flying with needles?

knit_knot_eat's picture

Are there any issues with security if you fly with your needles? I am working on socks which are on 2 metal circular size 1 needles. I will be flying internationally (US to Canada) and want to know if having them in my carry on bag would cause any problems.

michaelpthompson's picture

I've seen specific

I've seen specific permission to carry on knitting needles on the TSA site and on certain airlines, but security is never consistent or predictable. I recently was refused entry to the county courthouse with two metal needles. Not sharp at all, you'd be hard pressed to injure anyone with them, but the inspector didn't want to let them through, so I had to sit four hours in a courtroom without being able to knit. Guess maybe I should get some bamboo or plastic needles.

BTW, there was an episode of NCIS recently where knitting needles were used as a murder weapon. That publicity definitely won't help us carrying needles on airplanes.

RickeScott's picture

I recently flew from

I recently flew from Istanbul to Chicago to Omaha with metal and plastic knitting needles, my hand-held weaving loom and a 6" metal needle and a small metal scissors with blunt end and short blades - no problems on Turkish Airlines, United and American. Good luck! I sometimes think it all depends on who is manning the scanning machine.

AndrewNiehus's picture

I flew to Australia a year

I flew to Australia a year ago with both size 9 bamboo and metal needles and never had a problem.

Wonartist66's picture

So Sad to hear! Same as

So Sad to hear! Same as your, I was working on my 2 metal circular size 1 needles socks before two day from the traval to Korea,. I was worry also! I find out about the rule of metal needle, I decide to not to bring the metal needle. Because I dont what to buy another needle, yarn and socks i was working on.

What I did was, I transfer socks into Bamboo DPN..Less you can work DPN on the plane not working on anything. After get back from your trip, your can just put it back into the 2 metal circular, whatever you left knitting with DPN while on your trip. It is really easy just divided stitch from DPN (stitch your working on with DPN), in half and put it back into 2 metal circular. What is so hard about knitting with 2 metal circular? I don't understand.

If do not to do this you can just start another socks using DPN or buy bamboo circular.

Thor's picture

I have flown recently

I have flown recently (domestic) and have no trouble getting through security with my addi circular needles in my carry on project bags.

VTandPTguy's picture

From the TSA Website (

From the TSA Website ( http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm ):

Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage. However, there is a possibility that the needles can be perceived as a possible weapon by one of our Security Officers. Our Security Officers have the authority to determine if an item could be used as a weapon and may not allow said item to pass through security. We recommend the following when bring knitting needles on an airplane:

* Circular knitting needles are recommended to be less than 31 inches in total length
* We recommend that the needles be made of bamboo or plastic (Not Metal)
* Scissors must have blunt points
* In case a Security Officer does not allow your knitting tools through security it is 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 needed to pursue a Needlepoint 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. These items cannot be taken through a security checkpoint. They must go in your checked baggage.

knit_knot_eat's picture

Thanks. Looks like I should

Thanks. Looks like I should avoid taking the metal ones. Odds are they would take them from me (a 30 something man), and let them on no problem for Grandma.

Bill's picture

Bamboo needles should be

Bamboo needles should be OK...
I've been through security several times this month...and no problem...

knit_knot_eat's picture

But what about metal ones?

But what about metal ones? I don't have size 1 bamboo. I have no clue what I would do if I get to the airport and the confiscate my needles and socks.

gryffin2007's picture

If you decide to risk it,

If you decide to risk it, make sure you make yourself a "life-line" before you go to the airport. Run a scrap piece of yarn through your last row of knitting, that way, if they do take your needles, at least all of your hard work won't be lost. Also take along a self-addressed stamped envelope so you can drop you needles in the mail, should TSA want to confiscate them. It bites, I know - heaven knows a sharpened pencil or an ink pen would more likely be used as a weapon, but the TSA don't confiscate those.