16 December 2009

STOP PRESS - Knitting Needles Allowed on Planes

Yay!    Knitting needles are allowed on Australian planes.  I'm shouting for joy.  Leaping for the return of sanity. Quick Mr Bloke.  Book a flight somewhere.  Anywhere.  Now.  I feel a knit coming on.


UPDATE A Christmas present!

15 comments:

Paige B said...

Is it true? I was just relieved of my plastic crochet hook Adelaide - Sydney. Too pathetic.

Grand Purl Baa said...

Yes Yes It's TRUE. If the evening news can be believed! Perhaps security personnel don't watch the news. Or it doesn't come into effect until June next year, or....

....no....no... it has to be true.

And IMMEDIATE!

Paige B said...

In that case, bring on the long airport delays - the longer the better! Hooray! Thanks for the only useful and exciting news in years - I had given up watching in despair...

mem said...

I KNOW I KNOW I SAW IT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

little hat said...

They still look lethal to me. Especially those red ones. My grandmother used to threaten us with them if we didn't stand still as she spooled her wool from our poor little innocent hands.

Shell Sherree said...

Congratulations, Loani!! I can only imagine what kind of a happy dance you are doing at this news.

Knit 'n' Stitch said...

fantasmagorical. At last sense prevails

Penny said...

The rumour is that it still has to passed by Parliament and won't come into effect until July 2010. Even then the airlines have to relax their policy of no knitting/crocet on aircraft.
(sorry to be the bearer of bad news)

Paige B said...

Knitters unite! Lobby your pollies! Lobby the airlines! Could we march somewhere?? Or would we rather be knitting....

grrl + dog said...

yep..

they say they need to ficuson the "real risks"

us nannas cant be as scary as they thought.


NO wait a minute..

yes we are!

Grand Purl Baa said...

Errr. We could have a "knit-in". OR. We could just knit anyway at airports and on planes everywhere.

I get my wooden needles through security every time. I am just too well behaved to bring them out for show and tell. Well it would be a shame to loose my favourite KnitPicks for the sake of principal.

I am forced to read novels. Which is quite novel for me, preferring to knit than read. I know I know. A terrible admission. The sign of a true obsessive.

Luvvie said...

I must say how disappointed I was to note that ice picks are still on the forbidden list. So very useful for the G & T with a little too much ice preventing one from having access to the Gin.

Katt said...

i know i was chuffed to when i saw it!! NOT that i fly in planes but still Australia has to be the last country to allow it again which drove me nuts and was a BIG deterant for me to fly!!

Anonymous said...

I just spoke to a person at Tiger to ask if I can take my bamboo knitting needles on the plane from Sydney to Melbourne tonight and she said no!

I asked her to check again because I understaood they had been removed from the prohibited items list.

She checked and said I could ask at the check-in counter and they may or may not let me take them on-board.

I'm only taking a laptop which I can't check-in and I'm making my own way to the airport so I can't give them to anyone if they decide to confiscate so I'm not sure if I should take the risk.

I confirmed on a government website that they have definitely been removed from the Prohibited Items list, but they also had this little caveat on the same website:

"Each airline operates under its own Conditions of Carriage, which may indicate what you cannot take onboard or pack in your checked baggage. You should check with you airline if you are unsure whether you can take a particular item onboard."

So, while the government has removed the restriction, there is no guarantee individual airlines will follow suit.

Paige B said...

Thanks. This is a useful tip. Best to check with the airline beforehand, eh?