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Can I take my knitting needles on my locum tenens flight?

Posted by VISTA Staffing on Mar 3, 2014 11:53:00 AM

No, this is NOT the strangest carry-on question I’ve received, but in thinking about physicians traveling to locum tenens assignments and actually having a little free time to pursue other interests, it seemed like a good answer to share.

The good news is, knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage.

The not-as-definitive news is that TSA Security Officers have the authority to determine right there on the spot if an item could be used as a weapon. Therefore they may not allow your knitting needles to pass through security.So, if you do decide to carry on that scarf you are knitting for Aunt Sophie, TSA recommends the following:

  • Circular knitting needles shouldbe less than 31 inches in total length
  • Bamboo or plastic (not metal) needles are preferred
  • Scissors must have blunt points
  • Carry a self addressed envelope so that you can mail your knitting back to yourself if a Security Officer does not allow your knitting tools through security. Otherwise you will have to surrender them at the security check point
  • Always carry a crochet hook with yarn in your knitting bag to save the work you have already done in case your knitting tools are surrendered at the checkpoint

Ok, but what about needlepoint? TSA says that most needlepoint project tools are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage except circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside.These items cannot be taken through a security checkpoint. They must go in your checked baggage.

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VISTA Staffing Solutions has over thirty years of experience providing award-winning customer service to clients and providers alike. Headquartered in Salt Lake City with additional offices in Atlanta and Houston, and employs approximately 1,000 people between corporate staff and field clinicians and contracts with over 2,500 physicians across 60+ specialties and subspecialties. VISTA helps U.S. hospitals, medical practices, and government agencies optimize their physician staffing, ensure quality and continuity of care for patients, and maintain financial stability. As a leading provider of U.S. Locum Tenens and Permanent Physician Search Services, VISTA also operates VISTA Select, a first-of-its-kind technology and services solution utilizing advanced data and analytics to provide healthcare organizations with customizable workforce optimization solutions.