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« Reply #490 on: December 17, 2007 10:39:24 PM »

in the last month i've flown to and from Montreal and New York twice with both metal and bamboo knitting needles with no problem

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« Reply #491 on: December 18, 2007 01:56:46 AM »

It depends how much you like your needles. I personally would take short wooden needles without knobs on the end, or DPNs, and put them in a pencil case with a couple of pens. Or at least take blunt harmless ones. I would also take a printout of the website that says they are not automatically forbidden, and ask at the checkout desk whether they can be taken on. If the staffer says yes, make sure to look at their tag and remember their name.
You might like instead to approach the checkpoint and take your needles out straight away and say 'I brought these because they are no sharper than pencils and pens, and check-in said they were okay'...
But it is really luck, and if they want to take stuff off you, they can, even if pens are more effective as a weapon. So you are kind of gambling with your needles.

What I would do with non-DPNs is have wooden ones and put them in my pocket or inside my trousers - taped to my leg probably. DPNs in my pocket.

BTW, there are tons of flights where knitting needles are not allowed (and I am as white as Nicole Kidman), including domestic flights within small countries not at risk of terrorist attacks.

Only you can decide whether it's worth the disappointment to you to lose needles but if you do try for it do have a lifeline ready so the stitches won't drop.

P.S. 'Wanked off' means something dirty in English English. Might want to correct spelling?

« Reply #492 on: December 18, 2007 02:20:21 AM »

I don't know if other places also have this rule but EU has special rules about liquids in your carry-on. Google it for more information. About knitting needles: London airports doesn't allow knitting-needles on the plane.

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« Reply #493 on: December 18, 2007 09:20:08 AM »

what do you consider London airports?

I fly from Atlanta GA USA to Gatwick 3 or 4 times a year to see my family and I've never had a problem carrrying my knitting.  In fact I was last there a week and a half ago, no problem at all.  Right now I'm working on an entrelac scarf and worked on it both ways across the "pond".

The only time I had a problem going through security was I think one time last year when I forgot to put my round nose scissors in my bag and had a small pair of pointed tipped scissors.  Those were taken............never, ever have I been stopped or questioned about my knitting going through security.

I also fly backwards and forwards from Atlanta to Chicago to see my adult children 3 or 4 times a year and take my knitting.........never a problem there.

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« Reply #494 on: December 18, 2007 10:41:53 AM »

This question has come up on this board before.

Bottom line is, even if knitting needles are supposedly allowed (as they are on domestic flights within the US), it's up to the screener.  If you must take your knitting, don't bring needles you wouldn't want to lose, and do have some thread or something so that you can keep your work from unraveling if your needles are taken.

(I dodge the issue entirely by bringing cross-stitch instead of knitting.  Cheesy )

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« Reply #495 on: December 20, 2007 09:26:44 PM »

spelling changed Smiley

and in athens airport they would NOT let you get on the plane with knitting needles. and I do apologize about saying that it was cause of my race or whatever, because this time they were really really nice, the person by the checkpoint apologized and seemed really sorry  that he had to do it. so I guess I was just being wierd! Smiley

and i did take like plastic ones that can't rlly hurt anything/anybody..but they still had to take it..

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« Reply #496 on: December 21, 2007 04:11:22 AM »

I'm glad they were nice about it... sometimes they are unspeakably rude, act like you're a criminal, and they're totally entitled and reasonable. Completely infuriating.
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« Reply #497 on: December 21, 2007 08:23:49 AM »

If it helps anyone, I noticed recently that Liverpool airport (north west England) has added knitting needles to their hazardous items list posters which are up on the check-in desks.

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