Hard to claim you don't know each other when you share needles...
Enjoy Sock Summit. Enjoy the rest after Sock Summit. From one of the many who will be with you in spirit only.
You should offer lessons and expland the knitting section. Works into my fantasy yarn shop located in an airport!
Impressed with your determination to get the blanket out into the world before that little baby climbs out! Play hard, work hard, have fun and send some sock summit love to this rain drenched island. I honestly truly deeply wish I was there.
The earliest time I've ever made a comment! Have a lot of knitterly fun...
Please, Please, Please get that Fleece to Foot competition on YouTube or dare I ask that you stream it live! Wish I could be there to see it in person. Enjoy the SS!
I got a compliment from the flight attendant about the stupid-easy baby blanket I was working on. AND I'm going to be in the Portland airport when SS is over! I'm SO excited!
Love to knit away the time on planes, have for years. I used to get strange comments. Now, it's "What are you knitting?" followed by "I knit/crochet, tried to knit/crochet, know someone who knits/crochets, love my hand knit/crocheted item." If only there was a way to make it as quiet on planes as it is in wonderful knit shops!
I need to have something to do with my hands, so knitting wins out during travel, sporting events, and pretty much any time when I might be waiting for something. I cannot imagine not knitting on a plane.
On the way to the first summit, there were a bunch of us that wound up in the same part of the plane, and we had lots of fun comparing plane projects and classes in front of the muggles.
I would knit on a plane.
I would knit on a train.
I would knit anywhere.
I could not refrain.
Well, if you'd wanted to faze her you could have asked if the other knitter was also on her way to a national sock conference -- because, you know, it's fully booked, closed, but yeah, she might just be going to sit in the lobby with the HUNDREDS of other knitters ...
Or maybe she'd have taken that in stride, too. Wonder if it requires a prescription?
Still working on the blanket? Does that mean that it's recipient still hasn't arrived?
Its, not it's. I know grammer, I just can't type!
Wistfully watching all the posts from SS start to roll in. Maybe next time.
I was afraid my knitting wasn't going to get on the plane with me. I wasn't going to believe it would until it did. I know, awfully pessimistic of me, but I truly ONLY wanted to knit on the plane.
I got the same comment from three flight attendants, "What are you knitting me?"
Pretty blanket - I hope it counts as "finished" even if it occurs far from home, and that the baby gets the message. I heard the weather is blissfully cool on the west coast - have a blast at Sock Summit!
I'm so envious of all of you going to the sock summit. Yes, I know you work your arses off to make it happen, but I'm still envious. Enjoy!
I mentioned to some non-knitting co-workers that I would have to do my SS homework on the plane. They could not believe that I could knit on a plane and proceeded to tell me that I was wrong - knitting is not allowed on planes. Never mind that I knit on planes all. the. time. and none of them have ever picked up needles in their lives. I assured them that yes, I could knit on planes. They were mortified and said something to the effect that terrorists will just need to bring knitting needles on to planes. I was really offended. Can't wait to leave the muggles and spend the next 5 days with knitterly folk! I actually have butterflies in my stomach, I'm so excited!
I don't travel as much as you but quite a bit. I have seen at least one person on every trip either knitting or crocheting....that is, at least one person other than myself! 8^) I always stop and check out what they are working on if I have the chance. Can't resist ever!!
I always bring knitting when I fly, but never can manage to get the necessary elbow room once I'm on the plane. How do you manage it?
Last time I knit on a plane, the girl beside me wished her knitting was with her. She was a fiber artist who knits, sometimes as part of her art, and we had a lovely time talking about wool and such all the way from Toronto to London, England.
It's like Snakes on a Plane, only waaaaaaay more fun.
I knit when I fly, too. It's the only thing that keeps me sane *and* keeps me from barfing. Bonus!
I flew from NH to Las Vegas last year by myself and it was a crazy and wonderful coincidence that the girl who was sitting in the row with me and I both pulled out our knitting at the same time! We immediately started chatting and knitting and did so for the rest of the flight! The flight attendant thought we knew each other since we were both knitting! It certainly made the flight go faster to have someone to chat with:-)
I so wish that I was going to Sock Summit with y'all. Instead, I'm going to visit my family in Vermont. And I will be knitting socks in the airport and on the plane.
Can you convert her?
How far is the blanket?
First comment for me on your great blog. I am one of those who didn't know you could knit on a plane either. I thought for sure knitting needles were a no-no.
I flew to El Paso once with my knitting and the woman beside me was Spanish speaking. Somehow the woman and I communicated the entire "leg" of the flight...she, in Spanish and I, in English about ... you got it, knitting.
I would be so jazzed to be on a PLANE in a knitting section. That miracle has never happened in my world. Didn't you want to run and meet the other knitter and bring her to your section?
I have no idea why I capitalized PLANE. I guess I was excited and needed to emphasize that particular word. I should have emphasized KNITTING SECTION.
I love it when I see people knitting everywhere. I wish the flight attendant had told you if she knits or asked for lessons. :o)
Knitting away, almost on a plane, socks of course, destination Portland, (((Wooooohoooo!!!)))
and Thanks!!! for throwing this party!
How hysterical that the leader of the Sock Summit is the one not working on socks. :)
The blanket is looking very lovely.
Last Saturday I had my circular needles cut up by security in Frankfurt Germany. I have flown out of that airport 13 times and they have never bothered my knitting. I had to fly 9.5 hours to Detroit with NOTHING TO DO WITH MY HANDS! I was far more dangerous without the knitting.
Hooray for plane knitting!! Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without it (those flight attendants don't know how lucky they are that I am in possession of needles and yarn). I'm packing to get on my own flight tomorrow morning bright and early - plenty of knitting!!
I love knitting on the plane and in airports. Of course you get the same comments wherever you sit to knit. I like the questions bag from Cafe Press and will order the other one from them when I get the time and $. Knitting has so enriched my life, I told the person who taught me that it was the best gift I ever received. Wish she was still here to come to groups with me. Have a great time at SS two of my friends will be there and we are all envious.
I think the idea of a "knitting section" should be expanded on somehow...small balls of yarn being distributed instead of peanuts, that sort of thing.
This makes me oh so happy - I'm flying home tomorrow and plan on taking my knitting! (I'm making tiny pink socks for the 3-year-old I nanny.)
Glad you had another good knitting on a plane experience!! Can't wait for this weekend!
And I will have you know that knitting needles are allowed on flights from Heathrow to SFO, because I just flew from there! I went on my first international flight a week or two ago, and while I knew I could get away with knitting TO London, I was worried about bringing it on the plane leaving London, because I heard (a long time ago) that you couldn't. I did find their website where it said it was ok, but you still never know. hehe :)
No other knitters on my flight that I know of, though. I didn't get one comment or look, from the businessmen I was surrounded by. LOL :)
Have a blast at Sock Summit! I wish I could go!
@Dianna of the fantasy yarn shop in an airport - if RDU could have a 2nd hand sci-fi book shop, *any* airport could have a yarn shop.
Turn that dream into reality!!!
I always knit on the plane, too, and every single time some guy says "I can't believe they let you on the plane with those" (heavy emphasis on "those"). I usually respond in my trying-hard-to-be-nice voice, "Did they let you on with a ballpoint pen?"
Funny story about that. I have never had a problem either....until departing from Singapore. Made them show me the rule and, at least according the book they showed me in the airport, turns out you cannot fly with them. HOWEVER! For some reason they let me on with my bamboo dpns but not my addi turbos. They did let me check a bag at the gate (of course they lost that bag), so I did not lose them. But it still sucks. I immediately thought of you - because I know you are always preaching this - maybe you should let people know that this knitter's love is not worldwide.
Happy Sock Summit! Hope everything else this week goes as smoothly for you as knits on a plane!!!
I actually did get on a plane, got out my knitting, and the other two women in my row, neither of whom I knew nor did they know each other, got their knitting out, too. It was lovely.
I'll be at Sock Summit on Saturday. Maybe I'll get lucky and see you there. In any case, take good care of yourself while you're there. If you need anything, I'm sure there'll be a couple of knitters somewhere in the vicinity who will happily fetch you anything you need.
I have always been able to knit while flying but once, at JFK, the guy watching the screen started yelling "sharp objects!" when my needles showed up. But they let me on the plane and I was able to knit away. Only knitter there. Only knitter waiting for the plane, as well. Sigh.
I missed this when I flew out to Portland this year. Got here Sunday-and just met 3 fellow SS attendees today. Last time I loved it when I caught the second leg of my trip-out of Chicago to PDX. There were knitters around me on the plane and I felt I was "with my people"-those who understand this love of knitting socks. It has been nice though, seeing more of Portland this year.
Checked out the CC this afternoon-still full of the OS Con folks-they're in the area we will be in. Wow, alot of work is going to have to happen to get ready for us tomorrow! Can't wait.
I know you'll be so busy, but I hope you know we all love you guys for making this wonderful thing happen.
My last flight the attendant wanted to know how I got on the plane with my knitting needles. My response came out rather cheeky, though it was not meant to be. "Uh.... My purse?"
Hope you got lots of work done on the blanket!! Socks will happen at the SS. Have a great time!!!
I just love the conversations that get started when you pull your knitting out in public...especially on airplanes! Looks like everyone was having a great time!
Is "sock, sock, blanket" the knitter's version of "duck, duck, goose?"
On our last overseas flight, I thought I saw another knitter untangling her yarn. Turns out she was untangling the wires from her iPod ear-buds! I was just a little sad..... not a kindred spirit after all......
that is the best...a row of knitters on the plane :)
Hope SS2 is a success. Hope the blanket is completed before the recipient's mother wants to kill you for making her suffer through advanced pregnancy in this summer's heat.
And, in light of your tweets, why don't you make it a tradition that you buy a new bra first thing in every major destination you visit? That way, you'll always have a new one on your travels -- and just might build up a useful collection of three or four that you'll be able to find when you need one.
It is my sincerest hope to travel indefinitely, by train across the continent with knitters and/or spinners on a retreat type train vacation. Of course I'd want to hit the stops with LYS's nearby. There's a great shop in Sacramento, just a 14 minute jaunt "a pied" from the train station, with a marvelous Indian restaurant on the trail.
I flew from Phoenix to Orlando and back last week and knit on a Haruni shawl the entire time. Nobody said a single thing about it.
I would have been tempted to push the call button to find out what pattern and if she was on ravelry!
This is the captain speaking, we are at cruising altitude and the knitting sign is ON!
Last time I flew to the SS from SFO. It was a riot! I was in the front of the plane and had my socks out, and every knitter who boarded after me yelled "YOU ARE GOING TO THE SOCK SUMMIT, AREN'T YOU??" Over and over again, I was asked, and we all loved that there were so many of us -- we weren't completely outnumbered by boring businesspeople! I'll tell you, though, I got a lot of looks from my non-knitting neighbors. I was wishing some of those knitters were sitting in my row.
I fly long haul (24 hours of travel, ugh) once or twice a year and always knit. Never had an issue and even gave a kitchener demo to a flight attendant once. In June I did a pair of Fetching from start to finish except for weaving in the ends (no yarn needle, sigh).
I shall be knitting on 3 different planes tomorrow and will be confronted by the eternal dilema: sock or baby sweater? - I'll have both with me, I'd hate to be under-yarned for a vacation.
Knitting on a plane! How fabulous! I am planning a trip from Connecticut to Tanzania (28hrs of air time) in December and only hope the airline will allow me to bring a small (maybe socks or a scarf) project in my carry-on. The airline info specifically says NO blunt objects. I guess I'll just have to check wth the airline before I leave. Maybe needle caps would work! Wish me luck!
Knits on a plane. Is that like Snakes on a Plane?
On a recent flight from Miami to Ottawa my project bag got pulled for inspection. The young man asked if there was anything dangerous in opening my bag. I said the only danger would be if any stitches came off my needles. I was using an US 11 so he had to feel them and twist them to make sure they were empty I guess. There was 3 knitting magazines in the bag along with KNITTING RULES, After he'd felt, sniffed and swipped. I was apparently deemed non-terrorist-like and allowed through, all in tact. Of course the funniest part was my partner was watching this from afar and doing the "I told you so" grin. I turned and blew him a kiss. Then emailed him after to say it was "no big deal" a minor annoyance but they were doing their job. It was US Air.
So far I've never had a problem with getting my knits on a plane. Elbow room is at a premium, especially as I fly Southwest aka The Big Grey Dog of the Sky *sigh*. I've never encountered other knitters on a flight, that would be fun. Have a blast at SS, & write often!
@Meg: That trip sounds like the best ever!! I would do it in a heartbeat...once I retire from the working world.
I am a Canadian living in Norway. My job requires me to fly all over the world and I always have knitting with me. A flight attendant on a KLM flight once informed me it wasn't allowed (though he didn't ask me to stop, was just trying to be helpful for when I went through the next security check) and I haven't tested trying to take metal needles through London Heathrow.
No fellow passengers have ever looked at me with anything other than curiosity. One 20-ish American man was so fascinated by the knitting of Noro socks he apologized for staring but said he couldn't stop watching!
It's almost impossible to go through any Norwegian airport and NOT see someone knitting (yep, love living in a knitterly part of the world). At Vagar airport in the Faroe Islands you CAN buy yarn at the gift shop. Not the only reason I would recommend a visit there, it's a truly lovely place.
I was recently denied the right to knit during jury duty. I wasn't on the jury- just in the "pool" of potential jurors and was not allowed to bring my knitting into the courthouse. This was after I brought them in the morning- not smuggled in any surreptitious way- and couldn't bring them back after lunch. A more astute sheriffs officer refused to let me in with them for the afternoon session. This led to all sorts of scandal. The office of Jury Management was called, the Jury Manager came down to the front of the court house to see if there was any way they would let me leave my bag (they would not). I had taken the train in that day so there was no locking it in the car. Eventually I had to ask (with the Jury Manager in tow) the sympathetic deli owner across the street to watch my bag. I was late for Voi Dier and scolded by the judge who could not understand why I was late, "they took my knitting" is frowned on as an emergency. It was all due to the dangerous, dangerous, needles. "How many do you have in there?!", I had three sets, I was working on a sweater. "Why are some wood and some metal", I tried to explain that different fibers fit better on different needles. Finally, my last argument was that they meet FAA regulations and I can knit on plains, the sheriffs officer said "Really?" then thought about it for a minute and said "Well, they don't have criminals on planes, we do, and your not bringing them in here." I was not a happy citizen.
Whenever I teach knitting class, the knitting on the plane thing always comes up. I reassure the students that, yes, I knit on planes all the time. And then, just to drive the point home, I show them my notions bag, which includes a 5 inch scissor, that I always take in my carry-on. Do they ever believe me? Of course not.
@bella33 at 9:36- the Faroe Islands have just joined my 'must-see' list! Any place with yarn at the airport has to be fantastic!
And I made a friend once traveling from Winnipeg back to Boston. We started chatting because we were both knitting in the lounge at the airport, separated for the Winnipeg to Minneapolis leg, and then wound up in the same row on the Boston flight. The poor beleaguered man sitting between us offered to change places with one of us as soon as the seatbelt light went out so we could sit together. We chatted and knit all the way back to Boston, have been friends ever since.
I've been knitting on planes for years. Always use my circulars though after dropping a dpn and having to ask the attendant to help me find it as it slid up some dozen rows!
I think the misconception about knitting on planes stems from after 9/11 when it totally was forbidden (knitting needles were POINTY after all. I pointed out to a TSA guy that so were pencils, but they let them on). I started crocheting with wooden hooks then. The advantage was I could put the hook with my pen, and TSA didn't have a clue what it was (and they weren't "banned"). TSA rules now clearly state that (in the US), knitting needles are allowed. I have a friend who CARRIES the notification with her when she flies, in case she has a problem.
I don't fly much, so haven't run into the knitting on a plane issue, but I remember attending a needlework conference when several people noted that they couldn't bring their scissors for needlework on the plane. The solution was to use the cutter in dental floss instead. Creative people always seem to find a way!
Obviously you were not flying Aer Lingus from Ireland to the US--you would all have had to knit with your fingers as the nice man at the Dublin airport would have confiscated all your needles. (Interestingly, flying on the same airline the other way around did not result in my needles being snatched from me.)
@Heather at 9:38 - I went to sit with a friend at the courthouse during divorce hearings and brought my knitting. The screeners would not allow me to bring it into the building, so I had to trek back to my car and stow the knitting. I totally forgot that I keep a pair of folding scissors in my purse, and when I returned and re-scanned, they caught the scissors. Luckily the screener agreed (after pleading) to let me leave my scissors with her until I left (they're not supposed to do that). However, if I had been on jury duty, they would have allowed me to have my knitting. Strange.
I flew just 2 weeks after air travel resumed after 9/11, and it was tough to fly without something to knit. After awhile, they allowed crochet hooks but not needles (never could figure that one out), and I brought a crochet hook and some beading to do when I saw another passenger knitting! Apparently they had relaxed the rules and allowed knitting needles - I was terribly jealous that I was "stuck" with my crocheting!
I've flown a couple of times now and no one gives a second thought to my knitting.
Sock Summit goes Airborne 101 Division. Way cool.
I always knit socks...(magic loop) on flights. Occasionally people ask me if it's allowed. And I always tell them that me knitting on the plane is MUCH safer than me NOT knitting on the plane.
Reading through the comments.....I carry the TSA allowed list with me when I fly, too.
It's much to hard ignore other knitting, especially inside a cooped-up plane. Talking to other knitters alleviates boredom. But next time you see a knitter in line for your flight? Hatch a plan to trick the flight attendant. Nothing illegal, just something funny.
Have fun at SS - maybe someday for me.
While I have had no trouble flying with knitting recently, during the "absolutely no pointy things" era I knew I would be very unhappy with nothing to do on a plane flight, so I bought a couple of skeins of embroidery floss, precut a few strands, and worked on a macrame bracelet. Honestly, I had no use for the bracelet, but it didn't really matter.
Hooray! I'll be there on Saturday. My special "wild side" yarn is here from Texas. Can't wait!!!
I love the way the blanket is turning out, are you going to have a pattern for sale?
I had a really embarassing experience in the Orlando Security screening last weekend. I packed all my knitting and some snacks in my carryon and not much else - the carryon I've used for years... and apparently never completely cleaned. My bag got extra scrutiny in the xray and when they pulled it I mentioned that I had metal needles in there joined by a metal wire that may look weird. The officer didn't offer any explanation on what they were looking for but he dug around in the bag. Taking each project out of it's pocket and finally rooting around in the outer pocket where I never put anything. I'd loaned the bag to my boyfriend for an overnight trip about 9 years ago. He apparently squirrelled away a pocket knife in the outer pocket and it had worked its way all the way to the bottom by the seam. I was mortified when the officer pulled out this huge pocket knife! I think he was amused by the look on my face when he found something that was clearly not knitting related. He offered to let me go mail it to myself and I explained that I hadn't dated the owner of that knife in 6 years so I didn't need it. I promptly cleaned out the pockets of all my luggage and travel bags when I got home - thoroughly cleaned them out!
See you at Sock Summit! SQUEE!
I was knitting on a plane today as I flew home from Edmonton from St. John's (socks).
Unfortunately, for those of us who fly in the US, the TSA rules also say that the screener has the final say. If a particular screener thinks your needles should not go on the plane, they won't, no matter what the rules say. And the rules for flying out of Europe to the US are more stringent than going the other way, so you may want to be prepared to not be able to knit coming back across the Altantic. The only time I've had a problem was coming out of Norway once. The X-ray woman was concerned, but once I figured out what she was asking about, and I assured her it was knitting needles, and she consulted 2 other people, they decided I could take them with me.
I love it!!!
My name is Knitsonplanes on ravelry....
On an international flight from Europe to the US, I was seated next to a knitter I didn't know. Totally random seat assignment. She was working on a glove, I had a sock. Shortest 8 hour flight ever! It was delightful.
Maybe we can get the airlines to designate a knitting section. I have met flight attendants who were knitters and when i told one i'd spun the yarn she stood their cooing until the other passengers were giving us dirty looks because they weren't getting their beverage. Knit on!
Every one admits that life seems to be not cheap, nevertheless some people need money for different stuff and not every person gets enough money. Thence to receive some loans and just car loan should be a correct way out.
Well, after reading all of the airline comments again...I strongly urge each knitter who is flying to specifically ask for the "Knitting Section". Stand up and be counted!
My brother-in-law, who works for TSA, claims the reason knitting needles are no longer banned on planes is because a Senator's mother had her needles taken away, and the Senator had the rules changed.
I boarded the plane from Minneapolis to Seattle on Tuesday on my way to two weeks with my parents, and two glorious days of Sock Summit. I of course waiting until the last minute so I could make the two people get up and let me in the window seat. The girl next to me had some knitting out (while I was getting my knitting out). So I said, what are you knitting. And she said, oh, a mindless dishcloth, something easy because I am actually on my way to this thing, you've probably not heard of it, called Sock Summit.
I looked her in the eye and said "Oh, but I have....."
And the rest is history.
How awesome, a whole row of knitters...have fun at sock summit. enjoy yourself as much as you can and try to relax. It's hard, I know, when you're the ones in charge, but do try. Looking forward to pics of sock summit and the finished baby blanket.
Good grief, of course one knits on planes! When will this crazy misconception die? Knitters do not in any way fit the profile of a terrorist threat. However, knitters deprived of their knitting can get cranky, so leave them alone... :-)
I knit on two planes each way during my recent trip from Los Angeles to Bangor Maine. A passenger at LAX came over to me as I knit in the terminal to say, Oh, they allow knitting now? Yup, I said, they do. Have for many years now.
When I boarded in Bangor, my bag was pulled aside and searched. They asked; Anything sharp in here. I said, there are knitting needles. Ok, they said. And what had caused the hand-search? Not the knitting needles. The fact that my prescription nasal spray was not in the same bag as my shampoo.
I boarded with 2 knitting projects on the needles (lace and a sock, both on harmony circs) and 4 more sizes of tips and cords in the carry-on. It was all ok. Thank goddess-of-wool!
Good luck with the Sock Summit! And August is almost here for R&R!!!
Next, a WHOLE PLANE OF KNITTERS! Make it so, please!
I can't help wondering how things are going at SS and wishing I were there. :(
I usually have socks with me to knit on a plane. I use signature dps. I travel with a self addressed stamped envelope that has enough postage on it to send the things back to myself, should the need arise. Though luckily... it hasn't.
As usual, sock summit and my teaching schedule collided this year, along with some unexpected family business. Imagine my total envy when, flying from Minneapolis to Salt Lake this morning, there where two women headed to sock summit. They looked SO HAPPY. I hope they, and everyone else, have a wonderful weekend. I'll think of you while I frantically grade exams and paper.
I would have LOVED to have seen a whole row of knitters on a plane! (Or a train. Or the movie theater. Or pretty much anywhere.)
I have to say I really loved this entry, although I did a double take at the title,
Knitsonplanes on ravelry.....
Love your blanket!! What's the pattern??
I had my knitting needles taken away in Bratislava airport in Slovakia! I was so furious, I may never use that airport again. They said they were dangerous, and their English was not good enough and my Slovak was not good enough to explain that even an anemic vampire would not be killed by a set of double pointed bamboos.
It is imperative that knitting be allowed on planes, the magic of yarn is necessary for an uneventful take-off and landing! And it helps with nervousness ; )
Some day, I'd like to be IN the knitting section, insead of BEING the entire knitting section.
I knit socks on a plane every time I am on a plane. Never had any trouble but lots of interest from both passengers and flight attendants.Last time I had one attendant watching, she left and soon I had 3 all admiring my simple little sock. They even liked the wrist bag I carry my knitting in. Sure wished I had washed it before I left.
Yesterday, at Latch On America, there was some knitting, but the best was the mom selling soakers. She was knitting them while selling them. I guess that's really fresh wool.
Hoping everyone is having too much sock knitting fun.
Thank you so much for putting on the summit! I'm loving my first big fiber event and seeing you and others I only know online, even if I've not been bold enough to introduce myself!
I've always been afraid of having my needles taken away, but you've inspired me to take them on my next flight Thursday!
I'm sure I've commented on flying with knitting before, but here goes again. I've knit on airplanes, domestic and international, since spring 2002 without a single problem or question. Really not an issue. That said, I don't use straight metal needles, so I can't speak to those, but no form of circular has ever been questioned, nor in the past few years have my embroidery scissors.
my needles made it from the US to Ireland - but were not allowed to return:-( Are the rules different coming from Ireland (Shannon) to the US?
Sock Summit was wonderful (it was so much better than that sounds!). Congratulations to you and the rest of the team.
Just travelled through London Heathrow Terminal 3 security earlier today, with 15cm metal double pins and they didn't even question it. Almost finished an entire sock on the flight that followed :-)
Regarding knitting on planes, I haven't ever had a problem in the US, but on a recent trip to South Suden (Yay, for the new country), I did have significant trouble getting onto a plane in Nairobi. I was not able to fly with my extra needles, but they ignored the needles I was already knitting with. On my return through Nairobi on a flight to Amsterdam, they attempted to confiscate my needles that I was using to work on a baby blanket, but I managed to convince them that my #4 Knitpicks were not any sharper than a pen. They did eventually let me get on with them, but it was a close call. So, note that you may have trouble in Nairobi, so make sure you have an extra bag handy that you can gate check your needles in.
I knit all the times on planes. What else are you suppose to do? Eat the food? Having just returned from Cuba I can tell you there are no problems getting the all the knitting you want on the plane. I took two projects with me and the Cubain officials didn't blink.