Oh how I wish knitting needles were allowed on planes in Australia. I flew interstate a few days ago - a one hour flight - and had a tiny nail file I’d accidentally left in my purse, confiscated. There’s no way knitting needles and scissors are allowed.
I had to laugh as a young woman wandering through the departure lounge, clad in black leather and metal, was wearing the highest stiletto boots and the sharp heels were shiny silver metal. I also saw disposal units for “sharps” - why are the “sharps” allowed through when knitting needles aren’t?
So, can anyone suggest an alternative to knitting needles? In September we’re flying by Qantas to Vancouver, cruising to Alaska and Hawaii, and flying home to Australia from Honolulu. Being without my knitting through all those idle air hours! I can’t even bear to think about it. I’m not an in-flight entertainment sort of person, and there is only so much reading I would want to do, I NEED to knit! I’ve even been eyeing off pencils lately but can’t see them doing a particularly good job of knitting… I mainly knit sportweight, baby clothes. Does anyone have any bright ideas of a way round this?
I’m wondering if flying out of Honolulu I’d be allowed to take my knitting, even though it would be an Australian bound flight?
Just to double check the policy, I looked up the Qantas website and found this -
[COLOR=“Magenta”]Governments have directed that for security reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements of any kind and any length, whether of metal or other material, and some sporting goods, must be packed in your checked baggage. They cannot be carried in your cabin baggage or on your person.
Sharp objects or cutting implements include but are not limited to: any knife, including paper knives, carpet knives, box cutters, letter openers, scissors of any kind, tradesman’s tools, screwdrivers, corkscrews, darts and knitting needles.
‘Sporting goods’ include but are not limited to: sporting bats, billiard/snooker/pool cues, catapults.
If you are carrying any such items, they must be packed in your checked baggage. If you try to carry them in your cabin baggage or on your person, the airport screening services will remove them. They will not be returned to you.[/COLOR]
That’s pretty final, isn’t it? :waah: