This time of year some of our lucky customers head down south to escape the Wet Coast weather. One of the most FAQ’s in our stores is: “Can I take my knitting needles on the plane?” Yes Virginia, you can take your needles.
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has deemed that knitting needles and crochet hooks are not a security threat. They’re on the list of permitted items for air travel, in both carry-on and checked baggage, under the heading “Penetrating objects”.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has also declared that… “knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage.” Oddly, the U.S. notice goes on to say that… “Our Security Officers have the authority to determine if an item could be used as a weapon and may not allow said item to pass through security.” So don’t take those mace-emitting needles with you, okay?
If you’re still concerned about losing your favourite pair of rosewood needles, we suggest you take a self-addressed stamped envelope with you. Then if you happen to encounter a grumpy clerk who doesn’t like knitting, you’ll be able to save those needles.
Have a great trip and send us a postcard!