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Old 05-21-2007, 02:30 PM   #1
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Needles on Airplanes, I'm scared to do it
I'm taking a lovely 4+ hour flight to see my family over Memorial weekend. I been reading threads on the TSA security, and went to my airline (Southwest) and checked their rules, and that lead to the TSA site where it says it's okay to take them on, etc.

But part of me is afraid to do it, because I'm fearful they are going to be taken away. I'm wanting to take my Options but I'm fearful because they are so sharp they'll be taken away. I only have one small pair of plastic, and 3 wooden pairs, and the rest are metal.

I read someone said that putting the rubber end caps on may seem as a way of making them look less like a weapon. And then of course the self addressed stamped envelope. I'm just afraid because it's my first time, and well, I won't have any baggage to check should they get taken away!
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:40 PM   #2
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i used to work for tsa (until i had my dd, now i stay home) i know they are okay. i would reccomend pulling them out of your carry on bag, lay them flat for the xray. this will make them easy to see. they may still want to open it up and physically look at them though. i would probably have at least one of your options circ put together and in use so they can see that they really are knitting needles. trust me, they are ok.
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:40 PM   #3
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First, exhibit no fear. It isn't as though you're trying to hide something. Don't point them out to security. Don't ask, "is it ok if I bring these with me?" You've done your homework. If you are denied (which can happen at any airport at any time,) there's a Checkpoint Mailers kiosk at your airport.
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:43 PM   #4
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I wouldn't make a big deal about it. Worst case, they tell you to mail them home.
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:44 PM   #5
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It's not a problem. I flew in February - with a project - and no one said anything. I took something that wouldn't require scissors or anything other than the circular needles being used - the rest of my "stuff" was checked!
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I get a magazine called Yarn Market News - it is really for people that own a LYS so I do not know how I got the subscription - but I just got a new issue on Friday and there was an article in there about bringing needles on a plane. I will check tonight when I get home but it seems that there was a new ruling last month that said metal needles and circulars over 32 inches were not allowed. I will post the quote when I get home.

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Old 05-21-2007, 03:05 PM   #7
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They're still allowed according to the TSA's website:

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm
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I felt the same way about taking needles on a plane a few weeks ago, but I finally just sucked it up and tried it. I had a shawl going on Inox grey circulars, and I put it in a plastic zip bag and put that in my work bag and didn't say a word to security about it, and they didn't say a word to me about it. In fact, when flying home, they checked inside my purse, but not the bag with the knitting. And then I got to the gate and there was a woman sitting there with long straights. I'm pretty convinced that there's no reason to worry, now.
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[quote=Sanibelle;859393]I get a magazine called Yarn Market News - it is really for people that own a LYS so I do not know how I got the subscription - but I just got a new issue on Friday and there was an article in there about bringing needles on a plane. I will check tonight when I get home but it seems that there was a new ruling last month that said metal needles and circulars over 32 inches were not allowed. I will post the quote when I get home.


I would really appreciate knowing if this is a new rule. I travel all the time with metals and long circulars and haven't yet had a problem but there's always a first time.
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I checked the TSA website - here is the quote from their web page:

Transporting Knitting Needles & Needlepoint

Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage. However, there is a possibility that the needles can be perceived as a possible weapon by one of our Security Officers. Our Security Officers have the authority to determine if an item could be used as a weapon and may not allow said item to pass through security. We recommend the following when bring knitting needles on an airplane:
  • Circular knitting needles are recommended to be less than 31 inches in total length
  • We recommend that the needles be made of bamboo or plastic (Not Metal)
  • Scissors must have blunt points
  • In case a Security Officer does not allow your knitting tools through security it is recommended that you carry a self addressed envelope so that you can mail your tools back to yourself as opposed to surrendering them at the security check point.
  • As a precautionary measure we recommend that you carry a crochet hook with yarn to save the work you have already done in case your knitting tools are surrendered at the checkpoint
Most of the items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside. These items cannot be taken through a security checkpoint. They must go in your checked baggage.

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