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.
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.
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:
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.