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    TSA Prohibited Items List Changing April 25th - Small Pocket Knives and Some Sporting

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    TSA Prohibited Items List Changing April 25th - Small Pocket Knives and Some Sporting Goods Items to be Permitted


    TSA established a committee to review the 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:


    • 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.



    Visit TSA.gov for more information on small knives permitted in carry-on luggage and sporting equipment permitted in carry-ons. Again, please note these changes are effective April 25, 2013.


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    TSA postpones allowing small knives back on planes

    Bart Jansen, USA TODAY8:07 p.m. EDT April 22, 2013

    TSA Administrator John Pistole had planned to allow knives back on board later this week.


    The policy change would have allowed travelers to carry pocketknives with blades up to 2.36 inches long onto planes.(Photo: Gene Blythe, AP)
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    • Flight attendants and even TSA air marshals have opposed loosening security
    • The delay will allow people to review the issue, the TSA says
    • The policy change had been justified by saying the TSA needs to concentrate on bigger threats



    WASHINGTON The Transportation Security Administration is postponing letting passengers carry small knives back aboard airline flights.
    After facing strong opposition to the policy change from flight attendants and its own air marshals, the agency said Monday it was delaying the policy change so that the airline industry, passenger advocates and law-enforcement experts could weigh in on what should be allowed on planes.
    "This timing will enable TSA to incorporate the feedback about the changes to the Prohibited Items List and continue workforce training," the TSA said in a statement.
    The TSA had planned to let the knives, with blades up to 2.36 inches, on flights starting Thursday. It would have been the first time they would have been back on passenger planes since Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists armed with box cutters hijacked four jetliners.
    American Airlines and United Airlines flight attendants protest the policy change at Los Angeles International Airport on April 1.(Photo: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images)

    TSA chief John Pistole had made the policy change March 5, saying that airport security screeners needed to concentrate on greater risks to air travel.
    He also said the change would better match international policy and that other potential weapons, such as scissors and knitting needles, have been allowed on planes since 2005.
    The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents 90,000 flight attendants and lobbied against the policy change, welcomed the postponement. The group argued that if TSA wants to change the policy, the agency must go through a formal rulemaking process.
    "In the wake of the terrorist bombing in Boston last week ... now is not the time to weaken transportation security," said Sara Nelson, international vice president of the Association of Flight Attendants. "Flight attendants are breathing a sigh of relief that the weapons that led to the deadliest attack on U.S. soil in our nation's history will not be allowed in the aircraft cabin this week."
     
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