Are sewing needles permitted through checkpoints?

Old Nov 5, 07, 6:31 pm
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Are sewing needles permitted through checkpoints?

The TSA website was remarkably unhelpful answering this question.

My wife and I are traveling soon and she'd like to do some embroidering while on board. Are sewing needles permitted? I figured if knitting needles and razors are okay, needles shouldn't be a problem.

But, since this is the TSA, one never knows.
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Old Nov 5, 07, 6:50 pm
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I think they are, but I can't remember the specific thread that mentioned them.

If you dare to think that it is inconsistent to allow sewing needles with the sharp objects ban, just remember.. the TSA knows that real terrorists use scimitars.

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Old Nov 5, 07, 9:19 pm
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I have a hotel sewing kit with 6 needles as part of my std travel bag and have never ever had a problem.
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Old Nov 5, 07, 10:20 pm
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MrsM had knitting needles and they were not taken
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Old Nov 5, 07, 10:37 pm
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Originally Posted by hoyateach View Post
But, since this is the TSA, one never knows.
Well, unfortunately, you've just answered your own question.
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Old Nov 6, 07, 12:01 am
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Sewing needles are permitted. However, if your bag needs to get secondary, and the said TSO likes to sew or has a wife who does, the needles might not be permitted that day
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Old Nov 15, 07, 4:30 pm
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I haven't had a sewing needle confiscated yet -- I always have a few in my wallet and often some in other parts of my luggage.
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Old Nov 15, 07, 4:47 pm
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I bring my embroidery or knitting with me all the time to do on the plane and have never had an issue. Just make sure your sissors are the blunt edge ones and they won't care at all. I get more projects done on the plane than at home! LOL
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Old Nov 16, 07, 11:49 am
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per the TSA website, knitting and crochet needles are expressly permitted. it would seem reasonable to apply that allowance to things like sewing and cross-stich needles.

of course, this is the TSA so YMMV.
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Old Nov 17, 07, 4:56 pm
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Originally Posted by hoyateach View Post
The TSA website was remarkably unhelpful answering this question.

My wife and I are traveling soon and she'd like to do some embroidering while on board. Are sewing needles permitted? I figured if knitting needles and razors are okay, needles shouldn't be a problem.

But, since this is the TSA, one never knows.
In short Yes, sewing needles are permitted.
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Old Nov 18, 07, 10:55 am
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Thank you for this thread. We may be doing a mileage run (I've gotten my husband addicted to his elite perks thanks to what I've learned here) and I have a sweater I want to finish before Christmas.
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