So you are flying to SAGA Sewcation in Orlando, Florida and want to know what the rules are regarding your precious sewing items and the airport/airplane security.
The TSA has a wonderful website and on the site you can search under ‘Traveler Information’- ‘What to know before you go’- ‘Permitted and Prohibited Items’. The site lets you type in the item (such as ‘sewing machine’) and then it gives you the answer.
It’s important to know that even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane.
Here are just a few of the answers from the TSA website regarding some basic sewing items:
Yes, these can go on the plane.
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and Security Officers.
Some other useful information to know before you go:
The 3-1-1 Liquids Rule
You are allowed to bring one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces or less per container. Consolidating these containers in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage enables TSA officers to screen them quickly.
3-1-1 for carry-ons. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.
Be prepared. Each time a TSA officer stops to physically screen a carry-on bag, it slows down the line. Practicing the 3-1-1 rule will facilitate the checkpoint experience.
If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, creams and pastes in checked baggage.
And very importantly, do not forget to have a government issued photo ID with you so you can actually get on your flight! (see the TSA website for accepted forms of ID).
So hopefully this article has helped you to decide what you can carry on to the plane and what needs to be packed. Unfortunately you are on your own regarding what clothes and shoes you will need!