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Knitting on airplanes

March 10th, 2010 · 24 Comments · How To Knit Stitches

Yeah, yeah, they’re boosting security again. What does this mean for our knitting?


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  • 1 Luvfactory // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Can I take my knitting on airplanes or would they consider it dangerous?
    Plastic knitting needles only, I don’t think they are any sharper than the plastic forks and knives they hand out on planes at mealtimes. What do you think?

  • 2 fosyfos // Mar 10, 2010 at

    No they are not allowed
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  • 3 tigerfly // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Yes they are dangerous, you will have them confiscated if you try to pass though security with them in your hand luggage. You could also be pulled aside and interviewed. Knitting needles can be used as a weapon – your could kill someone instantly my ramming it into the cranium via a nostril, or stab someone in the temple. Metal knitting needles can also puncture the torso if propelled with enough force injuring the heart or lungs.
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  • 4 tickle me emo // Mar 10, 2010 at

    You could kill someone with a knitting needle – or at least have their eye out, so I sincerely doubt it
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  • 5 shooflydontbotherme123 // Mar 10, 2010 at

    best thing to do would be to declare them at security, but i’ve got a feeling they’ll say no.
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  • 6 nuk_su_kow // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Unlikely, I’d check with airline.
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  • 7 simon j // Mar 10, 2010 at

    No i wouldn’t risk it, security is so tight I’d advise you to put them in your bag to check in.
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  • 8 dizzi // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Ive had things like hair slides confiscated before because they were too sharp…… knitting needles definitely not!!!
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  • 9 k3m2d4 // Mar 10, 2010 at

    i have flown four times since January and i have taken my crochet needle on the plane every time. i had no problem at all, so i would say you won’t either. safe travels!
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  • 10 ArskElvis // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Yes you can take your knitting in the cabin, but you will have to leave the needles in your hold luggage.
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  • 11 des c // Mar 10, 2010 at

    You cannot take knitting needles on board.
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  • 12 PolarCeltic // Mar 10, 2010 at

    YES you can, both Knitting and Crochet needles, it is a recent change to the allowed items – check the TSA website to confirm.

    This applies in both the US and Canada, however in Europe they are still restricted items.

    Have a good trip
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  • 13 Franked // Mar 10, 2010 at

    You can only carry them in your checked baggage. No, they will not be accepted in your hand baggage or in your pocket. The plastic knives and forks for inflight service are excepted from airline security restrictions.
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  • 14 colglennlarson // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Absoultely NO KNITTING on aircraft…..they’re afraid you’ll make an Afghan.
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  • 15 ThereIsNoHope // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Damm! Colglenn beat me to it!
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  • 16 Worlds Biggest St Helens Fan // Mar 10, 2010 at

    they might consider it dangerous with them being pointed objects, so don’t run the risk of taking them on board with you
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  • 17 bogiebogie // Mar 10, 2010 at

    If you can or cannot take knitting needles in the cabin of an airplane depends on if you’re flying on a US carrier and whether or not the TSA agent thinks that your needles are a threat. The TSA guidelines say that knitting needles are allowed, but the guidelines can be overridden at any time by a TSA agent.

    To be safe, thread a lifeline through your work and pack an extra set of needles in your checked bag. Carry a self addressed stamped padded envelope. If you’re not allowed through security with your needles, you can take the knitting off of the needles (thank goodness for that lifeline) and mail them back to yourself. You can resume knitting when you reach your destination with the needles in your checked bag.

    I have taken knitting needles on US carriers. Typically I’m knitting socks on wooden DPNs or on metal circular needles. I have not been stopped or questioned about my knitting needles at a security checkpoint.
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  • 18 The Tank // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Take your knitting onto the aeroplane (not airplane) yes, but don’t try and take your knitting needles. They’ll be confiscated at security.
    Don’t try and compare them to the cutlery handed out in-flight. The important thing is what YOU take on board. The airline don’t know if your needles are ‘safe’ or contain other sharp objects or drugs.
    It’s the same consideration that prohibits you from taking liquids but you can buy them when you’re Airside.
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  • 19 FreakGirl // Mar 10, 2010 at

    I can see your reasoning and I think knitting on-flight would be good for a long-haul flight.

    however, will all the recent updating of security I very much doubt you will be allowed to take them in your hand luggage.

    Make-up isn’t even allowed with some airlines, so I doubt fairly sharp needles will…

    However, to make completely sure, you could ring the airline you are flying with or email them??

    Happy Flying! x
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  • 20 itsallaboutthehat // Mar 10, 2010 at

    I’ve knit in airports and on airplanes with plastic needles. The most recently I’ve done this was last December 2006. I don’t believe the rules have changed since them. I had them in my carry-on and I wasn’t stopped at security because of them. No problem at all!
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    personal experience

  • 21 MIKE // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Are you trying to kill everybody? Those things are weapons of mass destruction. TSA will give you a full cavity search if you try to smuggle those things on a plane. Way too dangerous for airplanes.
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    TSA full cavity search for dummies.

  • 22 Sylvia G // Mar 10, 2010 at

    I have never had a problem taking my needles on the plane. Only once was I asked to put them away just for the landind sequence. I have taken both metal and wood needles.

    TSA doesn’t categorize knitting needles as a prohibited sharp item. See list below.
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  • 23 eferrell01 // Mar 10, 2010 at

    You can take your knitting, but the needles are not allowed.
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  • 24 Wise Heart // Mar 10, 2010 at

    Depends on the airline and airport
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