R. Lee Ermey Knitting



Yes, the former Marine sergeant and actor who played the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket (NSFW language) can knit. Got a problem with that?

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Yes you are allowed them on the plane. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm
as of 11/5/2011 . I can tell you I recently flew with a pair of circulars with no problem. I was even able to bring a small pair of snips for my yarn.
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Knitting is great. It takes longer than crocheting but i feel more satisfied with a knit hat than a crocheted hat and the several hats i have made are quite warm. I like to use 5 needles when knitting in the round.
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Y'all really need to review TSA guidelines. ANY knitting needles are okay to take on planes, even metal ones. HOWEVER, if the screener decides to be more stringent, they may, which is where the erroneous information about metal needles probably came from.

Per the TSA website:

Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage.

Items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage with the exception of circular thread cutters or any cutter with a blade contained inside which cannot go through the checkpoint and must go in your checked baggage.

Note there is no mention of materials. I got an entire collection of Addi Turbo circular needles (metal knitting needles connected by a cable, for knitting tubes like sweaters, socks, and hats) through security in 2004 when I deployed overseas. I even got scissors through -- because they had blunted tips and blades shorter than four inches.

You know why I could do all that? BECAUSE I DID MY DAMN RESEARCH INSTEAD OF RELYING ON FAULTY MEMORY FROM A DECADE AGO.

Sheesh.
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