I needed for that particular project, not the whole set. I was prepared to lose those needles if I had to. I figured if I did, I'd just order another set of size 10 tips from the company. I was also prepared to try to argue that they were my personal set of chopsticks :drool:, but thankfully I didn't have to go there.

Now, I did snap two of my cables while working on my project but I think that's because Denise needles are really not the best thing to use for a moebius wrap. The yarn kept getting stuck on the connectors and I'd have to push it hard to get it to move around (and I'm a very loose knitter too!).

I would definitely bring my knitting on another international flight, but I'll use my Denise needles and I'll disconnect the tips and carry them in my purse.

Sarahc409
07-23-2007, 01:51 PM
I'm travelling next month also and had the same questions. I will be working on socks with my bamboo needles. My question is, would it be so wrong to place the needles in my bag when they could blend in with my pencils (for example) and not say anything about having them?

scout52
07-25-2007, 05:12 PM
I traveled to dubai and i went with bamboo needles. i was fine. their security is pretty tough. i think everyone but UK allows needles (except metal)

wezyus
01-13-2009, 04:59 AM
i was travelling to UK from Mauritius in Oct 08, at checking point they throw all my metal crochets in bin but they didnt noticed the plastic needles which was wrapped together with thee yarning balls

thecatsmother
01-13-2009, 10:19 AM
To get to any international flights I have to go via Toronto and the local flight won't allow any needles they have it listed along with the other banned items.I once took a crochet project with a plastic hook-I had the hook in my purse in the pen holder,so I'm not sure if they just didn't notice or it's allowed...I didn't ask 'cos my motto when dealing with security is keep your mouth shut.

MoniDew
01-13-2009, 01:51 PM
went from US to Mexico and back, bamboo needles, no problems.

Perhaps the "mood swings" in whether or not needles are allowed has something to do with the perceived "threat level"? It was "orange" when I went....

Abbily
01-14-2009, 01:40 PM
I flew from Austin, TX to Baltimore, MD last week with 2 socks on a metal circ, a set of 5 metal dpns (options- they're sharp!) and a tiny swiss army knife. When my bag went through x-ray they stopped me and searched it, but when I explained that they were knitting needles, and showed the guy the socks in progress and the patterns, he was fine with it. He was even joking with me. That was in Austin. On my return trip, I very stupidly tried to carry on a snow globe. DUH, it had more than 3oz of water in it. So, I had to go find a way to stuff it in my suitcase (which involved my friend stuffing a bunch of my clothes into her backpack!) and check my suitcase, then I had to go BACK through TSA. No-one said anything about my needles either time I went through TSA in Baltimore.

I realize that had nothing to do with international flights, but I thought it might be helpful to someone anyway. :)

drTortoise
01-15-2009, 06:22 PM
I recently flew from England to Norway (and back again), I spoke to the security at check-in asking if was allowed to bring knitting needles, and they said it was OK, even metal ones.

swcheng15
01-15-2009, 06:50 PM
I just came back from Hong Kong and China, but didn't bring my needles (my grandmother's needles and steel). They allow steel crochet hooks though, which is what I brought instead. When I checked the TSA (airport security) website, they said knitting needles are allowed if they are bamboo/wood or plastic. Since it's TSA in the states, I'm assuming you can get through security if the kneedles are plastic/wood. But coming back, there's a different set of rules for that contry. Try to find out on the web.

pinksugar
07-20-2009, 01:45 AM
hello all, I just saw this thread when I was searching google on this topic and thought I'd join up to pass on what I just learnt.

I'm going from Australia to Italy with Singapore airlines.

Aussie regulations are some of the strictest in the world, so I called my airline to double check whether bamboo needles were allowed, and they said no, because they're still sharp.

I'm sure I could have smuggled them on board in my luggage but I don't want to risk losing my expensive, pretty needles!

so just a warning that travelling out of australia, metal, plastic OR bamboo needles are not allowed in carry on luggage.

it's very uncool! :(

Lisa R.
07-22-2009, 10:46 PM
I'm travelling next month also and had the same questions. I will be working on socks with my bamboo needles. My question is, would it be so wrong to place the needles in my bag when they could blend in with my pencils (for example) and not say anything about having them?

I wouldn't say anything about them anyway...why invite closer inspection? If they don't catch it on the x-ray and ask you about them, that's their issue, IMHO.

Anarfea
07-28-2009, 02:00 PM
Hmmm... I'm interested that people are saying that you can't bring knitting needles on board in the UK--Since I knit on a flight from Budapest to London Luton a few weeks ago. I had a lace project on interchangable circs, (wood) and I disconnected the needle tips and put them in a pocket of my purse. No one said anything to me.

I also knit on a transatlantic flight from New York to Budapest, on bamboo DPNs, without any trouble. I would say try to get your needles on board, but don't bring your 14 inch aluminum straights, and don't bring a whole set of needles or your most expensive ones in case of confiscation.