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    Super Member Vanuatu Jill's Avatar
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    Just wondering if any of you know what type of scissors are airline approved to be in carry-on luggage. Going back to Vanuatu next month and want to work on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt during the wait at the airport and long flight! Thanks

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    Scissors with blades less than 4" are allowed, per TSA's website.

    Last time I traveled, my scissors measured 3 1/2" and I got pulled over at every check point and my carryons were searched.

    I advise bringing the smallest scissors possible, take them out of the bag and put them in the container with your shoes to be scanned, and then you should go right on through :D:D:D

    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ted-items.shtm

    PS I always check this site the day before I travel, to make sure there haven't been any changes :wink:

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    Scissors - metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches are approved.
    NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

    tsa link:
    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...d-items.shtm#4

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    You might want to check with the airlines you are flying on. This info should be on the airlines web site. Dental floss holders have a cutting edge that you could use possibly.

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    Are you using them to cut the fabric or just thread? If just thread I take a clover thread cutter with me and put my scissors in the check in luggage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstodo
    Are you using them to cut the fabric or just thread? If just thread I take a clover thread cutter with me and put my scissors in the check in luggage.
    Just the thread-I have cut the hexagons and papers already and will put them in a plastic tote. I'll check the Clover out-thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    You might want to check with the airlines you are flying on. This info should be on the airlines web site. Dental floss holders have a cutting edge that you could use possibly.
    Never thought of dental floss-good idea-I'll try it first to make sure it is sharp enough without fraying the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstodo
    Are you using them to cut the fabric or just thread? If just thread I take a clover thread cutter with me and put my scissors in the check in luggage.
    this is what i would do also

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    Thanks-I'll check out the site. One of the problems is going through Fiji-not the brightest bananas in the bunch-they gave me a REALLY hard time with my small make-up mirror-it can be lit up if you put a tiny battery in it, which I never did-they wanted to see it work and after at least 20 minutes of trying to get them to understand you needed a battery to make it work and I didn't have one-they even took it apart! I was SO angry! On my trip over there in August, they took away my lipstick because it wasn't in the proper clear plastic zip lock bag! I had one in my carry-on, but it wasn't the RIGHT SIZE! I had NO problem going thru LA, so why Fiji on a short lay-over in the departure lounge?? Anyway, with them you never know what to expect-they make up their own rules as they go I guess.

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    I used a small pair and the bag got tagged, searched and resent through the xray on the way to Houston from Charlotte. On the way back to Charlotte, I pulled the scissors out and put them in the bin with my shoes, like someone else stated and I had no problems.

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    I know rules for flying in the Uk are different from the states but a couple of years ago I took my cross stitch on board on a trip to Germany.
    No scissors...threads all cut etc with the thought I could neated them later.
    During the flight I was politely but firnly asked by the stewardess to put it away...and how had I managed to get it through security...explained no scissors and she told me needles weren't allowed either...didn't want to argue it was blunt!
    I think I might try and see if the rues have relaxed a little here too.
    I am all for improving safety but it has to be practical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstodo
    Are you using them to cut the fabric or just thread? If just thread I take a clover thread cutter with me and put my scissors in the check in luggage.
    Just the thread-I have cut the hexagons and papers already and will put them in a plastic tote. I'll check the Clover out-thanks!
    I use a pair of fingernail clippers if all I need is to just cut thread. Never had any problems taking a pair of fingernail clippers with me on the planes for that.

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    I wouldn't take any scissors at all even if they say you're allowed to. You can come across an inspector who may decide to create a fuss. I always take an empty dental floss container. Works like a charm.

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    Never thought of the needle-hope they allow that! I guess it is best be up-front-It will all be in a clear plastic art bin tote which I can put thru the exray. If they take it away, it just means I can't work on it at the airport or on the plane, but can replace them in Vanuatu when I get there. I'm not worried about LA-but Fiji is a real pain in the %#$
    Thanks Sherryl-I can see if DH will carry a small fingernail clipper-so if they take mine off me, maybe they will let his pass.

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    If they are that picky I would do the dental floss container a lot cheaper to replace if they should take it. I would also only take one needle on the plane no sense having to replace it all when you get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstodo
    If they are that picky I would do the dental floss container a lot cheaper to replace if they should take it. I would also only take one needle on the plane no sense having to replace it all when you get there.
    good point!

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    I have tried to find out a few times if I could take a needle on a plane and I keep hearing "it's up to security at the particular airport", so I haven't done it.

    I too remember the days when you could cross stitch in planes- it was a great way to fill time.I suppose some looney can make a poison dart out of a sewing needle or something? The mind boggles.

    As for taking a scissors through Fiji- my prediction is that it will end in tears- bring a nail clippers (one without a file, of course!) I hope you can get a needle or two through.

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    Here's another point to be very aware of if you're looking for a non scissor solution... You know those thread cutters (Fons and Porters) has them, that are the pendant kinds that look like round broach/pendant you'd wear on your neck or can attach to your keychain that have the little divits around them where you can place your thread to cut it... these have razor blades in them and aren't allowed either, so don't buy one in efforts to avoid the problems of bringing scissors. It's a waste of money as they will get confiscated.

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    I use the tiniest scissors for the trip. Mine only measure 3 inches....and I put them on a lanyard, so that I could but it in the bin with my shoes...no problem going thru.
    The lanyard is also good so that you don't drop them on the plane.
    Take only 1 needle with you as carryon. You can take an extra in your checked luggage. I took big scissors with in the checked luggage and needles. I put them in an outside pocket inside a pair of socks. I showed them to the person checking me in and she said that was just fine the way that I had them.

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    Blunt children's scissors went back and forth to Hawaii with no problems. I agree with putting them with your shoes to be scanned else they will need to open everything up to see it.

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    I took a pair of small embroidery scissors to work on some quilting while on a Delta flight. The scissors and blades of the scissors fell well within the code. They were confiscated anyway because it "might make the other passengers nervous". I explained that they were within code and that they cost me $40. When they would not concede, I applied a quick twist of the wrist and rendered them unusable. The inspector looked at me and then said since they weren't any good anymore the airlines were not interested in confiscating them anymore. The 'mean' in me pointed out that they now made perfect blades. They wound up in the nearest trash recepticle and I almost got kicked off the flight. Not worth the hassle or heartache I felt at losing a favorite pair of scissors. Now everything is precut and I use a clover disc that hangs as a pendent around my neck.... no further problems.

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    I think I will try the empty floss container, and get the Clover finger ring cutter to try-the pendant has the round blade inside, but I think the ring is just like a floss cutter. Anyway, I'll try those. I'll bring the smallest needle I have and just hope I can keep it! If my stuff makes it thru LA, that's the main thing. Al least I can work on it at the airport waiting for the flight and on the plane. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darlin121
    The 'mean' in me pointed out that they now made perfect blades.
    The whole thing doesn't make much sense to me because a broken piece of a wine bottle would make an exceedingly sharp point and a fine weapon, and yet they allow them on all the flights...as "duty free" shopping.

    Why does no one object or declares a glass bottle a weapon? I have no idea unless it is the shops that are putting the pressure on to keep allowing them.

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    Here is a great pair. They have the blunt ends. They are kind of expensive but they are very sharp and will last you a long time. I purchased mine at a quilt show and I think they were 29.00 there.

    http://www.createforless.com/Heritag.../pid80124.aspx

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    I have a round point pair of friskars that I take on planes. Even the ones in my overnight essentials bag have been taken in airports in the past and they were only manicure scissors. I was extremely upset about it becuase I was on my return journey from a round the world trip. I had left US flown to Germany from Germany to Hong Kong to Singapore. On the way back, I was only flying from Singapore, stop in Hong Kong to LA back to GA and they were taken in Singapore.

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