Friday, October 19, 2007

Needles on Planes

This time of year some of our lucky customers head down south to escape the Wet Coast weather. One of the most FAQ's in our stores is: "Can I take my knitting needles on the plane?" Yes Virginia, you can take your needles.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has deemed that knitting needles and crochet hooks are not a security threat. They're on the list of permitted items for air travel, in both carry-on and checked baggage, under the heading "Penetrating objects".

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has also declared that... "knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage." Oddly, the U.S. notice goes on to say that... "Our Security Officers have the authority to determine if an item could be used as a weapon and may not allow said item to pass through security." So don't take those mace-emitting needles with you, okay?

If you're still concerned about losing your favourite pair of rosewood needles, we suggest you take a self-addressed stamped envelope with you. Then if you happen to encounter a grumpy clerk who doesn't like knitting, you'll be able to save those needles.

Have a great trip and send us a postcard!

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