What you can take on a plane

Oct 30th, 2005, 05:38 PM
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What you can take on a plane

Will be going to Europe shortly before Thanksgiving. Will I be allowed to bring a loaf of pumpkin Bread in my carry on or tote bag for a family member who is studying overseas?
Also, I'll be flying British Air and wonder if I can bring bamboo knitting needles on this airlines. I like to pass the time by knitting something but I'm not sure of any new regulations regarding the knitting needles.
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Oct 30th, 2005, 05:48 PM
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Unless your pumpkin bread is hard as a rock and can be used as a weapon, I see no problem, especially since now, the airlines encourage to bring food on the plane with you, since they serve less and less.

As far as the knitting needle, that could be a problem, I would call the airline and check their website.
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Oct 30th, 2005, 05:55 PM
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Thank you , lyb. Fortunately, my pumpkin Bread is soft and moist so it shouldn't be a security problem. I just want to bring a touch of Thanksgiving to someone away from home.

Thanks again.
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Oct 30th, 2005, 06:34 PM
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You will have no problem with your knitting needles. My spouse knitted herself around the world this summer with her trusty bamboo needles (also some metal ones - some airlines no longer ban them.)
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Oct 30th, 2005, 07:04 PM
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Your kniting needles are fine.

For what is and isn't allowed you should caheck the TSA website www.tsa.gov

It has all the info you'll need
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Oct 30th, 2005, 09:18 PM
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I have knitted on overseas flights (post 9-11) on Air France, Delta & Alitalia, all with no problems. Not so with British Air. On a trip to London this past March, my friend and I brought our knitting along (bamboo circular needles). GF had her stuff out during boarding, the flight attendant had a fit! Demanded to know how she got the knitting stuff on board and made her hand it over imediately. They did give it back when we got off the plane.

I wouldn't chance it with BA, but you could always call to see if they've changed their policy. Good luck.
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Oct 30th, 2005, 10:08 PM
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Chestnut-let's put it this way: You can take your knitting needles with you out of the US outbound, because you will be passing through the TSA screening points-however, my understanding is that British CAA regulations do not permit knitting needles on board British air carrier flights, (not just BA) so unless they have changed that rule, you would not be permitted to bring them on board from London back to the US, and once on board, even though allowed by TSA regs., or some other countries' regs., BA could confiscate them for the duration of the flight, as the carrier operates pursuant to British law.

It is best to call British Air and find out what the current policy is on knitting needles, however, don't be surprised if the person on the phone either doesn't know, or gives you incorrect information-that happens frequently with airline res. agents
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Oct 31st, 2005, 05:47 AM
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Said spouse knitted on four separate BA flights in August-September, one Aer Lingus, four AA flights and five Qantas ones.
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Oct 31st, 2005, 05:55 AM
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Individual TSA agents or flight attendants might take your needles - that does not mean they are not allowed as a policy.

I don't knit - but have seen MANY people knitting on BA, Virgin Atlantic, and BMI flights.

if you want to take them, do - but realize there is a small chance they might be refused by an individual screener.
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Oct 31st, 2005, 07:11 AM
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I don't doubt you can take your pumpkin bread onto the plane, but it may be a problem getting it through customs on arrival. There are a lot of customs restrictions on food products in many countries.

My suggestion would be to contact the embassy of your distination nation and ask. If they have reservations, try sending them your recipe and getting a preapproval letter.
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