Below are the ‘old rules’ mentioning blunt tipped scissors are ok and circular cutters are not (for carry on). I also quoted the ‘newest’ rules which say that after 12/22, small scissors are ok. So, who knows. Depends on which screened you get anyway. From:[/color] http://www.tsa.gov/public/index.jsp
Transporting Knitting Needles & Needlepoint
Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage. However, there is a possibility that the needles can be perceived as a possible weapon by the TSA screener. TSA Screeners have the authority to determine if an item could be used as a weapon and may not allow said item to pass through security. TSA recommends the following when bring knitting needles on an airplane:
Circular knitting needles are recommended to be less than 31 inches in total length
We recommend that the needles be made of bamboo or plastic (Not Metal)
Scissors must have blunt points
In case the screener does not allow your knitting tools through security it is recommended that you carry a self addressed envelope so that you can mail your tools back to yourself as opposed to surrendering them at the security check point.
As a precautionary measure it is recommended that you carry a crochet hook with yarn to save the work you have already done in case your knitting tools are surrendered at the checkpoint.
Most of the items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside. These items cannot be taken through a Security Checkpoint. They must go in your checked baggage.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 2, 2005
TSA Press Office: (571) 227-2829
WASHINGTON, D.C. – [color=green]Beginning December 22, airline travelers can expect to see [/color]more random screenings, [color=green]fewer prohibited items [/color]and a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workforce more dedicated to detecting and defeating more serious threats, such as explosives. These changes are part of an update to security procedures announced today by Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley, to address the ever-evolving threat to commercial aviation.
The specific changes include more additional screenings of passengers and their bags using a variety of methods selected at random. [color=green]Passengers will also once again be able to carry small tools and scissors on-board aircraft.[/color]
[color=green]Beginning December 22, scissors with a cutting edge of four inches or less and tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers smaller than seven inches will be permitted on board. Scissors longer than four inches and tools such as crowbars, drills, hammers, and saws will continue to be prohibited from carry-on bags. [/color]