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Can i take my needles on a plane?

airplane wing with a blue tip and orange points on the engines flying over a big cloud

As a wise man once said

"I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!!!!"

     Samuel. L. Jackson - Snakes on a Plane

Nah but seriously a question that im asked time and time again is,

       "can i take my knitting on the plane"

and previously my response was, according to the .gov website knitting needles are permitted in hand luggage, however it can often be up to the person on security if they actually let you take them on or not. 

petronas tower from the bottom. the two towers are at each side with the sky bridge in the middle. its a very overcast sky

 You also hear and read all the advice like

  • I go to the USA all the time and its never been a problem
  • take wood over metal
  • take a self addressed envelope and some cable stoppers or a stitch holder and post the needles back to yourself
  • start the knitting so you can prove you are an actual knitter

and it can be super confusing.

a flower like small fountain spout in the middle of a green pond with one of the taj mahal roofs reflecting in the water

Now i dont mean to rub it in your face, but i am off to New Zealand in December and we are coming home via Japan (honeymoon baby), so some very long flights ahead of me, and im like yeah baby PERFECT knitting time. 

So this is my train of thought about the grand holiday knitting plan.

  • I am all set and cool about leaving the uk knitting needles are fine
  • HOWEVER we stop in dubai for a super quick change and the last time i passed through that airport there were alot of men with guns aimed at a woman because she wouldnt remove her head scarf- do i want a gun pointed at me over knitting needles?
  • we then hit up Oz for a teeny stop (as if the plane was a bus) and up to Christchurch. Now i know the Ozzies and Kiwis are pretty chill about most things exept from food/nuts/dirt/animals...ok ok 

So in my head im fairly ok EXCEPT for Dubai, and i was doing all the. will i get bamboo needles, will i just chance it? Where would i post my needles from? an i trust a guard in Dubai to post my needles? ill need backup needles in my hold case? WILL THEY TAKE MY KNITTING?? or will the just shoot me?

Then my brain got sensible (WHAT) and i googled knitting needles in Dubai airport.

Up pops Emirates website (the airline we are flying TO Dubai with) and according to their rules knitting needles are not permitted on their flights. Dude im bummed as thats like a whole 7/8 hour wad of knitting from my precious stash that i wont get (not to mention all the airport time) and with only a 2hour layover i wont get access to our hold luggage to stash my needles for securityGUTTED!

THANKFULLY, i can crochet.

the old man of storr. a great big impressive rock on a traditionally scottish landscape on a very bright white sky

 So since I never even thought about looking at the websites of the airlines im using, i googled air New Zealand and they are TOTALLY fine with knitting needles on the plane...So going to Japan, (11/12 ish hours) i can bang on with some shawl knitting! WINNA.

Thank god for the chilled out Kiwis!

the KL tower in the background with one of the spires of the petronas tower in the forefront to the left

 So i leave you with this advice, 

dont stress about getting your needles confiscated, just. 

a women with glasses, purple top and dark short hair pointing with her white scarf in the middle of the city with a speech bubble saying. check with your airline

 


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