Crochet is one of the most portable crafts, even more portable than knitting. Crochet hooks are small and often crochet projects require less yarn. You can pop a small crochet project in your handbag and it doesn’t take up much room.
So crochet is a great craft activity to take with you when you go traveling and as always it’s a great way to pass the time productively.
But many items are banned from flights for safety reasons, and you could take someone’s eye out with a crochet hook if you were some kind of secret crocheting ninja.
So can you bring crochet hooks on a plane?
This post looks at flying with crochet hooks to see where you should pack them.
TSA Crochet Hooks Rules
The Transportation Security Administration has clear guidelines on their site about taking crochet hooks on airplanes.
Here is a screengrab from their website:
The answer is clear, you are allowed to bring crochet hooks on an airplane. You can pack them in both carry-on bags and in checked bags.
Keep in mind that checked bags sometimes go missing. If you pack your crochet project in checked baggage there is a chance that you might not see it again.
Just to double-check here is @AskTSA on Twitter confirming that crocheting needles are allowed:
You should put your crochet needle inside a sheath of some kind like an envelope to prevent injury. If your bags are searched by the security screening officers you don’t want them to hurt their hand.
Can I Crochet On The Plane?
Let’s take a look at some of the major US airlines:
Charlee’s Aunt asked American Airlines on Twitter if she’d be able to knit or crochet during the flight:
And American Airlines responded that as far as they were concerned she would be allowed to crochet on the plane.
Joann asked Delta if she should crochet on her flight:
And Delta said yeah bring your crochet hook in your carry-on luggage.
Julie asked JetBlue about crocheting on the plane and they even wanted to see the finished result!
Sarah turned her Southwest flight into “pure bliss” by bringing her crochet project with her.
And DiKayo has found their new favorite place to crochet… 35,000 feet up in the air on a United Airlines flight!
So as you can see airlines in the united states don’t mind you doing a bit of crochet work when you are flying.
What Crochet Accessories Should Not Be Packed In Hand Luggage?
There are some crochet accessories that are not allowed in your hand luggage.
You need to pay special attention to the length of your scissors blades. Small craft scissors should be acceptable but check this post about taking scissors on a plane for more information.
Also, circular thread cutters will not be allowed in your carry on since airport security won’t like the blade that is inside it.
Can You Bring Crochet Hooks On International Flights?
Crochet hooks are less dangerous than knitting needles. They have a hook at the end so they are less pointy.
While some European airlines are not keen on knitting needles in the cabin I would be very surprised if they have any issue with crochet hooks.
Crochet hooks are probably just about as dangerous as a toothbrush and you are allowed to pack your toothbrush!
Especially this type is a hook on one end and a plastic handle on the other:
So long as your crochet needle is blunt and not sharp where you could stab someone with it or cut someone you will be fine.
If you are unsure check with your airline before flying.
There is no central aviation security authority in Europe like the TSA. Each country has its own regulations, but most security officers will not be concerned with instruments like crochet hooks.
Crochet hooks are fine to pack in both carry on hand luggage and in checked luggage. Of course, leave any especially valuable crochet hook or sentimentally valuable crochet hook at home.
There is always a risk that an individual security checkpoint officer will say no. They have that right, and you just get someone having a bad day.
Generally flying with crochet needles is not a problem and you should enjoy taking your crochet projects with you when you travel. They are a great way to relax on a stressful flight and you might even find yourself wishing your flight was a little longer so you could finish your project!
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