Let's take a look, shall we, at Cozumel's restricted items list. You'll note the vagueness. Surely, I'm not going to try to argue or convince you that knitting needles can't be classified as "Sharp or Pointed Instruments". It's a catch-all, an item left to the discretion of the attendant. I mean, HELLO, the item immediately following "sharp instruments" is "blunt instruments". Could you be any less descriptive? I could package most anything into one of those categories.
Now... you might be feeling sorry for this poor woman, who was only doing her job and looking out for safety, etc... Let me tell you what she DID let me travel with. To start. Scissors. Really sharp, exacto brand scissors, to be precise. One of the only items specifically printed on the Prohibited Items list*. Oh, and, wait for it... the second set of Signature needles that were hanging out at the bottom of my bag on my back-up project. Seriously.
So, it could have been worse. I could be down two sets of circulars. I could have had to fly without anything to knit (THANK HEAVEN FOR BACK-UP PROJECTS!). I probably should have been forced to leave my scissors behind. Yada, yada. None of these optimistic, glass half-full thoughts make me any less upset about the loss. In the future, I will resort back to my 007/Mission Impossible mannerisms. And, I heed you, travelers beware!!! .
* These scissors 100% comply with the TSA prohibited items list in effect at O'Hare.