My fiancee relates the following:
I was just listening to one of my knitting podcasts, where the podcaster was interviewing an author of knitting books. They started talking about how they arrange their knitting needles in their luggage to get them on planes. The author puts them next to the seams of her bag so the blend in, or puts them in a pencil case with a bunch of pens and pencils! When middle-aged ladies are scheming how to get their knitting past security, you know things have gotten ridiculous.