By: Amanda Madlener
People always ask us: "Can I take my knitting on the plane?"
Answer: It depends on your departing city.
TSA allows all knitting and knitting tools through security in the USA. So, you can knit if you are departing from a US city and therefore going through our security.
Different countries have different rules. Look up the rules for the airport you are flying through to determine if they allow knitting. Most European airports list on their websites that knitting is NOT allowed.
How I, and many of our customers, traveled through Heathrow (London), Copenhagen, Florence, Frankfurt, Malta, Mexico and many more with our knitting:
First, I only used my Addi or Ebony interchangeable sets. In my carryon I packed only the tips that I would need for that flight and packed my remaining tips and cords in my suitcase to be checked.
I removed any scissors and sharp objects like stitch holders. I packed my teeny-tiny Canary scissors or Clover yarn cutter pendant instead.
Before going through security, I unhooked my needle tips from my work, attached stoppers to the ends of my cords so I wouldn't loose my stitches and put my needle tips into the pocket of my handbag along with a great selection of pens and pencils (at least 5 or 6)!
This way, I only risked loosing my 2 needle tips instead of the entire interchangeable set. If found, they could always be replaced for the cost of the tips only.
In my checked luggage, I also packed an alternative project that needed a different needle size in my luggage so that IF my carry on tips were confiscated, I could still knit on my trip after I landed.
I hope this was helpful - safe travels everyone!