Hello from the US!!
I made it safe and sound. The security lines were massive. They pushed us through the metal detectors and x-ray machines fairly quickly (the US going passengers had their own scanner lines) and then we waited for almost 2 hours in a second security line to have everything personally searched and gone through.
It was hit and miss as to what they woulc allow you to bring. Some people were foreced to check their laptops which I would have been furious at as that is against my company policy. And to make it worse, some of the laptops checked never made it to the other end! I would be spewing right now! Luckily they let me take mine on with me.
I asked about my knitting needles and crochet hooks when I checked in and they said that they would be fine to take.
Come time for the security check of my stuff......they first looked at the needles - I explain what they are and say that they are the same as a pencil which I had in the bag.....they said okay to the needles and that yarn. The crochet hook they did not like....nor my ball of thread. The hook I can understand. The thread though????? What is the difference between that and yarn? What, am I going to do bop someone on the head with it? Strangle someone? Oh wait a minute, I have a sweater that was made out of a thin strand - I told the lady if she took my thread away that I could undo my sweater in 5 minutes and have another ball of thread....she glared at me but I did not care that that point. She put it in a bag and asked me to put my name on it saying that I would get it when I got to chicago. Not a chance! Thats one thread and hook I will never see again!
Oh well! I made it safe and sound and thats what counts!
I am off to pick up the neice and nephew - have a good weekend!