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Old 12-30-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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Would you take ALL of your knitting needles on a plane...

in your carry on? I'm going to be flying cross country in two weeks to visit a friend and she wants to learn how to knit. I'm contemplating bringing my Addis (a full Click set as well as a full set of Addi 16" circs and some smaller needles plus my DPNs) with since I'm not really sure what I will need.

DH thinks that I shouldn't risk taking them on the plane and I should mail them down instead.

What would you do? Mail or bring them with? Technically the airline says knitting needles are okay, but it also says that it is up to the individual security guard's opinion too. The thought of losing all of my needles makes me scared

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Old 12-30-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
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Re: Would you take ALL of your knitting needles on a plane...

I'd go to the airport early and have whoever is taking you wait in the waiting parking lot. Idk if you do, but ours has a free lot area for pick ups. Then if they say you can't take them have your ride come back to the drop off and run them out so they can mail them for you. Sounds like a pain in the butt, but its better then losing hundreds in knitting equipment.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:36 PM   #3
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Re: Would you take ALL of your knitting needles on a plane...

I would be terrified to take all my needles! When first learning I found it easiest to learn on wood. So maybe you can buy her a few cheap bamboo ones that you can use while down there and then gift her. Otherwise I'm not even sure I would let someone else use my favorite needles but maybe I'm stingy and too attached
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Yeah I don't know what the rules are now but before you couldn't bring them in a carry on.


I agree just buy some bamboo ones and you'll be set

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Re: Would you take ALL of your knitting needles on a plane...

My MIL travels internationally every year (lucky her!) and they have always let her travel with her metal needles! We always laugh at how weird it is that she's allowed to do this but you can't take a bottle of water!
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I've flown a few times, but over 2 years ago and was allowed to take knitting needles. They were always circular needles, but different lengths.
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No way would I risk it. I'd just mail it. Way cheaper than having to replace them all if someone decides you can't have them.

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I'd go to the airport early and have whoever is taking you wait in the waiting parking lot. Idk if you do, but ours has a free lot area for pick ups. Then if they say you can't take them have your ride come back to the drop off and run them out so they can mail them for you. Sounds like a pain in the butt, but its better then losing hundreds in knitting equipment.
I'm taking myself Maybe I'll just mail them to be on the safe side.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:35 PM   #9
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Don't risk it. According to FAA you can take them no problem but the reality of it is that it will depend on the screener when you go through security.

I just went on vacation and had a set of size 5&7 16" Circs and a
Size 7, 12" circ along with 2 size 7 dpns (all knitting needles were metal), a size 5.5 metal crochet hook and a size 7 bamboo hook and two pair of scissors with 2-3" length one round tip one sharper tip.

On my flight out of my hometown I passed through no prob. The only item questionable would have been the one pair of scissors that probably should have been left. They didn't even question them. Coming home the screener took the one pair of scissors, both dpns and the metal crochet hook.

Not really any rhyme nor reason to why he took those and not the others but he did. They were all cheap Walmart needles and hooks so I didn't make a fuss but I would carry only what you will need with you and put the rest in your checked baggage.

I was well within TSA guidelines with everything I had as I explicitly checked before hand, but I wasn't going to make a stink over knitting needles. It it had been Addis that had been taken I would have been upset but still not worth making a stink over.

ETA: my flights were on December 10 and 17, so just a few weeks ago.

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