Can You Carry Knitting Needles on a Plane?

Updated July 19, 2017

With security at airports tightening, crafters wonder whether knitting needles are allowed on aeroplanes, since many sharp or pointed objects are not allowed. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) states that knitting needles are allowed, both in carry-on and in checked baggage, in the United States.

What is a Knitting Needle?

A knitting needle is a long, thin, rod, usually with a stopper at one end and a pointy tip at the other end. It can be made of metal, plastic or wood (usually bamboo).


For flights within the United States, you can take knitting needles on an aeroplane, both in checked baggage and in carry-on, according to the TSA. The TSA specifically allows knitting needles made of any material. The TSA blog states: "Plastic, metal, clay, titanium... Whatever... Permitted." Check the TSA website for updated information (see Resources).


Australia recently lifted their ban on knitting needles, and they are now allowed on flights. Different countries have different rules, so it is best to check for each country you are flying to.

Knitting Projects

The only items that are banned for American flights are circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside. These items must be placed in your checked baggage.

Check First

To reduce the risk of having your needles confiscated by the authorities, it is best to check each country's regulations and check with the airline as well. If possible, knit with bamboo or plastic needles, as metal needles have a higher likelihood of being confiscated.

Knitting on Board

Once you get your through security with your knitting project, there usually are no restrictions for knitting on board the aircraft.

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About the Author

Karen Chow is an electrical engineer with 15 years of engineering and technical marketing experience. She began writing professionally in 2003, and has written articles for "EE Times," "Portable Design," "RF Design," and "IEE Communications Engineer." She has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marylhurst University.