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Flying with Needles
Created By: Susan Frye

In December, 2001, I had to travel to Boston for business. I was in the midst of knitting gifts for Christmas and doing my best to finish my projects in time for the holiday. After 9/11 all sorts of restrictions were imposed on airline passengers and one of them made bringing knitting needles on board questionable. I was determined to use my downtime at the airport to knit, so I brought along bamboo circular needles. I figured this was safe, having a minimum of pointy objects and no metal on my person. I carried my project in a clear zip top bag and kept my fingers crossed that they wouldn't confiscate it. The trip to Boston was uneventful. On the return trip back to southern California from Logan Airport there were armed military personnel as you entered the security area. They asked if I had an sharp, pointed objects on my person and I said I had bamboo knitting needles. I took the bag out to show them and the officer didn't know what to make of it and pointed me in the direction of a security screener who was old enough to be my grandmother. I showed it to her and she smiled and waved me through. I had at least an hour to wait before my flight and was happy to have the opportunity to make good use of my time knitting. I'm fortunate that I don't suffer anxiety when traveling because knowing that I was flying on the same airline and through the same airport that some of the unfortunately travelers on 9/11 did could have been unpleasant. Having an instant stress reliever like knitting can make all the difference.

Subsequent travels by air, car and train always have a knitting project along. I enjoy watching people, especially children, watch me knit. I just hope that maybe someday one of them will be curious enough to give knitting a try themselves.

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