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Old 02-14-2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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flying with knitting needles update
Just got a phone call from my pissed off friend, who had flown from Chicago to Utah. She took her Boye Balene knitting needles in her carry on bag. She brought dpns and circulars, just in case they took one, she'd have the other-- she was knitting socks and likes both dpns and magic loop. They are cheap, so having them taken wouldn't make her nuts, and they are slightly flexible, so not the more dangerous looking metal or solid wood. The socks were partially knit and she had the instructions with her. It was clear she was actually knitting socks. They wouldn't let her take any knitting needles in her carry on, they took both the circs and the dpns from her. P.S.: she is very calm and professional looking, is well educated and comes across that way-- there was nothing to make anyone suspicious.

She went to a her LYS's knitting circle this morning and shared her story-- and another woman there said the same thing happened going from Boston to Philadelphia last week. These are not international flights. Flyers, beware: it sounds like the odds of getting your needles taken, no matter what kind or what your destination, is getting a lot higher.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:21 PM   #2
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In this part of the world - UK - taking knitting needles in your carry-on luggage is a definite no-no. Security, especially at the airports in Northern Ireland, where I live, is very strict. I did manage to take on bamboo needles on one flight as those don't show up on x-ray.

Have you ever tried finger knitting? No need for any needles with that!

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Old 02-14-2010, 10:55 PM   #3
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Interesting because this is the offical word from the TSA.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:45 PM   #4
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I know, this is my point. No matter what the official word or what anyone tells you, they may take them.
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I spoke with an acquaintance at TSA about this as we are planning on a trip at Spring Break and I was told that it depends on the ignorance of the TSA agent at the terminal and time you fly. She told me that there had been a dust up of sorts at the Philadelphia air port last year when a woman sat next to another woman on a flight who was knitting. The lady demanded, upon landing, on speaking to a TSA supervisor. She demanded they send her needles (no idea what kind, but they had to be nice) sent to her at the agent's expense. She said she figured that way that agent would know the rules from now on and how to do her job.

I had to laugh when she told the story because it sounds like something my grandmother would have done.
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:52 AM   #6
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Can you still pack your knitting in luggage you check? I understand carry on to a point, but still....
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Ya know, I would print that page off of the TSA website and throw it in their faces (not literally because they've got a crappy job/are just trying to do their jobs which is to protect you while you are in a tin can 35K miles above the Earth/they're human beings too) to prove to them that, although knitting is an addiction, it's still harmless... relatively. Some of them probably do not receive the proper training and/or are excessively protective.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:32 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post
Ya know, I would print that page off of the TSA website and throw it in their faces (not literally because they've got a crappy job/are just trying to do their jobs which is to protect you while you are in a tin can 35K miles above the Earth/they're human beings too) to prove to them that, although knitting is an addiction, it's still harmless... relatively. Some of them probably do not receive the proper training and/or are excessively protective.
Indeed!!! I think printing off the TSA page is a great thing to do!!! I am a STUBBORN brat though :o)
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Having your knitting in your checked luggage is no problem.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:57 AM   #10
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Regardless what is posted on TSA website, it is still up to the individual inspector whether to allow or not. I don't think you'll get to far beyond pissing them off if you try to point out to them knitting needles are allowed.
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