Knitting Needles

Dec 12th, 2009, 06:13 AM
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Knitting Needles

In a couple of weeks I'll be flying from the USA to Israel and intend to bring along my knitting, as part of my carry on, to help pass the time. I checked the USA government travel info site to make sure that knitting needles weren't prohibited. They weren't listed so I'm guessing it'll be okay. I was just wondering if any other knitters out there have flown with their needles and what their experiences were.
Thanks for your comments!
JennyMac is offline  
Dec 12th, 2009, 07:50 AM
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My wife flies with knitting paraphernalia all the time and has no troubles. If you're especially concerned, use bamboo needles.
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Dec 12th, 2009, 11:55 AM
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They weren't allowed for a time after all the serious heavier security rules went into place in 2001.

But knitting needles have be allowed back on board for years now.
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Dec 13th, 2009, 03:10 AM
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Knitting needles OK. If you travel with small scissors for the project, they may be a problem.

I have no idea about the trip back - it is possible Israel may have different security measures.
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Dec 13th, 2009, 07:48 AM
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Last time herself flew out of TLV the knitting kit was undisturbed.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 11:50 AM
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I have flown several times with knitting needles without any problems. Just make sure you do not have any scissors with you. I usually use wooden or plastic needles.
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Dec 15th, 2009, 11:41 AM
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Interesting that knitting needles would be allowed. If ever there was a weapon, it would be a knitting needle. Those things could do some damage. I hope you can get them on but I think it depends on whose looking at it. I tried to get a small version of a canoe paddle home from hawaii and was hold that it had to be checked because it was considered a weapon. there needs to be some uniformity here!
Shar is offline  
Dec 17th, 2009, 08:03 AM
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London Gatwick Airport took away my corkscrew that doesn't have a knife--just a plastic corkscrew.
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Dec 18th, 2009, 06:58 PM
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I've wondered the same thing and have read several places that bamboo, wooden, or plastic *circulars* are the way to go. Even though it seems like nobody has a problem with straights, the circs pack smaller so that's an added bonus.
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Dec 19th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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Don't know about Israel, but several years ago my plastic knitting needles weren't allowed as carry-on on the return flight home from CDG in Paris. I'd had no problem with taking them as a carry-on on the flight departing from the US.
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Dec 20th, 2009, 12:47 PM
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It all seems to depend on who's working that day. I do embroidery and when I carefully bought a pair of tiny scissors with rounded edges for the flight, I had them confiscated. Later I noticed a man getting on the plane with a large umbrella that had a pointed metal end. Go figure. I have traveled with small nail clippers, no problem. I have had them confiscated. I forgot once and took my favorite little pocket knife with a blade about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long and had that confiscated in an airport that had no facility for mailing to myself. "Can't you just put it somewhere until I come back?" I pleaded, having had this little knife for about 5 years, "No." was the answer.

I would say .. take your knitting needles. And an alternate for entertainment just in case.
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Dec 25th, 2009, 07:40 AM
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Security took my favorite tiny metal eyebrow twizzers but let me board with large metal hiking poles with sharp pointed icepick ends.
Elainee is offline  
Dec 27th, 2009, 06:13 PM
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I'm guessing that, with the new travel restrictions, no one is going to get to travel with knitting needles for a few years.
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Dec 28th, 2009, 07:29 AM
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No, knitting needles are not affected by the new regs. As bad and stupid as the new regulations are, it's not useful to start spreading misinformation.
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Mar 7th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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Leave the Skacel Addi Turbos at home and use less expensive plastic or bamboo needles (that you don't mind "losing") instead. Carry some extra thread or yarn to use as a stitch holder if need be. If you are checking a bag, put an extra set there "just in case."
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