Flying today and wanted to pass this on to you all.

Simpawknits's picture

I think someone may have posted this already but in case I ran into it elsewhere I thought I'd pass it along here. If you're flying in the USA on anything besides a broom or a strong cup of coffee, be sure to have a printed copy of the TSA's official webpage on knitting needles in your carry-on bag. I've not had to use it yet but I have it on me every time I fly.

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bobinthebul's picture

What a coincidence, I'm

What a coincidence, I'm sitting in Sea-Tac airport as I type, waiting for a British Airways flight to London and then Istanbul. So far I've flown Turkish Airlines, then American Airlines and now British and I haven't had any trouble. (I was half expecting trouble for the cast-iron griddle I'm carrying in my backpack but they were cool with that too.) But I have heard of people getting their needles taken away. I was so concerned about it at first that I only took my cheapo needles on the first flight, and ran a lifeline through all the stitches on the sock I was doing. Cause I HATE trying to pick up stitches on a sock, especially when it's in a pattern...

The idea of printing out a copy of the airline's regs is a great one!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Hope your flights home were

Hope your flights home were quiet and stress free. I like that idea of a lifeline - especially for a complex pattern. I'll have to remember that for travel, even if I'm not flying, as it is so blessed easy to lose stitches when you are on the go.

michaelpthompson's picture

Here's a clickable one. See,

Here's a clickable one. See, learning HTML wasn't a total waste after all.

As a travel agent, most of what I've heard is that you run into few, if any, problems traveling within or from the U.S., although as Joe says, one TSA agent in a bad mood can put the kibosh on that. It's traveling outside the U.S. that seem to be the most problematic for people. One person flying out of Turkey actually had her YARN confiscated. She had bought it at a local market. I guess they thought she was going to strangle somebody with it.

Met a lady in JoAnn yesterday (hey, my daughter wanted to buy a cloth remnant OK?), standing in the checkout line knitting a sock with US1 steel dpns. Said she had just been on a plane and flies regularly and has never had a problem, but it was all within the U.S.

Having the TSA regs should be a help, but you still have to present them politely and respectfully. Nothing sets off security people faster than belligerence. Airlines are allowed to have their own regs, but few are likely to be tighter than the TSA. I have heard of people being asked to put their knitting away by the flight attendant, even though the needles were allowed on the plane. Be nice if they talked to each other, wouldn't it?

superi's picture

I just flew from Dayton to

I just flew from Dayton to Vegas and back a few weeks ago with knitting in my carry on and didn't have a problem. I think its more when you travel internationally that you got to be more careful.

YarnGuy716's picture

I've not had any problems

I've not had any problems bringing a knitting project in my carry-on. Thought it is usually a sock on a set of wood needles. Plus I'm usually wearing hand knit sock and something else hand knit. Between that, the laptop and the cpap they just want to get me out of their hair. :-) Hopefully my luck holds out since I'm flying to Kalamazoo in 2 weeks for the Men's Mid-West Knitting Retreat.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Hope you have a nice trip.

Hope you have a nice trip. Good idea to have the printout but I still think it boils down to what your carrier - and any one TSA agent - decides is allowed.

AKQGuy's picture

Thanks for the information.

Thanks for the information. Hope your travels are enjoyable.

Simpawknits's picture

Dang it! The link didn't

Dang it! The link didn't work. Here it is in text so you can copy and paste.

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm