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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Knitting Needles on Board Airlines

Knitting = K  and or Knoles Log Cabin (a K destination I've blogged about)

I have plenty of pictures of real knitting needles, knitted projects and the like; but thought the squirrel knitting might put a smile on your face.  Knitting starts with K...our letter for the day.  There are lots of discussions about whether or not one can knit on a plane.  Though you read and hear constantly you can't, I have more times then I can count.  I've flown domestically, and international to Aruba and to Mexico.  I've taken several different types of knitting needles, be on the safe side I usually pack my good needles (like Turbo's) in my checked bag, just in case and only have back up needles in my carry on.  I've generally taken circulars or wooden needles and try to have them be some of the less sharp needles.  The ONLY time I was questioned was when I had a whole set of interchangeable needles with extra cords.  The cords caught the camera's attention and they had to be sure they weren't wires.  I demonstrated how they hooked to the needles.

That said, some airline's list they are permitted, others don't list them as ok or not.  AND my research on the subject indicates which country you're flying in or out of can also make the difference.  To be safe, don't take a pair of needles you'll be upset about losing if they're taken from you.  I've not yet decided if I'll try to take any during my flight to Spain, as I've not flown on Ibera Airlines before.

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  1. I don't do knitting..but i crochet a lot... Now the questio... Are crochet needles permitted on board?

    1. Yes...I've never had anyone question a crochet hook.

  2. I saw a woman knitting. Frankly, I was surprised that knitting needles were allowed -- couldn't they be used to stab someone in the eye or in the back? Yet my folding sewing scissors with a 3/4" blade in one of those emergency sewing kits were confiscated. I don't get it. But knit on!
    Visiting from A to Z ~
    Wendy at Jollett Etc.

    1. Right you are, they could be a weapon. The inconsistencies are weird. I read where you can take up to a 6 inch pair of scissors....really?

  3. I wish I knew how to knit. I'm so thankful for the advent of Etsy. I met a woman who makes the most amazing things and I buy something from her a couple times a year :)

  4. Oops hit some button and I disappeared...
    Great to find your blog - I must try this next time I'm flying ... a friend has travelled in Europe with wooden needles, but only used a small piece of work, rather than a large piece in progress in case they confiscated them ... but she got away with it.
    It alls seems to be at the discretion of whoever is checking you in ..
    Fil at Fil's Place - Old songs and Memories

  5. I am shocked they allow knitting needles on planes. I don't fly anywhere anymore. My husband had a small nail clipper with a knife less than 1 inch confiscated once. I think the guy searching his bag just wanted to keep it for himself.

  6. I have had no problems with any of my knitting needles. I have taken them both domestic and international, but generally flying in and out of the USA and UK or France. I likely will not take any metal ones to Mongolia via South Korea, just to be on the safe size. As to scissors, they have been fine with the blunt ended children's scissors, they work great for yarn and embroidery!

  7. Visiting from A/Z; that squirrel knitting did give me a smile! I would think they wound consider a knitting needle being a weapon and not allowed, so it is good to see that for the most part they are okay on airlines.

    Enjoy the rest of the challenge!


  8. Your blog is awesome! I can see I'll be visiting often. :)
    Sometimes I wonder if the rules about what's allowed on a plane are subject to the mood of the security agent! But it's good to know that I can knit on a plane if I want to, even though my knitting skills are somewhat rusty right now.

  9. Thank you all for the visits, and sweet comments, looking forward to visiting you all back.

  10. Hahahaha! I love the knitting squirrell. I don't knit, but I can totally see where someone might worry about knitting needles on a plane. I mean, those buggers could be used offensively if there a heavy grade set. =)

  11. I can't knit. I keep trying, but it is not the craft for me. I wish I could and had to worry about this!

  12. If everyone on a plane was knitting, air travel would be a much more zen, way less tense and stressful experience!

  13. I liked the picture of the squirrel knitting. It did indeed bring a smile to my face. I look forward to more of your posts, especially the travel destinations. After the A to Z Challenge, I will need a holiday.

  14. That's a good point about knitting needles. I haven't seen anyone using them on a plane in a long time. I usually just take a notebook and write, or spend my time reading a book :)
    Thanks for stopping by this week!
    AJ @ Naturally Sweet
    An A-Z Co-host blog
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  15. Interesting. I thought they were never allowed, but I don't knit so it never really mattered to me. I crochet, and the hook has never been a problem.

  16. Knitting needles are not allowed on Singapore airlines, that's for sure. they don't allow hairpins either!

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z


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