Airline Travel Info for Knitterscomments (11) February 9th, 2009
Planning your vacation and wondering if you can get your knitting needles through airport security? Yes you can with a few caveats. Over the past year, I've had no problems with my knitting paraphernalia traveling around the US. In Paris, they throughly searched my knitting bag and waved me through intact. In London, officers searched and seized all my newly purchaed Addi Turbo needles but let me keep the bamboo DPN's! This was disturbing since I was a two inches into my first two socks at a time Magic Loop project and had to put all the hard won stitches on holders! Rats!
According to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) policy, knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage. However, there is a chance that needles can be perceived as a possible weapon by a TSA Security Officer. Officers have the authority to determine if an item could be used as a weapon and may not allow it to pass through security. That means they will take them away from you, never to be seen again!
Here is what TSA suggests when bring knitting needles on an airplane:
- Circular knitting needles are recommended to be less than 31 inches in total length
They recommend that the needles be made of bamboo or plastic (Not metal (like Addi Turbo needles)
- Scissors must have blunt points
- In case a Security Officer does not allow your knitting tools through security, they 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.
- Most of the items for your knitting 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. They will be fine in your checked baggage.
If you are traveling internationally, check with the airline you are flying for more information. If you are like me, flying is knitting nirvanna so you want to be certain that you will not be left without the tools to work on your project.