“Question: How does security look at knitting needles? I cross-stitch but don’t travel with it because I didn’t think my needles (and for sure my small scissors) would get through security.”
Great question! As an avid knitter, I always bring my current project on trips. I have always taken a circular thread cutter, which is often billed as being airline-approved. However, while researching this question I was surprised to find out that these are not allowed, yet scissors are. From the TSA website:
Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage.
Items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside which cannot go through the checkpoint and must go in your checked baggage.
On the permitted and prohibited items list, the site says that “scissors – metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches” are allowed in checked baggage and carry-ons. Frankly, I am surprised at their decision about what is safe and what is not, but there you are. The TSA knows best…… I also read posts on knitting websites were travelers had printed out these two TSA pages and carried them through security just in case the agent was not familiar with the guidelines. Sounds like a good idea to me.
The only time I have ever been given trouble about my knitting was recently while flying home from Cancun. There was a print-out at the check-in counter that had a list of prohibited items for carry-ons, and knitting needles were on there. I was bummed but what can you do–the project went in my checked bag. But as long as you’re in the US, feel free to knit, or crochet, or cross-stitch to your heart’s content!
(Lovely yarn and needles from Blue Sky Alpacas. Love their stuff!!)