With all the waiting when traveling by plane, why not crochet something?
A common question when crocheters travel is, “Can I bring crochet hooks on a plane?” The answer is yes, although there’s more to it.
There are other tools used in crochet you might wonder about like scissors. That’s covered too.
I’ve put together this guide to make sure you don’t have your crochet hooks confiscated when going through Airport Security.
Table of Contents
- Are Crochet Hooks Allowed On Planes?
- Can You Bring Metal Crochet Hooks On A Plane?
- Are Bamboo Crochet Hooks Better?
- Can You Bring Scissors On A Plane?
- Does Southwest Airlines Allow Crochet Hooks?
- Travelling Overseas
- Best Crochet Hooks For Traveling By Plane
- Helpful Travel Tips For Crocheters
- Final Thoughts
Can I Bring A Crochet Hook On An Airplane?
Yes, you can take crochet hooks on planes within the U.S. According to the Transportation Security Administration’s website:
Carry On Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes
It means you can take crochet hooks on the plane with you in your carry on baggage and your checked baggage. Happy Days! It’s worthwhile wrapping your hooks in a fabric holder since the TSA does specifically add:
Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.
Have your hooks wrapped in carry on bags too in case a TSA agent needs to check through your items.
It’s important to note there’s a warning on the TSA website stating:
The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.
Of course there’s the risk a TSA officer may decide your hooks can’t go through the security checkpoint. Following the tips below should help.
Don’t take your most treasured or expensive hooks in your carry on luggage, just in case. Put them in your checked bag.
Can You Bring Metal Crochet Hooks On A Plane?
I’ve read accounts on craft forums where crocheters had no issues with bringing metal/wooden or plastic crochet hooks on planes within the U.S.
It seems like it’s rarely an issue if traveling in the U.S. but can be if traveling outside of the U.S.
Place your metal crochet hooks in your checked bag when traveling outside the U.S.
Are Bamboo Crochet Hooks Better?
From my research, if traveling outside of the USA it’s better to take bamboo hooks with you in your carry on bag. Place them with pens in a compartment in your bag or a pencil case, as you go through a security checkpoint.
Does Southwest Airlines Allow Crochet Hooks?
Southwest Airlines Domestic flights within the United States allow crochet hooks on board the plane. They follow the TSA guidelines for what you can bring on the plane.
If you’re traveling to an international destination with Southwest Airlines, it’s best to place your metal hooks in your checked bags for your return flight to the U.S. Some countries like Mexico have strict rules about sharp objects.
Other Tools Used For Crocheting
Circular thread cutters like the Clover thread cutter or others with blades must be placed in your checked bags.
For carry on bags, scissors must be blunt, and the blades no longer than 4″/10cm from the pivot point. If you have longer scissors, place them in your checked luggage.
Make sure your travel scissors or safety scissors otherwise known as kindergarten style, fit within these rules.
A good alternative to scissors is a small pair of nail clippers.
Dental floss can also do the trick for cutting yarn. Dental floss has a little blade inside you can use to cut yarn.
You can bring sewing needles in your carry-on bag or in your checked bags. I’d leave them in your checked in luggage, doing any finishing is annoying on a plane.
As far as notions go, it’s best to have a little notions kit for traveling. It’s handy to have everything in one place. All your crochet tools such as stitch markers, yarn needles, tape measure etc can be kept in one convenient place.
This means you don’t have to dig for it once you’re on the plane and having it all together is easier for the agents.
Travelling Outside the United States
Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks are only allowed in checked bags. Don’t take them in your carry on bag.
Knitting needles and crochet hooks of any size and type (e.g. plastic, aluminum, bamboo) are permitted in carry-on or checked bags.
There used to be a restriction on knitting needles and crochet hooks on a plane in Australia but has since been removed. You can place them in your checked bags or take them on board.
United Kingdom (UK)
You can take your crochet hooks in your hand luggage on flights within the UK and in your hold luggage.
European Union (EU)
On their list of prohibited items is the following:
…tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels.
Don’t take any metal crochet hooks on board and stow them in checked in bags. It’s best to have bamboo or plastic hooks.
They specifically discuss scissors (no more than 6 cm / 2.3″ measured from the fulcrum) are allowed. Small craft scissors with blunt points are a good idea or small nail clippers.
It’s strictly prohibited to take crochet hooks on a plane in France. They must be checked in.
Of course, it’s always best to double check with the country’s polices before you travel.
Best Crochet Hooks For Traveling On Planes
Addi Comfort Grip Crochet Hook
Addi® Comfort Grip hook, featuring color-coded plastic handles for ease of organization. Perfect for those seeking a comfortable grip. The head has a shiny finish, a rounded lip, and a rounded groove.
Available in: US A (2mm), B (2.5mm), C (3mm), D (3.25mm), E (3mm), 3.75mm, F (4mm), G (4.5mm), H (5mm), I (5.5mm) and J(6mm).
- Good for stitches requiring loading. The shaft is long enough for them
- No thumb rests
London Kaye Hook Set
An unusual design where the handle is twisted but it has created for comfort. These are great for big bulky yarns and projects such a hats, scarves and afghans, pet beds and mats.
The set includes:
- Small – 9 MM (Green)
- Medium – 11.5 MM (Pink)
- Large – 20 MM (Blue)
- The lightweight plastic feels comfortable to hold
- Easy to crochet with bulky yarns
- Doesn’t tire out your wrist when using over extended periods of time
- Some users found a rough nub on the small hook
- Yarn does not glide as easily
Lion Brand Plastic Hooks
Includes sizes F-5, G-6, H-8, I-9, J-10 and K-10½. Each hook is marked for its size. Made of plastic. Set of six hooks.
- Made of plastic
- Comfortable to hold and use
- Glides through the yarn
- The thinner hooks might be a little bendy
Helpful Travel Tips For Crocheters
Travel rules and permissible items are subject to change – while this list is accurate for now, new rules can go up anytime. Always check the requirements of the country and airlines before you fly.
Here’s a handy tip: consider taking a padded mailing envelope and sheet of stamps with you when you travel. So on the odd chance your hooks are going to be confiscated, you can mail your package home to yourself!
There are a few tips you can use to ensure you have an easy trip with your crochet.
Think about how much time you’ll be able to crochet during your trip. Taking your latest crocheted afghan is probably not the best choice.
Prepare for small projects like hats and take the yarn needed which should only be a couple of balls. It helps to have a zip up bag for all your supplies.
Know your pattern and have a backup of it. You might not have wifi. If your pattern is online, download the pdf or print out a physical copy to take with you.
It’s also best to have a few rows of your project started by the time you reach the airport.
The transportation security administration agents are less likely to throw out your crochet hook if they see you’re working on something and aren’t just harboring sharp objects.
It’s best to only bring something you don’t mind losing. Don’t bring your favorite set of hooks. It’s not worth it.
Do your research before you go on your trip. Going through Airport security can be stressful, make it easy on yourself so there’ll be no issues.
At the end of the day, you can’t control what security will let you fly with. But with these travel tips and tricks, you have a pretty good chance of enjoying a flight full of crafting and relaxing.
It’s best to follow the rules and have no dramas. Sitting at the airports for hours on end and the flight time can be draining.
If you’re able to take your crochet hooks on the plane, that will certainly help pass the time. If not allowed, take a good book or your e-reader or listen to an audiobook.
I’d love to hear your experiences when traveling with your crochet hooks. Leave a comment below or get in touch with me here.