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    Question for anyone who has flown (internationally, on a commercial airplane, I mean) lately with their sewing supplies. The CATSA/FAA website says I'm allowed "sissors with blunt points" and "small needles in a sewing kit" in my carry-on luggage. I'd love to take a little project with me to pass the time on the flight.

    Has anyone flown internationally with sissors and needles lately? Do you think my tiny embroidery sissors and a couple of needles (for stitching the binding onto some quilted coasters I'm making) will pass security?

    Thanks!
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    They sell blunt nosed scissors now at LQS and online that are supposee to be airline approved here in the states. I have not heard here that small sewing needles have been banned. You could call the airlines, airport, or your airline security and find out for sure :wink:

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    I have a pair of fold up scissors that WILL NOT make it thru the security. My advice would be to go to Walmart or somewhere and buy a pair of blunt nose OR what I use now....baby nail clippers!

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    Terri, have they ever stopped you for trying to bring sewing needles?

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    I wasn't flying internationally, but it was after 9/11. They let me take scissors and crochet hooks on board!!! I think they felt sorry for me....taking 2 daughters and 4 kids to Disneyland!!! :shock: :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Terri, have they ever stopped you for trying to bring sewing needles?
    No, I just have this little sewing kit. Not actually a kit. Just one of those papers folded with 2 needles, couple pieces of thread and a button. No clue where it came from. It's small enough to fit into my wallet. That's where I keep it.

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    Flying from France to England, you are not allowed even a needle... Maybe check the airline's conditions on their website? The worst they'll do is take it off you though!

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    If you only want the sissors to cut thread why not take some dental floss. The container will have a cutter on it to cut your thread. Marge

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    I've never had a problem with the little thing I have that goes in my wallet. I have had my travel scissors TRIED to be taken away, but have always managed to get them into my suitcase. Now, I just bring my baby nail clippers with me.

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    OK, I think I'll put my needles in one of those little "sewing kits" (like the ones you sometimes get in hotel rooms) in my makup bag, and bring nail clippers rather than sissors for cutting thread.

    Thanks all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I understand about scissors, but do they think someone could get killed with a needle? Oh well maybe they could- who knew? LOL!
    That's a good question, I'd be interested in why no needles. Maybe you could poke out an eye???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    If you only want the sissors to cut thread why not take some dental floss. The container will have a cutter on it to cut your thread. Marge
    That's a brilliant idea! Love it! Will use it the next time we fly!!

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    I gave my granddaughter a little pair of kids scissors and they took them. I think it depends on the airport security. I wouldn't spend a lot on them because there is the chance of them taking them.

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    I have a little clover pendant that I carry with me and it has a small blade on the inside where you can cut your threads. The blade is impossible to open up as the pendant has several grooves in it to cut your threads.

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I understand about scissors, but do they think someone could get killed with a needle? Oh well maybe they could- who knew? LOL!
    you could poke out the pilot's eye!! LOL

    You know when you think about it, you can use just about anything. Trevor and I sat down one day in between flights talking about security and what is and not allowed on flights and when you think about it (whenever in a sadistic mood or just bored between travels), take a look at people walking around the airport terminals after they get through security and see all the things they can take on board that could become potential weapons.. You would be amazed!!!

    Not that I'm about to take over a plane or do anything drastic like that, but it makes you think!

    This is one thing I found funny though. Shortly after 911 I went on a flight from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia. they removed all the metal cutlery and gave you plastic forks and knives. You can still hurt someone with a plastic knife! I've been dumb enough using a plastic knife to cut a bread roll to butter it and cut myself!!! It didn't tickle either!

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    i had my stuff taken from security when we went on our asia trip but i'm in NYC and its a sensitive issue here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i had my stuff taken from security when we went on our asia trip but i'm in NYC and its a sensitive issue here.
    Thanks Klue. I'm flying to the UK, and I think they are way more picky than we are in Canada, for the same reason.

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    I'm wondering if they are still as strict about it?

    I had bought some of those lots of confiscated scissors through e-bay - and I haven't seen those large lots of scissors available since April (I'd been away from a computer for about six months)

    Some of the scissors in those lots were NICE - $20+ ones - and some wouldn't cut paper and I wonder why anyone would have bought them to begin with.

    In a couple of the 300 lot ones, I'd say about 10% were excellent, 25% were crappy, and the rest were somewhere in between.

    If someone wants to do damage to someone else, it seems like the ways are limitless.

    Bottom line, only bring something you are willing to surrender.

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    i think time and location plays into "still sensitive" - our asia trip was in feb of this year.

    they took my stork scissors, here's a link so you can see how deadly they are...

    http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-Sto.../dp/B000143MH8

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i think time and location plays into "still sensitive" - our asia trip was in feb of this year.

    they took my stork scissors, here's a link so you can see how deadly they are...

    http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-Sto.../dp/B000143MH8
    Yep.. they could really leave a mark!! I have a pair of those myself and wouldn't take them on at all. I don't want to lose mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i think time and location plays into "still sensitive" - our asia trip was in feb of this year.

    they took my stork scissors, here's a link so you can see how deadly they are...

    http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-Sto.../dp/B000143MH8
    Yep.. they could really leave a mark!! I have a pair of those myself and wouldn't take them on at all. I don't want to lose mine!
    i was upset about the loss and did give them a tongue lashing for taking them.

    i haven't been on a plane since - i'm pushing DH to buy an RV because i'm just sick of the "flying" environment.

    the next step at our airports will be stripping down to bra and panties.


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    Don't want to be the bearer of bad news but my Mum had a sewing kit taken off her flying from France to England...

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Don't want to be the bearer of bad news but my Mum had a sewing kit taken off her flying from France to England...
    Thanks K. I've decided to just take a couple of needles that I don't mind loosing, and nail clippers to cut my thread.

    Worst case scenario is they take my needles and I can't sew on the plane. I'll pack extras in my checked baggage.

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    Good plan - you might get away with it!

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    I just flew to Colorado and back on Northwest airlines. In my carry on I had knitting needles, a crochet hook, my stork scissors and a small quilting needle stuck into a spool of thread. I also had a 6 inch metal ruler (the one with the slide in the middle that we all used in Home-Ec class) and they didn't even blink when it went through x-ray. Maybe I got lucky but this is the second time I've flown with this stuff in my carry-on.

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