Flying with my WIP

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow knitting buddies!! I need some advice. I'm flying to Atlanta tomorrow to spend the holiday with my best friends. I've never flown with my knitting and would appreciate some advice from you guys who have done it. I don't want to have anything confiscated that I shouldn't be flying with. Any tips?


BuduR's picture

From what I know metal knitting needles are right out. either plastic or bamboo is best. Best advice, call the airport and talk to them, seems to be different from airline to airline what you can get away with.

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Celowin's picture

Different people have different experiences with how strict airport security is with knitting. If you go with wooden or plastic circulars, you are almost certainly safe. You might run into problems with straight needles or anything metal, however.

Also be careful with anything you use to cut the yarn. Short safety scissors are supposed to be legal, but if you really want to be sure just bring a packet of dental floss and use the cutter on that.

purlyman's picture

I've flown with and plan to fly on Wednesday with my Denise Interchangeables, which are plastic. I've never had any problems with the plastic needles. Good luck!!


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machinarex's picture

I fly on a pretty regular basis, and have yet to have any problems so far. Like was said above, though, I don't use metal/straight needles (I just prefer wooden circs in general) so I'm not sure if that has any bearing on what they'll allow or not allow.

ignia's picture

TSA* says... - "Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage...We recommend that the needles be made of bamboo or plastic (Not Metal)"

You might want to read this article before packing your bag for the flight. :)

*TSA - Transportation Security Administration

Marc's picture

I've flown many times with metal needles (Addi Turbo) without any problems whatsoever.

Of course, it could simply be because they are mixed in with so much other stuff in my backpack (various electronic devices to keep me otherwise entertained) that they didn't show up on the X-ray.