A question arose on another forum re knitting needles at Gatwick.
Gatwick does not list knitting needles as specifically,prohibited on their website, but they do have an extensive list and a catch all of " anything that can be used as a potential weapon"..which could be anything,,,down to a ball point pen, if you think about it.
The uk flight regulations state knitting needles are allowed in hand luggage. So one would assume as uk government says yes, and Gatwick does not specifically say no, that they are permitted.
Not so, Gatwick customer service are saying by email to the forum member that they are prohibited, and that they cannot be put in hand luggage, irrelevant of uk government policy and irrelevsnt of the fact they dont mention it on their website,,it's specific to Gatwick and the poster will have her knitting needles confiscated, irrelevant of type of I needle.
There is no indication as to why Gatwick differs to the uk policy or any drive to update their website to have them on the prohibited list. Just simply " no".
I don't knit, but i know lots of people do, so I think this is a bit off, if they are prohibited by Gatwick,,,they should be listed as prohibited by gatwick. Otherwise, people stand to have them confiscated unless they ask specifically in advance.
Any thoughts? I know an exhaustive list is not possible, but knitting needles is quite a common one ( unlike say catapults, which are listed!). It also shows the lists provided are simply not reliable for passengers.