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TSA Knitting Kit - What's Allowed in Your Carry On

Be prepared for your next trip.

Going on a trip soon and not sure what sewing/knitting materials you can bring in your carry-on? This is a guideline for what you should know before you travel with your sewing/knitting materials to help you get through the security gate without any added stress or issues!

What you can & cannot take in your carry-on

1. Knitting Needles:

In general, knitting needles and crochet hooks are allowed to be in your carry on luggage. But, nowadays, people are using much larger knitting needles to knit large thick blankets. Be advised that there is an off chance that the TSA security person may view these as a weapon, so I would suggest bringing smaller knitting needles that fit in your bag without a problem.

In addition, it is always a good idea to travel/use bamboo or plastic hooks and needles as they are less likely to seem like a weapon.

2. Scissors & Thread Cutters:

Thread cutters and circular thread cutters are not allowed in your carry-on luggage, but rather can be placed in your checked luggage.

Scissors are something that you need to double check before you get in the security line because nearly all scissors are considered a possible weapon. Any scissor that is longer than 4" is not allowed carry on onto a plane and if the pointed tip is too "pointy", you will not be allowed to bring them in your carry on.

I would suggest to try and pre-cut some yarn/string or pieces of fabric that you need and store it in a ziplock bag in your carry on! Or, if you can't travel without scissors, you could always get a pair of kids plastic scissors which also cut yarn and sting and will not pose as a possible weapon when you are going through security.

Another thing that you can do as a substitution to taking scissors, is taking a pair of nail clippers or an old dental floss case!

3. Needles:

There are currently no rules and regulations against "craft supplies". So, you are allowed to bring a sewing needle with you in your carry-on as long as it is no extremely big.

4. Yarn:

The yarn that you are using or plan on using for your project can be included in your carry-on bag. But, I would suggest only what you believe you need for the plane ride and place the rest in your check luggage.

As a last tip, I would suggest taking a look at the TSA's website before your trip as some of their rules and regulations may change.

If you have an item that is not on the list that they currently have posted, you can always call the security office at any airport and ask about specific items you may have. If you are traveling internationally I would suggest to also take a look at the rules and regulations of the specific airport that you are traveling out of as it may be allowed in the United States by TSA but may not be allowed in your carry-on bag in other countries.

The website to check for TSA is: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/

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