By plane, by car, by boat, by train – let’s talk about traveling with your knitting.
Today we’re going to talk about traveling with your knitting projects by plane.
Bear with me the next couple weeks – I have a back injury slowing me down. But I promise some very exciting news next weekend!
There’s a lot of downtime at airports – waiting in lines, waiting at the gate, waiting for the plane to take off, waiting for the plane to open. . .You get the idea. When I travel for work, its usually by plane. I knit in transit and in the hotel room in the evenings. Its nice to be able to unwind even away from home.
So you’re packed up and ready to go. Get your boarding pass and lets talk knitting needles and security.
Traveling by Air
- Can I take my knitting needles on the plane as a carry-on? Based on Ravelry threads, this is a pretty hot topic. Per the TSA website, you CAN take your knitting needles through security BUT the TSA has the right to perform additional screening or disallow the item. I have NEVER had this happen. Literally, 99% of the time they don’t even look in my carry-on. You can check out the TSA’s website here to see their discussion of knitting needles.
- Now let’s be smart about taking knitting needles on the plane. It’s probably not the greatest place to take your 14 inch straight metal needles. The seats on the plane are tiny. I usually have with my metal circular needles and metal double points. Some people have suggested bamboo might be less threatening than metal.
- Scissors – per the TSA website, you can take scissors with blades less than 4 inches. Mine look like this (and they fold up) and again, have never been questioned.
- NOTE: the above applies to flying out of US airports. I have heard from friends that knitting needles may be disallowed in your carry on when you fly out of international airports, even if you are flying to the US. Check that airports website before you go to see what is allowed.
- Hint #1 – I keep two projects under the seat in front of me or in the pocket to knit on during the flight. Since you can’t have your tray table down part of the trip I wedge my pattern page in between the locked tray table and the back of the seat in front of me to hold it up. Just don’t forget it!
- Hint #2 – if you’re flying an airline without assigned seats (like Southwest), it’s really fun to spit splice while people are boarding. Trust me, if there’s going to be an empty middle seat, it will be by you. Unless there’s another knitter boarding.
Those are all my little tips and tricks. Do you have any others? Have you had any problems at security with your knitting?
Next week we’ll talk about traveling with your knitting by car. Do you have any questions?