I went on the TSA (Travel Security Administration) website and it has a list of things, and if those things can be carried on/checked. They said:
Knitting and Crochet Needles YES YES
But they didn't specify which kind? Well, i'll take your tip about going early in case i have to check my knitting. But i will be sad if i have to, that's valuable time that will be wasted!
We'll see what happens...I'll be sure to let you all know when i get back (October 7) what they said.
If anyone else has any clue or has flown with knitting lately, please let me know!! Thanks!!