Getting Your Knitting Needles Safely Through Airport Security
If you plan to knit in the skies, then follow these steps to ensure that your knitting needles are not a source of concern.
For knitting enthusiasts, the prospect of taking a couple of weeks’ vacation time to unwind in the sunshine and be able to get stuck into your next project is something to truly look forward to. You can even go on a dedicated knitting holiday set up by travel companies such as Arena Travel, where you can knit and stitch in search of the Northern Lights! But of course, getting through an airport with your knitting equipment may be something you’re concerned about.
With the restrictions surrounding the quantity of liquids you can take through the airports, it’s only natural to wonder about the sharpness of your knitting needles and whether they’d be considered a threat. The great news is that in many cases it’s very possible to fly with your needles and enjoy some quality knitting time in the airport, onboard the aircraft and of course throughout your entire holiday. Read on to find out more about the specific rules.
Checking With The Airport And Airlines
Flying in countries such as the US is relatively simple, as all airports and airlines are under control of the Transportation Security Administration which permits knitting needles to be carried in both hold and hand luggage. This is also the case in Canada. If you’re flying domestically within either of these countries, then it’s very straightforward. Unfortunately, the rules are a little more complex in the UK.
The official UK government guidelines clearly state that personal items including knitting needles are allowed to be carried within your carry-on baggage as well as those placed in the hold. This is also the case for sewing needles and small pairs of scissors with blades of less than 6cm. However, the reality is that some airlines follow their own rules. Jet2 for instance makes it very clear in their terms and conditions that knitting needles are prohibited.
Additionally, while some airports such as Heathrow state on their website that knitting needles are allowed, others such as Gatwick or Liverpool request that you check with the individual airline before packing them in order to avoid disappointment. This is great advice – passengers who are planning to bring along their knitting needles should certainly check with both the airport and airline before flying.
Ensuring Your Needles Get Through Security
There are some steps you can take to increase the likelihood of your knitting needles being accepted if you do find yourself in a situation where they’re under scrutiny. It’s going to be much easier to convince security staff what your intentions are, if you bring along a knitting project that you’ve already started – you could even complete a couple of stitches if further proof of your hobby is required. It’s best to travel with a wooden or circular pair of needles, rather than their metal counterparts which are much sharper. Similarly, if you don’t really need to take an actual pair of scissors onboard, then why not opt for a pair of nail clippers instead?
Be sure to check and doublecheck the individual requirements of the airline, and both your departure and arrival airports before you fly with your needles. You’re unlikely to run into any difficulties, but follow the advice above to ensure that you get to knit in the skies.