A crochet project sounds like a great way to pass the time while traveling, but are crochet hooks allowed on airplanes? Because security regulations can be strict, it’s important to know what is and isn’t allowed before you get to the airport.
Generally speaking, the TSA allows crochet needles and hooks — along with knitting gear — in both checked luggage and carry-on items. The TSA also has a policy on tools you’d use to cut yarn or thread, so those are important to remember, too. Circular thread cutters are NOT allowed in carry-ons, and neither are scissors or thread cutters with blades longer than four inches.
The TSA does caution, however, that each agent has discretion when you go through security — meaning someone can confiscate your tools if deemed dangerous by someone at a security checkpoint.
Minimize your risk of crochet-tool trouble by following these tips:
- Avoid steel hooks.These couldlook more dangerous than wooden, bamboo, or plastic hooks, so a TSA agent might flag them as problematic. Instead, pick something a bit lighter to pack in your bag. Many travelers report that they’ve taken steel hooks aboard without a problem, but it could still be worth it to take the precaution.
- The shorter, the better.A super long hook might be cause for concern, so try to keep your bag packed with hooks of reasonable sizes.
- Bring scissors with a dull point.Scissors should be allowed if they are small, but pick a pair that has dull blades — think children’s scissors.
- Bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope.In the event that TSA won’t let your hooks pass through security, you’ll want a way to get them home. A USairport shouldmail them to your address, if you supply the envelope and stamp.
- Travel with hooks you don’t mind parting with.If carting an empty envelope around doesn’t seem like fun, simply bring a hook that you won’t miss if it does get confiscated. This might be a good idea generally when traveling, so you don’t lose any valuable tools while on the road (or in the air).
- Check international flight restrictions.Though the US’s security regulations are typically A-OK with crochet hooks, other countries might have tighter policies — some don’t even allow hooks at all. Check the country’s regulations online to make sure hooks are okay in carry-ons or checked bags.
Follow these suggestions, and it should be safe travels for you and all your crochet tools. And you could leave the plane with a beautifully crafted souvenir, too!