Crochet supplies on airplanes in carry-on!
I don’t travel by plane very much, but I’ve thought about flying from time to time. Knowing I’d love to have my crochet with me, this resulting in me poking around the internet looking for answers. These rules are only for flying in the U.S. - with international flights, you’ll have to check local laws.
The TSA website says: In general, you may place your knitting needles and needlepoint tools in carry-on or checked baggage. (Yes, this is what comes up when you search “Crochet Hook”.)
This means the following should be allowed:
- Crochet hooks
- Yarn needle
- Measuring Tape
- Stitch Markers
- Amigurumi Safety Eyes
Scissors are allowed, but they should have a dull tip, and must be less than 4 inches long (read: child’s craft scissors.)
Yarn is allowed, and should be wrapped neatly. (A brand new skein would probably be nicer than a tangled mess!)
- Don’t bring anything you value highly. TSA’s website says: "Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane."
- Bring yarn, or a WIP. If you get stopped or questioned, and they don’t know what crochet is, you can show them your yarn/WIP (and how you crochet, if need be.) Be prepared to answer questions.
- Bring a self-addressed envelope. They may allow you to ship items home instead of confiscating them.
- Group your items together. Buy a small pencil case, use an old glasses case - anything that keeps your craft supplies together.
- Print a copy of the regulations allowing the item, or list of prohibited items, and keep it with your supplies.
These rules may change at any time (especially in times of extra security.) When in doubt, you should be able to look up any item on: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items !
If it were me, I’d carry plastic when I could - plastic crochet hooks, plastic stitch markers, plastic yarn needle. They may not be as “nice” to work with, but seems like there’s less of a chance you’ll get them confiscated.
Happy Hooking While Flying!
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