March 06, 2013
TSA to Allow Pocket Knives on Airplanes
By Chad Love
Small pocket knives, hockey sticks and wiffleball bats are apparently no longer threats to airline safety. They will now be allowed to be carried on to airplanes instead of being confiscated and sent to wherever it is that confiscated pen knives have been sent to for the past 12 years...
From this story on usatoday.com:
The Transportation Security Administration will allow travelers to bring small knives, golf clubs and hockey sticks into airline cabins for the first time since 2001, TSA chief John Pistole announced Tuesday. The change, intended to conform with international rules, will take effect April 25. The announcement came as Pistole spoke to a security conference in New York, and marks the first big loosening of restrictions for carry-on items since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
However, don't break out your big honkin' tactical folders just yet. There are restrictions to what you can bring aboard. According to the story, knives cannot be fixed blades, must not have a "molded grip." Blades cannot be longer than 2.36 inches or wider than half an inch. Locking blades are not permitted. And box cutters or razor blades are still verboten. In addition, you can now carry on "novelty size and toy bats less than 24 inches long and weighing less than 24 ounces," as well as pool cues, ski poles, hockey and lacrosse sticks and up to two golf clubs.
Anyone ever lose a favorite pocket knife at a TSA checkpoint? I have, and it sucked. Hopefully, these new rules can help prevent that from happening in the future.