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Old 01-05-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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can I bring knitting on an airplane?
I will be flying to Cancun on Sunday, and want to bring some knitting with me. It used to be that one couldn't have sharp objects of any kind on an aircraft, but I thought I heard that knitting is now allowed....but not tiny, pointed-end scissors? Anyone have any difficulty flying with their knitting?
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:01 PM   #2
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I always take knitting on airplanes both within the US and international flights. At least circular needles are not a problem.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:37 PM   #3
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It my be different flying internationally, but it's fine domestically. I always bring my knitting. I take just what I need on the plane, my project on waste yarn and put the rest in my checked bag in case there is an overzealous TSA agent then I wouldn't lose everything.
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...rial_1252.shtm

I've heard of a few cases where it confiscated in London and I think one other eastern European country which I can't remember.
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A friend of mine just flew from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to LA, California USA and brought her knitting. Shes using straight needles to knit a scarf. She had no issues.
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I have always brought my knitting and have never had a problem until last time. The last time we flew the security men spent 20 minutes discussing if the needles were ok...they came to the conclusion that they were fine LOL.

I always bring cheaper needles so if I have to they can keep the needles and I can save the project. So far it's never happened though.
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I read online today that I should bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope with me, in case I have to mail back my needles, or even my knitting. I might just do this. Clever idea!
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Flying to Mexico is not the same as flying within the US. Check your airlines website for what's allowed; sometimes plastic or wood circs might be, but not metal needles. This is for carryon, for checked luggage any kind would be okay.
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I read online today that I should bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope with me, in case I have to mail back my needles, or even my knitting. I might just do this. Clever idea!
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Thank you guys so much for the information! I'm actually going to be flying next week, so I was really curious about this. I'll definitely take care to bring an envelope, as well as print out the page that was linked.
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The last time I flew, I brought knitting with no problems. Really helped speed up the trip, too.

When I flew home, I found I'd left my knitting bag in the rental car.
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I read online today that I should bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope with me, in case I have to mail back my needles, or even my knitting. I might just do this. Clever idea!
Clever yes, but if the airport can't/won't send them back it won't do you any good. I did that the first time I flew with them and I mentioned that I had it just in case. They looked at me funny and said they don't have a mailbox. Huh.
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