If you’re wondering if you can bring crochet hooks on a plane, the answer is yes.
According to the TSA, you can bring crochet hooks in both your carry on and checked bags.
But does this apply to all types of crochet hooks, what about when flying internationally with crochet hooks, and are you allowed to crochet on a plane?
Let’s find out.
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Carry On Bags vs. Checked Bags
The TSA state that crochet hooks are allowed to be packed in both your carry on and checked bags.
One thing to note is that the TSA state that if you are planning on packing any sharp items in your checked bags, they should be “sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors”.
Most crochet hooks are fairly blunt, so this usually isn’t something to worry about, but there are definitely sharper ones out there.
Domestic vs. International Flights
While it can sometimes be an issue to bring knitting needles on a plane in some countries, especially in Europe, there is usually nothing to worry about when it comes to crochet hooks.
Crochet hooks do no look dangerous or can be used as a weapon, so whether you’re travelling to Europe, the UK, Canada, or any other country, there should be no issue packing crochet hooks in either your carry on or checked bags.
Note that while you will usually be fine, there have been some reports of overzealous security officers in Mexico who may find crochet hooks to look suspicious.
So it can be hit or miss if you can bring crochet hooks on a plane in your carry on bags in Mexico.
Type of Crochet Hooks
Crochet hooks typically fall into two different categories: inline hooks and tapered hooks.
You won’t run into any issues bringing either type in your carry on or checked bags.
Crochet hooks can also be made from wood, plastic, steel, aluminum, but again you should be fine travelling with any type.
The exception, as mentioned, is Mexico.
If you are flying from or within Mexico, it might be a good idea to either leave the steel or aluminum crochet hooks at home or packed them in your checked bags.
Other Sewing Supplies or Crafts You Might Want to Bring
- Sewing Machines: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
- Nail Clippers: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
- Scissors: Yes, but only if under 4″ from the pivot point
- Sewing Needles: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
- Knitting Needles: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
- Spray Starch: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
- Staplers: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
- Tape Measures: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
- Tweezers: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
- Rotary Cutters: Yes, in your checked bags but not your carry on
- Safety Pins: Yes, in both your carry on and checked bags
How to Pack Crochet Hooks for Flying
The only thing you really need to be aware of when packing crochet hooks for flying is to place any you will bring in a knitting tool bag, especially if you are checking your bags in.
This is to avoid injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.
If you’re flying to a country where you think you might have a problem with bringing crochet hooks, such as Mexico, it can be a good idea to bring a piece you are working on with you, so you can point what they are used for.
You may have an easier time with airport security if you do this.
You Can Knit, Sew and Crochet on a Plane
If you can’t wait to get to your destination to work on your next piece, or you have a long-haul flight ahead, you’ll be pleased to know that you can sew, knit and crochet on a plane.
There are no restrictions on taking the sewing supplies or crafts out of your carry-on bags and using them to start sewing, knitting or crocheting.
Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t knit during takeoff, landing or during strong turbulence due to the increased likelihood of an accident occurring.
Ella Dunham, a Freelance Travel Journalist and Marketing Manager, boasts an impressive career spanning eight years in the travel and tourism sectors.
Honored as one of "30 Under 30" by TTG Media (the world’s very first weekly travel trade newspaper), a "Tour Operator Travel Guru" and "Legend Award" winner, Ella is also a Fellow of the Institute of Travel, a Member of the Association of Women Travel Executives, has completed over 250 travel modules, and hosts travel-focused segments on national radio shows where she provides insights on travel regulations and destinations.
Ella has visited over 40 countries (with 10 more planned this year).