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Old 09-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Flying with crochet hooks and supplies?

I did a search here but the most recent seemed to be 2010. I would like to take my crocheting with me when I fly up north. Are the hooks allowed these days? What about blunt end scissors and yarn needles? Has anyone had any recent experiences?
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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Phors, I found this http://www.purplekittyyarns.com/info/air-travel.html but you may want to check the TSA site, just to be sure.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:42 PM   #3
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I've seen people in the airport with knitting needles.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:16 PM   #4
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Yes -

FWIW the best place for this info is right from the TSA website at
tsa.gov
They have a section where you can search by name anything your concerned about and get an answer -

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm

I put in crochet needles and here is the response:
"You may place your knitting needles and needlepoint tools in carry-on or checked baggage.

Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage"
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #5
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I just wanted to add that the rules are different for different countries. So, I'm not sure how far north you're going, but if you are headed to a different country, you should check the requirements for the country out of which you are flying.

For example, a few years ago we flew to Mexico. I was fine taking knitting needles and small scissors from the U.S. to Mexico. However, on the trip from Mexico to the U.S., different rules applied and I couldn't take the needles or scissors in my carry on.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:58 PM   #6
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Yes -

FWIW the best place for this info is right from the TSA website at
tsa.gov
They have a section where you can search by name anything your concerned about and get an answer -

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm

I put in crochet needles and here is the response:
"You may place your knitting needles and needlepoint tools in carry-on or checked baggage.

Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage"
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I know I could check the TSA website, but I wanted to see if anyone had gone through security lately with the stuff and if they had any issues.

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I just wanted to add that the rules are different for different countries. So, I'm not sure how far north you're going, but if you are headed to a different country, you should check the requirements for the country out of which you are flying.

For example, a few years ago we flew to Mexico. I was fine taking knitting needles and small scissors from the U.S. to Mexico. However, on the trip from Mexico to the U.S., different rules applied and I couldn't take the needles or scissors in my carry on.
No, not leaving the country. Just going to New Hampshire.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:16 PM   #7
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I just wanted to add that the rules are different for different countries. So, I'm not sure how far north you're going, but if you are headed to a different country, you should check the requirements for the country out of which you are flying.

For example, a few years ago we flew to Mexico. I was fine taking knitting needles and small scissors from the U.S. to Mexico. However, on the trip from Mexico to the U.S., different rules applied and I couldn't take the needles or scissors in my carry on.
I had an experience in Mexico!!! The way there...no issue. On the way back they took a metal nail file from me! I guess they thought I would hijack a plane with it! I think a good rule is that to put it in your checked if you are unsure. Because there are inconsistancies for carry ons. My bare legs also got patted down in the same trip. I guess the large super scanner caught something wrong with my bare legs!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:47 PM   #8
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had no problems last year,2011, on either of your 2 trips. took knitting needles and small blunt scissors.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:57 PM   #9
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I have taken a plastic crochet hook and a clover cutter (round pendant that has slots you cut the yarn). I have not had any problems with either. Both can be found at your local craft store.
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My DD has taken both knitting needles and crochet hooks and scissors with no problems.
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My mother took knitting needles and scissors when we flew in April and had no problems.
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My mother took knitting needles and scissors when we flew in April and had no problems.
I'm so glad to read this. I'm flying for the first time this Saturday and am so happy I can take my knitting with me.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:03 PM   #13
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Yes -

FWIW the best place for this info is right from the TSA website at
tsa.gov
They have a section where you can search by name anything your concerned about and get an answer -

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm

I put in crochet needles and here is the response:
"You may place your knitting needles and needlepoint tools in carry-on or checked baggage.

Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage"
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That rule about circular thread cutters must have changed in the last 5 years - probably when they allowed scissors with less than a 4" blade in your carryon. When we last flew (back in 2007 - we now drive to Disney), you couldn't bring any type of scissors but they allowed the thread cutters - in fact they were advertised as being TSA compliant.
Glad somebody brought this up so I won't make a mistake and lose my favorite thread cutter when we fly.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:52 PM   #14
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I flew last year from Buffalo to Orlando, got my crochet hook (steel) through no problem, but I had foldable, tiny scissors that they confiscated. Now I pack those in my checked luggage. Only about an inch long, but I guess because they had sharp points it wasn't allowed.
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