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« Reply #240 on: October 31, 2005 05:06:38 PM »

Get a load of THIS.  I just flew (America West) from East Coast to West Coast and I'm happily stockinetting along when one of the flight attendants says, "Oh, you're knitting too?  One of our gals is back there making a scarf!  Judy, c'mere!"  And they proceed to check out my neckwarmer hood while the other attendant shows me her scarf.  So you KNOW if a FA was knitting, it must be okay.  Haha.
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« Reply #241 on: November 06, 2005 07:52:54 PM »

Get a load of THIS.  I just flew (America West) from East Coast to West Coast and I'm happily stockinetting along when one of the flight attendants says, "Oh, you're knitting too?  One of our gals is back there making a scarf!  Judy, c'mere!"  And they proceed to check out my neckwarmer hood while the other attendant shows me her scarf.  So you KNOW if a FA was knitting, it must be okay.  Haha.

thats so cool!
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« Reply #242 on: November 09, 2005 11:22:00 AM »

hey, here's some recent news on stuff you can take on airplanes. new, as in i just scanned this from the issue of time that came in the mail today.

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« Reply #243 on: November 09, 2005 11:55:18 PM »

yeah this is bs (i read it earlier on lj punk knitters!  Wink ) knitters are not terrorists! until you deny their right to knit!

you know my 78 year old grandmother ALWAYS gets checked extra at the airport... and she doesn't even carry her knitting on the plane.

I even got the evil eye when I had my urban decay purfume called pistol with a picture of a gun on the box.

They need to pay attention to the things that really can cause danger. Who ever heard of someone dying from a pair of 3 inch tweezers?
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« Reply #244 on: November 10, 2005 08:41:12 AM »

maybe u could turn tweezers into a weapon if u tied some yarn around the bent middle part of the tweezers and then started swinging it around and aimed at someone and let go.. I don't know, maybe it would cause some damage 0.0`
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« Reply #245 on: November 10, 2005 03:00:24 PM »

I'm always shocked at the things they take from regular passengers, but bring on themselves. Anyone want to debate which would be worse: my dpns or getting hit in the head with a bottle of wine?

I still maintain, a can of coke in a sock would do far more damage than my nail clippers ever could!
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« Reply #246 on: November 10, 2005 03:24:26 PM »

in case anyone wanted to know,
no flights leaving an Australian airport, domestic or international flights will allow knitting needles in your carry on. I checked the other day as i was going to go to NZ with my partner in December. I'm not going now (can't afford it) but thought I'd share my knowledge gained  Wink
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« Reply #247 on: November 10, 2005 03:36:56 PM »

heh heh heh...it's funny that I would find this thread tonight!  I'm going to be leaving soon to fly home to VA and I'm definitely taking a knitting project with me!  

Funny story:
I've never had a problem flying about the US, but Europe is a different story.  3 years ago when I was flying home from Germany, on a Delta flight, there was a separate security checkpoint for the Airlines based in the US. I got through the first security checkpoint just fine, but at the second one the security lady made me pull out everything in my backpack when she found yarn but no needles.  She wouldn't let me leave until I found the (plastic) crochet hook in the very bottom of my bag.
Then this spring coming back from London I was stopped for 10 minutes while I tried to explain what I was doing with a set of 4 (plastic) circular knitting needles.  They did finally let me through though.

My advice:
I always put the knitting in a place where it can be seen, and if it's an unfamiliar airport I'll usually say "I have a knitting project on plastic/bamboo needles, is this OK?"  I also fly with only the needles necessary for the project I'm taking, and it's always something I've already started. This usually gets me through just fine Smiley

Edit (after reading more of the thread):  I guess I was luckey in London and Germany!  Here's my list of knitting needle friendly airports: T.F. Greene in Providance, BWI, Dulles (D.C) I've also had no trouble in Ft. Lauderdale, Logan (Boston), and Cluj Napoca (Romania).
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« Reply #248 on: November 10, 2005 08:19:30 PM »

Anyone want to debate which would be worse: my dpns or getting hit in the head with a bottle of wine?

actually, when i posted this on the punk knitters lj, i posted a paragraph from a forensic anthropology book in a reply - i said that sneakers have been used as a murder weapon, and while you do often have to take your shoes off or run them over some sort of detector, they're not confiscated as weapons. the paragraph i posted was on all sorts of wierd weapons (in addition to sneakers, the author had seen artificial limbs and a frozen ham, as well as  many other things, used as murder weapons). well, in the following papragraph (which i didn't post) the author talked about wine bottles (and the old glass soda bottles) being used commonly as weapons of opportunity - they can easily be used as deadly weapons. and you don't see them banning multi-serving beverage containers from planes, do you?
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« Reply #249 on: November 15, 2005 07:41:06 PM »

I took some size 8 plastic needles on a plane last month and had no problem whatsoever.
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