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NastiJ Posted - 12/18/2009 : 4:50:46 PM

The changes will see passengers again allowed to carry some sharp implements, such as ... crochet and knitting needles on board aircraft from July next year.

Nancy J.

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busygirl Posted - 08/08/2013 : 5:01:44 PM
I recently flew home from Australia to New Zealand and was permitted to take my knitting bag on the plane with my other carry on luggage.My project was on bamboo needles and I had no problems going through customs at Tullamarine and at Auckland airport.

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ozknitter Posted - 06/25/2013 : 07:08:48 AM
Hi Wen,

They were a size 4.5 mm and pretty blunt, so I don't know what they're problem was, I have to go to Adelaide again in July, I think I'll just take a book this time and put my knitting into my carry on luggage.

Qantas seem to be worse than Virgin for some reason, although it tends to vary from week to week.

It seems if I have my son with me they are fine, but if I'm on my own, somebody usually makes a big song and dance about it.

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Wen Posted - 02/15/2011 : 1:15:12 PM
What size needles were they? How pointy were the tips?

I've taken metal options through Tulla, that is really bad luck.

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ozknitter Posted - 02/15/2011 : 04:54:14 AM

I flew out from Tullamarine last week to Adelaide and had my needles with the knitting on confiscated. They weren't even metal, luckily they waited for me to take the knitting off the needle and put it on a piece of wool.

Just to see what happened coming back from Adelaide, I again took them through the security part and they were absolutely fine. Although I had my brother standing by just in case they did confiscate my knitting, so he could take it home and mail it to me.

Knit in peace and harmony.

Rwats2 Posted - 12/03/2010 : 3:44:51 PM
Ceil, Tatting is not a bad thing. I tat as well, but am too uncoordinated for the shuttle. I use a tatting needle. The sz 8 that I use is really bendable, so I have to place it in a book or magazine, to keep them straight much less getting them taken. I rwally enjoy tatting as much as I do knitting. But at least with my tatting stuff it does not take as much room, and I can take it just about anywhere with me. The big plus to that is the needles do not make noise at all.

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Wen Posted - 01/21/2010 : 2:22:06 PM
I had my bag searched during screening this week. My options tips showed up on the screen looking like a huge pair of scissors. Once they verified it was knitting needles they smiled and gave them back to me.

Wen FO 2009
Wen Posted - 01/08/2010 : 05:09:39 AM
KS the TSA is not an international authority. It is only responsible for the US.

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NastiJ Posted - 01/05/2010 : 11:40:42 AM
Originally posted by KS

I'd check the TSA site before leaving, but other than that, don't fret about your flight.


Nancy J.

"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck
Wen Posted - 01/04/2010 : 2:03:38 PM
I flew yesterday and no trouble with metal circular at Tullamarine however one of the flight attendants obviously thought the law should not have been changed. She claimed it would make their jobs harder. At least she recognised that I had a right to have my knitting on the plane.

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KS Posted - 12/30/2009 : 7:45:51 PM
I flew yesterday on a domestic flight. CNN has sensationalized things as usual. Reading newspapers online, they said passengers on domestic flights wouldn't see any difference, though things would be tightened behind the scenes.

I left on Christmas Eve & returned yesterday. Security didn't take any longer, & the process wasn't any different from our point of view. Nothing was different on the flight either regarding blankets, books & walking around. I can't speak for international flights, but domestic ones havenít changed.

In-laws arrived on Christmas day & the 26th & didn't notice any changes either.

I'd check the TSA site before leaving, but other than that, don't fret about your flight.

I didn't test knitting needles. My current project isn't good travel knitting.
Wen Posted - 12/29/2009 : 06:11:30 AM
No, they have said there will be no change. The reason given for allowing the needles is supposedly so that the inspectors can be looking for items that are potentially dangerous rather than taking someones tennis racket or knitting needles.

Wen FO 2009
Ceil Posted - 12/28/2009 : 11:46:17 AM
This could have all gone down the tubes with the latest terror attack. Aside from having to stay in one's seat for the last hour of flight, you can't have anything in your lap. I think I may be reduced to a tatting shuttle next time I fly.....


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dschmidt Posted - 12/26/2009 : 10:12:05 AM
About time that our friends down under got to knit on planes again

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Wen Posted - 12/25/2009 : 5:00:46 PM
Great news, I will be flying twice a week for the next 2 and 1/2 months.

Wen FO 2009
sueg Posted - 12/23/2009 : 01:29:09 AM
The latest is that they have moved this forward. Aussie knitters will be allowed their needles from Christmas Day! I'm happy as we fly out on Dec 26.

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