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Pocket knives, other items to be allowed on airplanes

This news story was published on March 6, 2013.
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tsa-knives-2013WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) established a committee to review the airline prohibited items list based on an overall risk-based security approach. After the review, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole made the decision to start allowing the following items in carry-on bags beginning April 25th, 2013:

– Small Pocket Knives – Small knives with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width will be permitted
– Small Novelty Bats and Toy Bats
– Ski Poles
– Hockey Sticks
– Lacrosse Sticks
– Billiard Cues
– Golf Clubs (Limit Two)

This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives. This decision aligns TSA more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

These similar items will still remain on the prohibited items list:

– Razor blades and box cutters will remain prohibited in carry-on luggage.
– Full-size baseball, softball and cricket bats are prohibited items in carry-on luggage.

Click here for more information on items allowed and not allowed.

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